Oral Histories

Interview of Henriette Brouwers

Associate director of the performance group and non-profit arts organization, the Los Angeles Poverty Department.
Community-Engaged Theater in Los Angeles
COVID-19 Pandemic
Biographical Note:
Associate director of the performance group and non-profit arts organization, the Los Angeles Poverty Department.
Collings, Jane
Brouwers, Henriette
Persons Present:
Sessions one through five: Brouwers and Collings. The sixth session was a joint interview with John Malpede.
Place Conducted:
18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, California. Because of the necessity of restricting personal contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, the sixth session was conducted by the Zoom video conferencing platform.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library’s Center for Oral History Research.
Interviewer Background and Preparation:
The interview was conducted by Jane Collings, principal editor and interviewer, UCLA Center for Oral History Research; Ph.D., Critical Studies in Film and Television, UCLA.Collings prepared for the interviews by reviewing material on the history of the Los Angeles Poverty Department, as well as the history of Skid Row in Los Angeles.
Processing of Interview:
For sessions one through five the interviewer prepared a timed log of the audio recording of the interview. Brouwers was given the opportunity to review the log in order to supply missing or misspelled names and to verify the accuracy of the content but made no changes. Session six was recorded jointly with John Malpede. It was transcribed using a machine transcribing software and audit edited by student staff. Brouwers and Malpede made several corrections to the transcript.
6.75 hrs.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
The Community-Engaged Theater in Los Angeles series seeks to document the work of a grouping of theater companies in Los Angeles whose mission combines an artistic focus with explicit attention to social justice and community building. The companies included use a working method that seeks creative input from the communities in which they are staging work and make concerted efforts to solicit feedback from audiences regarding the political and social themes of the work once staged. As well, these companies have received acclaim and recongition from the theater world. Companies included in the series, once it is complete, will include Cornerstone Theater Company, Watts Village Theater Company, Los Angeles Poverty Department and East L.A. Rep.
In accordance with the interviewee's wishes, this oral history can only be accessed on site at UCLA Library Special Collections.