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

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

Volunteers are needed in a variety of areas. Please contact us at 213-359-4500 or email us at palef4youth@gmail.com to join our team and to support our work

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. 


Deborah Sharpe-Taylor

Secretary,  Board of Directors Actress, Writer, Director


Meet Our board

Reverend Dr. DiAnn L. Johnson

Member,  Board of Directors

Minister, Humanitarian, Degreed Black Belt


Join Us

Barbara Reece

Chair,  Board of Directors Actress, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Our Team

Our Mission

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).


Chester Whitmore

Treasurer,  Board of Directors Choreographer and Band Leader

arts in Action

  • Life Skills
  • Employment Skills
  • Acting Classes for Teens and Young Adults
  • Beyond the stage

Charles Douglass

Member,  Board of Directors

Co-founder and Artistic Director