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The Los Angeles Community College District announced Friday it is partnering with the Latino Theater Company and its artistic director to expand the district’s dramatic arts program.

The spring semester course will be taught by José Luis Valenzuela, the company’s artistic director and board president, and will allow students at any of the nine LACCD colleges to study with the acclaimed director and attend performances at the Los Angeles Theatre Center on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, LACCD announced.

“The District is deeply appreciative of this partnership of the Latino Theater Company and the generous spirit of Professor Valenzuela,” said LACCD Board President Dr. Gabriel Buelna. “This will be a truly special course that highlights so much of what the LACCD and Los Angeles are all about, and will provide world-class teaching to an extremely deserving student body.”

The course — based at Los Angeles Mission College — will be offered as an in-person/virtual hybrid course during the spring semester, with classes every Tuesday between April 11 and June 6 from 6-8 p.m.

Lectures will be conducted in-person and online, with plays and performances held at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. The Latino Theater Company received critical funding to expand its artistic reach to diverse audiences through a 2019-20 state budget request by Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-Los Angeles, a longtime champion of arts education and community colleges.

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