Playwright/documentarian team-turned-television writer/producers Jonathan Kidd and Sonya Winton-Odamtten have joined the board of directors of L.A. Theatre Works, which was founded in 1974 to record and preserve stage plays that address critical historical, cultural and social issues, it was announced Friday.
“LATW’s mission of using new technology to make world-class theater accessible to the widest possible audience, while also expanding the use of theater as a tool to make a positive difference in the world, is in perfect alignment with our creative philosophy,” Kidd and Winton-Odamtten said in a joint statement released by the nonprofit.
“Our only goal is to build upon the fecund, innovative legacy that LATW board members have established, as societal interventionists, and work in partnership with them to expose new generations to their rich and necessary tradition.”
Professors, playwrights and documentarians, the two are best known as writer/producers for the HBO limited series “Lovecraft Country,” which received 18 Emmy nominations, including for best drama series.
The pair extended their overall with HBO for four years to develop new projects, including the limited series “Say Their Names,” which examines the Grim Sleeper murders.
Amid the pandemic, Kidd and Winton-Odamtten launched the Feed Black Covid-19 Health Workers Challenge, partnered with Frontline Foods and recruited more than 40 other Black Hollywood writers to support health care workers in underserved Black communities around the country.
L.A. Theatre Works’ self-described mission is to record and preserve performances of important stage plays, using new technology to make world-class theatre accessible to the widest possible audience, and to expand the use of theater as a teaching tool.
LATW’s syndicated radio theater series broadcasts weekly on public radio stations across the U.S. and daily in China on the Radio Beijing Network. Its catalog of more than 500 recorded plays is the largest archive of its kind in the world.