Founded in 2017 by Richard and Tina Knowles Lawson, WACO (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center is located in the burgeoning North Hollywood Arts District of Los Angeles and is one of the few cultural institutions in the country providing contemporary performing and visual arts of the African Diaspora.


WACO Theater Center is a performing and visual arts organization dedicated to the empowerment of Los Angeles artists, young people and stories of the African diaspora.

We present, commission and develop artistic works to provide artists and young people a platform and voice to showcase their creativity.


WACO’s artistic and education programs are driven by four values. We create work that unapologetically:

  • Centers Black art and culture from a diasporic lens and voice.
  • Incubates and launches new creative ideas to memorialize the past and envision the future of Black life.
  • Is collaborative and leads with an Ubuntu mindset, “I am, because we are.”
  • Serves the needs of the community including the social, economic and civic priorities of our neighbors and Black Los Angeles.

Learn more about our company history, team, facilities and opportunities below.

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