Jaxx Theatricals, Inc./Jaxx Educational Theatre School is an award winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit full inclusion arts education organization and theatre company.
Established in 2006 by Justine Baldwin, Mark Espinosa, and Jeremy Lucas; all students are welcome and encouraged to participate regardless of special need, talent, or skill level. After our first enrollee, Elizabeth Langworthy, a remarkable student and actress with Down syndrome, moved away, we designated a full tuition scholarship in her honor. Dozens of students have received this scholarship. Jaxx has worked with a variety of special needs including: ADHD, Autism (Echolalia, among others), Behavioral Disorder, Developmentally Disabled, Down syndrome, and the Handicapable.
Jaxx has awarded three college scholarships to graduating seniors excelling in both the arts and academics. We offer paid internships to our graduate students and many of our high school graduates have gone on to work with our organization.
In 2009, the U.S. State Department contracted our organization as a Cultural Envoy to the USA representing American Musical Theatre internationally. In addition to our international work, we have facilitated Arts Education programming at over 50 sites, schools, and theatres throughout Los Angeles County.
As a professional theatre company, Jaxx most recently produced a ten year anniversary spectacular entitled, Jaxx Got Talent and co-produced Fairy Tales Against Humanity at The Matrix Theatre. In 2015, Jaxx produced a limited engagement run celebrating the 40th anniversary of A Chorus Line at MACHA Theatre benefiting its arts education programs. Other credits include: producing the critically-acclaimed Los Angeles premiere of The Life at the Stella Adler Theatre and the professional mentorship production of Annie at Theatre Asylum. Jaxx co-produced Naughty Noah’s Calendar at Highways Performance Space and the staged reading of Beggars & Choosers at The Odyssey. Jaxx’s five year anniversary spectacular entitled, You Can’t Stop the Beat which launched Jaxx’s Broadway Mentorship program featured seasoned Broadway professionals: Shoshana Bean (Hairspray, Wicked), Todrick Hall (The Color Purple, Memphis) Harley Jay (Rent), Katrina Lenk (The Miracle Worker, Once, Spiderman—Turn off the Dark), Jen Malenke (Into the Woods), and Rena Strober (Les Miserables). Jaxx produces an annual wine tasting fun-raiser that includes performers from Broadway and beyond. Jaxx producers also produced the two-time Ovation nominated, Chicago at the Hudson and the west-coast debut of Andrew Lippa’s Wild Party at the Met.
Jaxx has been featured on Good Day LA, KTLA, and E!’s 2011 Grammy Awards: Live on the Red Carpet.