Starletta DuPois

Member,  Board of Directors

Actress, Writer, Director

Meet Our board



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. 

Chester Whitmore

Treasurer,  Board of Directors Choreographer and Band Leader

Our Mission

PALEF is funded by grants from The Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

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. 


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

        The Performing Arts for Life and Education Foundation

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


Barbara Reece

Chair,  Board of Directors Actress, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Reverend Dr. DiAnn L. Johnson

Member,  Board of Directors

Minister, Humanitarian, Degreed Black Belt

Our Team

Charles Douglass

Member,  Board of Directors

Co-founder and Artistic Director

Deborah Sharpe-Taylor

Secretary,  Board of Directors Actress, Writer, Director

arts in Action

Join Us

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