AVPA Alumni joins Actors's Gang

by Front and Center

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Brian Sonia-Wallace is an alumnus of El Marino Language School, Culver City Middle School, and Culver City High School. In high school he joined the Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) in the Theatre Department. With the AVPA, Brian apprenticed with Korean director Cheolseung Kim, took classes with Tim Robbins' The Actors' Gang, and went to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Inspired by his experience, Brian applied to colleges in Scotland and was accepted to the University of St Andrews, one of the top 5 UK schools. He studied Sustainable Development abroad for four years and ran his own small theatre company in the UK before returning to the US in 2011. After two years working in community development and social justice in East LA and in Ecuador, Brian has returned to his native Culver City as Development Associate at The Actors' Gang, raising funds for the group's socially charged theatre and community work. Brian is excited to be back in his home town and even able to bike to work.