Ten performances only: ANITA BERBER IS DEAD!
Starring Tonya Kay as Anita Berber
Music and Lyrics by Jim Lang and David Melville
Book by Melissa Chalsma
Developed in Collaboration with Tonya Kay
Directed by Melissa Chalsma
November 14 - 24
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm
Tickets $35-$75

A new musical from Independent Shakespeare Co.

THE SCENE: Post-World War I Germany. The economy’s in free-fall, and progressive forces are locked in battle with the rising tide of fascism. No liberal stronghold is better fortified than Berlin: a city that welcomes misfits, artists, and free thinkers.

THE PROTAGONIST: Expressionist dancer Anita Berber, a one-woman rebellion against a stiff German patriarchy. Her life burns with a furious heat, drawing those around her into a vortex as intoxicating as rose petals soaked in ether.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY Anita Berber is Dead! follows Anita’s struggle to create an identity free from constraint and a new mode of expression that explodes artistic boundaries. Defiant and extreme, her work reaches its apotheosis in the stunning, strange, and ultimately doomed creation: “Dances of Lust, Horror and Ecstasy” which sees her banned from the concert halls of Germany and Austria.

Join ISC for ten hot and immersive performances as the Studio transforms into the Weisse Maus nightclub on the very night of Anita’s triumphant return to the stage.

Includes nudity, explicit language, depictions of drug use, and sexual situations. Proceed with caution.



With David Melville & Kalean Ung
Directed by Melissa Chalsma
December 5 - 22
Thursdays, Fridays, & Saturdays at 7:30 pm; Sundays at 2:00 pm*
Tickets: $25-$35
*Special 15th Anniversary performance on December 14th is $75

Our holiday tradition is in its 15th season!

From 1857 until the end of his life, Charles Dickens performed his most popular work, A Christmas Carol, to wild acclaim. This December, join us as the ISC Studio transforms into a cozy Victorian drawing room and we welcome Mr. Dickens himself to our stage. David Melville gives a virtuoso performance as Charles Dickens playing nearly all the characters in the story. He is joined by Kalean Ung, who provides dramatic interjections, sound effects, and live music. It is truly A Christmas Carol like no other!

Join us on December 14th for a very special performance to celebrate our 15th Anniversary of this production. There will be carolers before the performance, holiday drinks and snacks, and a post show party including Victorian holiday traditions and a carol sing-a-long.

“Overflows with poetry and drama ... it simply must not be missed.” On Stage Los Angeles

“The production’s main attraction is the opportunity to appreciate Melville’s versatile talents.” Stage Raw

“Some of the best laughs to be found on stage.” Broadway World

Getting to the Studio:

We are located at the Atwater Arts + Innovation Complex in Atwater Village

3191 Casitas Ave. #130
Los Angeles, CA 90039

As of January 2018, our new Studio is located down the hall from our previous Studio space.

There is ample free parking in Lots P1 and P2. Street parking available evenings, check the signs for parking restrictions.



ADA ramps are located in P2.

To arrange a wheelchair accessible seating, please make a note on your reservation or contact us directly.

We're happy to answer your questions. Please contact Sabrina via email or call 818-710-6036.

The Studio experience:

Before the performance, enjoy our lobby and outdoor patio. Grab a snack from concessions (all your purchases support our work!), take a look at the current art installation and take a photo in our Selfie Station!

Our indoor space is the home to our performances, classes and special events.

Want to see your name up on our Donor Wall? Make a contribution and help us complete our new indoor home!

Feeling peckish?

Dine with our neighbors at Momed!

Free parking is available in Lot P1, in between Momed and ISC.