Who We Are

REDCAT, CalArts’ downtown center for contemporary arts, is a multidisciplinary center for the visual and performing arts in Los Angeles. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings, and events, REDCAT presents new and innovative work across the arts, both from Los Angeles and around the world.   

Our Story & Spaces

REDCAT features a 250-seat flexible black-box theater, a 3,000 square-foot exhibition space, and the Olga Garay-English and Dr. Kerry English REDCAT Lounge.

REDCAT’s entrance features its distinctive Frank Gehry-designed marquee of curvilinear stainless steel and neon lights, leading directly into the lobby, exhibition gallery, and lounge. 

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Each season, REDCAT presents dynamic and far-reaching work by an international roster of innovative visual, performing,and media artists. Through performances, exhibitions, screenings, and literary events, REDCAT introduces varied audiences, including CalArts students and artists, to ground-breaking arts and artists from around the world.

REDCAT continues the traditions and extends the reach of its parent organization, CalArts, by supporting the commission, production, and presentation of today’s most challenging works. It also provides local artists the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. Like CalArts, REDCAT encourages experimentation, discovery, and lively civic discourse.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access

As part of CalArts’ mission and values, and its IDEA (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Access) Cooperative, REDCAT along with the Institute, have redoubled their efforts to confront, address, and eradicate the structural, systemic, and societal injustices that are threaded through our communities. This cooperative is led by and housed in the Office of the President.

IDEA will help identify, foster, and spotlight the steps needed to keep building an inclusive, anti-racist community together. The IDEA Cooperative will make these measures and processes more transparent and will encourage financial support through grants, philanthropy, and open budgeting via the Institute’s established processes. ​​REDCAT is committed to ensuring and supporting IDEA in all its policies and practices.

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On Traditional Lands

We gratefully acknowledge that we operate on the traditional lands of the Tongva, Tataviam, and Chumash peoples including the Gabrieleño, Fernandeño, and Ventureño; members of the Takic and Chumashan language families; and other Indigenous peoples who made their homes in and around the area we now call Los Angeles. We honor their ancestors past, present, and future, and recognize their continued existence and contributions to our society.



About the Indigenous Communities of Los Angeles 

Mapping Indigenous LA, UCLA

Native American Indian Commission of Los Angeles City/County

Native Land Digital

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For Artists

REDCAT provides vital opportunities for artists to develop and present new work across the arts, in a supportive setting for risk-taking and experimentation.

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Press Room

To request press accommodations, interviews, images, and additional information about REDCAT and its ongoing programs and exhibitions, please email redcatpr@calarts.edu.

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REDCAT, CalArts’ contemporary arts center in downtown Los Angeles, has been supporting experimentation, innovation, and discovery in art, dance, music, performance, theater, and film since 2003.

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