Since 1991, Fringe Benefits has collaborated with schools and community groups to create bridge-building plays and screenplays which we have produced, toured and, in some instances, published.

Starting in 2001, we began to focus on programs that offer diverse groups tools to develop their own unique, creative solutions to the social justice issues they face. 

The programs we offer include…

Creative Tools for Critical Times

Creative Tools for Critical Times (CT4CT) is a Southern California-based arts for civic engagement initiative comprising workshops, a symposium, an internship training program, a performing arts showcase, and a web-based video series.

Devising Workshops

Fringe Benefits’ Devising Workshops offer participants hands-on opportunities to work with us to collaboratively create short plays and sketches dealing with discrimination issues affecting their schools and/or communities.

Theatre for Social Justice Institutes

In our week-long, intensive TSJ Institutes, we introduce participants to Fringe Benefits’ play development process, and collaborate with them to develop a play dealing with a discrimination issue affecting their community.

Theatre for Social Justice Residencies

Fringe Benefits sustom-designs year-long TSJ Residencies for diverse Los Angeles middle and high schools.  Ou Teaching Artists introduce participants to civil rights issues and movements and artistic strategies for promoting social justice, and collaborate with them to write and produce original plays and videos.

Ally Empowerment “Common Ground” Workshops

Common Ground Workshops provide an opportunity for participants to collaboratively explore constructive ways to tackle name-calling, bullying, exclusion, harassment and other discriminatory behavior.


Fringe Benefits welcomes interns interested in hands-on training in designing and facilitating theatre for social justice projects.

Other Programs

We develop programs in response to requests from people looking for creative ways to address social injustice. Contact us with your questions and/or ideas!

Contact us if you’d like to learn more!