The Performing Arts for Life and Education Foundation

Charles Douglass

Member,  Board of Directors

Co-founder and Artistic Director

Reverend Dr. DiAnn L. Johnson

Member,  Board of Directors

Minister, Humanitarian, Degreed Black Belt

Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas. Please contact us at 213-359-4500 or email us at to join our team and to support our work

Deborah Sharpe-Taylor

Secretary,  Board of Directors Actress, Writer, Director

Our Team

PALEF  is led by a committed l all volunteer staff of professionals. Co-founder and Artistic Director, Charles Douglass has guided the work of our organization for more than two decades. 



The Performing Arts for Life and Education Foundation believes that youth are a vital resources and with development and exposure to arts study, they can achieve life-long success.  At PALEF, we are giving youth a dramatic break in life. 

Join Us

Reach Out

We are gearing up for our "My Summer with Shakespeare" Saturday program!.

  • Life Skills
  • Employment Skills
  • Acting Classes for Kids
  • Beyond the stage

Barbara Reece

Chair,  Board of Directors Actress, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Starletta DuPois

Member,  Board of Directors

Actress, Writer, Director

Meet Our board

arts in Action


  • My Summer with Shakespeare
  • Live Theatrical Productions
  • Civic Engagement and Collaboration
  • Mentorship and Coaching

Chester Whitmore

Treasurer,  Board of Directors Choreographer and Band Leader

PALEF is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and grants from The Los Angles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Our Mission