Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

Forest Theater Guild


The Forest Theater Guild is a local non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to promoting the performing arts in our community through our community theater endeavors while promoting mentoring of the theater arts for our local youth. The purpose of the Forest Theater Guild is to uphold our heritage and the integrity of Carmel’s historic Forest Theater through stewardship and preservation of its unique character. Further, the mission of the Guild is to present quality performing arts and foster the growth and appreciation of the dramatic arts among the community using local talent with an emphasis on youth. Our programs offer participants training at the beautiful and historic theater, where they gain hands-on experience next to our professional staff and by becoming involved with our live plays, films, and events

The Big Idea

Project Equal Access aims to provide deaf and special needs individuals with access to Forest Theater Guild performing arts events in a genuine and comfortable atmosphere. Project Equal Access serves Monterey County residents that would like to attend theater and performing arts events but, feel unable to do so because of their special needs. There is a need for specialized sign language interpreters for theater and performing arts in our community; partnering with interpreters that we worked with to offer mentorship to students and actors wishing to learn these skills so that we can develop a pool of interpreters for our area and develop a manageable program for others to learn from so that others can do the same. It is our big idea to provide at least one show from each production dedicated to deaf and special needs individuals so they and their caregivers may attend and enjoy the same show that everyone else enjoys in a safe and nurturing environment. Our goal is to provide at least one well advertised performance of each production that includes sign language interpreters/actors so those with hearing impairments may also enjoy the theater.

Learning technical aspects of theater has made me a better actress. Working with the Guild has given me many opportunities to learn everything form sound and lighting to prop making.

- Laurel Bowen