Deborah Sharpe-Taylor

Secretary,  Board of Directors Actress, Writer, Director

Our Team

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. 

        The Performing Arts for Life and Education Foundation

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

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. 


Chester Whitmore

Treasurer,  Board of Directors Choreographer and Band Leader

Meet Our board

Reverend Dr. DiAnn L. Johnson

Member,  Board of Directors

Minister, Humanitarian, Degreed Black Belt

Starletta DuPois

Member,  Board of Directors

Actress, Writer, Director



Join Us

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

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


arts in Action

Charles Douglass

Member,  Board of Directors

Co-founder and Artistic Director

Barbara Reece

Chair,  Board of Directors Actress, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

PALEF is funded by grants from  County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas and The Los Angeles County  Probation Department, The California Arts Council, The National Arts and Disability Center of the ADA, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).

Our Mission