Highways Performance Space | Los Angeles Conservancy
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Highways Performance Space

Highways Performance Space was founded in 1989 in Santa Monica. Its goal was to challenge conventional boundaries around concepts of performance and social norms through the mediums of experimental theater, dance, solo drama, and multimedia performance.

Writer Linda Frye Burnham and performance artist Tim Miller spearheaded the creation of the performance studio and space.

Since its early years, Highways Performance Space has been a creative laboratory dedicated to ensuring that the voices of minority and marginalized groups are heard. 

When Highways Performance Space first opened in 1989, it served as one of the few locations in Los Angeles where members of the LGBTQ community, artists, and AIDS activists could come together to share their narratives and stories.

The space thrived despite harsh regulations and strict censorship placed on artists around discussing or presenting content around the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Since its founding in 1989, Highways Performace Space has won many awards for its innovative approach and unwavering commitment to diversity and community building.

Organizations that have recognized Highways Performance Space for this achievement include The Alliance of Playwrights, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Association.

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