IMPACTFUL

production

spark Theatrical knows that theater creates empathy, educates, provokes meaningful dialogue about social issues of our time, and unleashes power to take action to foster positive change both personally and within the larger community.

to creating adventurous and courageous new works that are inclusive and purposeful in unpredictable, improbable and novel environments.

The experience can result in a change in preconceived attitudes, a slight alteration in perception, or an internal confrontation with beliefs.

impactful

production

Spark Theatrical

spark Theatrical knows that theater creates empathy, educates,

provokes meaningful dialogue about social issues of our time, and unleashes power to take action to foster positive change both personally and within the larger community.

The experience can result in a change in preconceived
attitudes, a slight alteration in perception, or an internal
confrontation with beliefs.

Founded in the attitude and ethos of the 21st century, we are leading-edge theater producers committed to presenting
stories that have impact, that are relevant to our collective
lives – in the moment.

21 st CENTURY

ETHOS

Founded in the attitude and ethos of the 21st century, we are leading-edge theater producers committed to presenting stories that have impact, that are relevant to our collective lives – in the moment.

SPARK Theatrical is devoted to creating inspiring and courageous new works that are inclusive, immediate, and purposeful.

We produce work that immerses the audience into a time, place, and culture with circumstances that can be unfamiliar, often uncomfortable, and always thought provoking.

life altering

theatre

Our approach is to infuse the written word with veracious authenticity, allowing audiences to feel less like they’re watching a performance and more like they’re observing real people in genuine situations that unfold in real time.

Grounding ourselves in that moment, we strive for audiences to be committed and engaged, making unpredictable, profound connections simultaneously with the narrative, each other, and the community at large.

As producers it’s getting the work to the stage that matters. Our approach is to infuse the written word with veracious complexity and authenticity, allowing audiences to feel less like they’re watching a performance and more like they’re observing real people in genuine situations that unfold in real time.

Grounding ourselves in that moment, we strive for audiences to be committed and engaged, making unpredictable, and profound connections simultaneously with the narrative before them, and with each other, and the larger community.

alive &

pulsating

We are true theater aficionados who believe in the life altering impact of art. Fittingly, we are drawn to stories that are daring and can be shared in ways that fabricate a deeper understanding of who we are and the times in which we all live.

We are true theater aficionados who believe in the life altering impact of art. Fittingly, we are drawn to stories that are daring and can be shared in ways that fabricate a deeper understanding of who we are and the times in which we all live.

Our work is energized by genuine excitement, being in the moment, and the rush we get at every unexpected turn – no two of which are ever alike.

21 Century

ethos

Founded in the attitude and ethos of the 21st century, we are leading-edge theater producers committed to presenting stories that have impact, that are relevant to our collective lives – in the moment.

SPARK Theatrical is devoted to creating inspiring and courageous new works that are inclusive, immediate, and purposeful.

We produce work that immerses the audience into a time, place, and culture with circumstances that can be unfamiliar, often uncomfortable, and always thought provoking.

life altering

theater

As producers it’s getting the work to the stage that matters. Our approach is to infuse the written word with veracious complexity and authenticity, allowing audiences to feel less like they’re watching a performance and more like they’re observing real people in genuine situations that unfold in real time.

Grounding ourselves in that moment, we strive for audiences to be committed and engaged, making unpredictable, and profound connections simultaneously with the narrative before them, and with each other, and the larger community.

alive

& pulsating

We are true theater aficionados who believe in the life altering impact of art. Fittingly, we are drawn to stories that are daring and can be shared in ways that fabricate a deeper understanding of who we are and the times in which we all live.

raison d'etre

commitment

SPARK’s purpose is to encourage and support artistic excellence, nurturing writers, directors, actors, and creatives to experiment and grow.

From social justice to political ambiguities and gender discrimination to civil strife, from internal conflict to complicated relationships the manner in which subjects are presented causes us to think differently. The art of theater inspires a distinctive form of processing. Contextualizing issues on the stage opens a path for processing specific aspects of life in a unique framework.

SPARK Theatrical is investing in the process of bringing the story to the stage. In that process there are difficult decisions to be made, conflicts to resolve, and strong teams to build. We are committed to managing the process, and cultivating new ideas through experimentation, exceptional art and meaningful partnerships with innovative local, regional and national playwrights, artistic directors, directors, actors, and creative who bring the play off the page and onto the stage.

open

conscience

core

understandings

At the core of SPARK is partnering, developing, and producing a common vision for the underlying story to manifest the work on stage.
Laurie Bernhard, our Producer, through a feverish process of dialogue, readings, scrutiny and reasoning, selects all productions.

core

understandings

With Laurie Bernhard's leadership, Spark Theatrical’s distinctive communal working principles foster a combination of initiative, conscientiousness and purpose that are responsible for remarkably groundbreaking performances.

core

understandings

Our process is both thought and discussion based and collaborative; less ‘notes’ and more direct communication and interaction. Hands-on producing becomes integral to the organic, creative process furthering development of the playwright’s work.

Engagement with direct connection proves most successful and rewarding facilitating conversation between playwright and director. The difference is evident in the experience and the result.

open

understandings

At the core of SPARK is partnering, developing, and producing a common vision for the underlying story to manifest the work on stage.

With Laurie Bernhard's leadership, Spark Theatrical’s distinctive communal working principles foster a combination of initiative, conscientiousness and purpose that are responsible for remarkably groundbreaking performances.

Productions offer artists ownership of the process and a place in which they can work with unhindered exploration in a safe environment.

Our process is both thought and discussion based and collaborative; less ‘notes’ and more direct communication and interaction. Hands-on producing becomes integral to the organic, creative process furthering development of the playwright’s work.

Engagement with direct connection proves most successful and rewarding facilitating conversation between playwright and director. The difference is evident in the experience and the result.

Laurie Bernhard is committed to developing and producing daring plays that provide a lens into the human condition. An attorney by trade, she founded a company specializing in business consulting for nonprofits before turning to theatrical producing. Her connection of Bernhard Solutions with its selective nonprofits links the impact of the plays produced to directing people to a call-to-action.

After finishing the Commercial Theatre Institute’s Producers Intensive at the O’Neill Center and other CTI programs. She credits her hands-on experience with Debbie Allen and her show “FreezeFrame...Stop the Madness”, a powerful production about gun violence and growing up in South Central LA, as the inspiration for developing shows with hard hitting, timely, and challenging subjects. Combining her passion for theatre and nonprofits, it is SPARK Theatrical’s intention to link shows with local nonprofits that address issues presented in that show.

Laurie serves on the Board of the Ojai Playwrights Conference and the Thunder River Theatre Company. Currently, she has multiple projects under development.

Laurie Bernhard is committed to developing and producing daring plays that provide a lens into the human condition. An attorney by trade, she founded a company specializing in business consulting for nonprofits before turning to theatrical producing. Her connection of Bernhard Solutions with its selective nonprofits links the impact of the plays produced to directing people to a call-to-action.

After finishing the Commercial Theatre Institute’s Producers Intensive at the O’Neill Center and other CTI programs. She credits her hands-on experience with Debbie Allen and her show “FreezeFrame...Stop the Madness”, a powerful production about gun violence and growing up in South Central LA, as the inspiration for developing shows with hard hitting, timely, and challenging subjects. Combining her passion for theatre and nonprofits, it is SPARK Theatrical’s intention to link shows with local nonprofits that address issues presented in that show.

Laurie Bernhard is committed to developing and Laurie serves on the Board of the Ojai Playwrights Conference and the Thunder River Theatre Company. Currently, she has multiple projects under development.

experimentation

& collaboration

What we look for is a reflection of the work.

We work with thought provoking, spirited, fully passionate individuals that are ‘all-in’ with a desire for a collaborative, meaningful producer.

We strive to reach beyond the four corners of the play.

Laurie professes that, “Reflections are similar to opportunities uncontained allowing for the biggest breakthroughs. SPARK lives for the opportunity to bring playwrights’ works from CONCEPT to STAGE!”.

We want the audience to step out from themselves, expanding the boundaries of experience.  It is the interpersonal relationship that each audience member has with the work that is meaningful.

Working diligently to provide an artistic ecosystem that fosters community, collaboration, experimentation and artistic growth, we produce challenging and original works in intimate settings.

project

submission

SCRIPTED PLAY OR DETAILED PROPOSAL

If you aspire to submit a work or propose a production to SPARK Theatrical, following are the broad strokes:

Proposals can be for a treatment, or scripted play, for a work in development, or any compelling format that inspires us to want to produce and share it with audiences.

Questions about proposals should be sent to Laurie Bernhard, at

inquiry@SPARKTheatrical.com

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connect

The art of getting in touch.

However you choose to contact us, we look forward to hearing from you!

Stage Notes:


inquiry@SPARKtheatrical.com
310.600.7141

Los Angeles, CA