Mustard Seed Entertainment Theater and Film Company is a multi-ethnic, ensemble-based theater company. We commission and produce new plays, both original works and contemporary adaptations of classics, which combine the artistry of professional and community collaborators. By making theater with and for people of many ages, cultures and levels of theatrical experience, Mustard Seed Entertainment builds bridges between and within diverse communities in our home city of Los Angeles and nationwide.
We believe society can flourish when its members know and respect one another, and we value theater made in that spirit.We value art that is contemporary, community-specific, responsive, multilingual, innovative, challenging, and joyful.We value theater that directly reflects the audience.We value the artist in everyone.
Who We Are
Mustard Seed Entertainment was founded in 1980 as a multi-racial ensemble dedicated to using theatre as an agent for positive social change. Our mission is to develop and present new plays and playwrights, present classic plays in a style that sheds new light on our lives and work, and present theatre to under-served audiences-especially young people-to build life skills and promote participation in our society.
Artistically, we are interested in returning theatre to its ancient role of gathering the community to examine social, political and spiritual issues that affect us as individuals and as a whole. Our emphasis on multi-racial casting and the development of new works by women and writers of color is an attempt to bring to that examination a range of voices that reflect the true diversity of contemporary America. Our aim is not to exclude, but to cast a wider net.
What We Do
We develop and present new plays and playwrights. We present classic or previously-produced plays in a style that speaks to issues confronting comtemporary American audiences. We use the tools of the theatrical trade to help young people develop the communication, observation and literacy skills necessary for healthy development and to help educators improve and extend students' learning experiences. We work to foster positive interaction between people of different backgrounds, and offer alternative examples that focus on our commonality instead of our differences. We are a vital community resource, serving people who are discouraged from attending traditional theatre by price and subject matter, and providing resources and support to educators and community service providers in improving the lives of their constituents.
In all of our work, we seek to share our vision of a united future, in which differences, particularly racial or ethnia, are seen as added flavor to the melting pot and not as unwanted or unnecessary ingredients.
Doing shows that we want to see, Mustard Seed Entertainment makes theatre fun and relevant to today's complex audiences.
Mustard Seed Entertainment is a non-profit Nigerian theatre company, producing a varied season which focuses on new or non-traditional approaches to theatre. We create quality entertainment that attracts new audiences, including those who have been reluctant to attend traditional theatre offerings. By appealing to this neglected demographic, Mustard Seed Entertainment builds and fosters an educational, social, and artistic environment
Mustard Seed Entertainment Theatre Company is a registered charity that was founded in June 12 1980. Olabisi aka doctall trained as an actor and director at The New York Film Academy(NYFA),Abuja,Nigeria. He has worked extensively as a performer,producer and director and his credits include work with the BBC and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Olabisi aka doctall formed Mustard Seed Entertainment in order to enhance the understanding and appreciation of African culture and arts, amongst society as a whole. The Company's primary aim is to advance the education of members of the public in the arts and in particular but not exclusively in African arts and to use traditional African theatre art forms as a vehicle for facilitating learning and self-development particularly amongst children and young people.
Mustard Seed Entertainment's fundamental principle is that its work should have a meaningful effect in the lives of the young people involved: it should educate, empower, motivate and inspire them and at the same time, it should be fun.
A Management Committee,olabisi12 the majority of whom are experienced in working with children and young people and have extensive knowledge of African arts and culture, oversees Mustard Seed Entertainment. The Company has a core group of performers and workshop leaders and has a full-time Administrator.