Los Angeles Unified High School District #9

Center for the Performing Arts


Image Note: JK Design Group is a full service Theater Planning and Lighting Design firm located in Van Nuys, California specializing in the design of auditoria and public assembly facilities. Currently celebrating their 23rd Anniversary, JK was started in 1989 by Jay Winters and Edward Kaye and has provided design and consultation to a variety of Clients in a range of fields on over 200 major Projects in both the public and private sectors.


Image Note:As JK’s principal theater planner, Edward Kaye maintains membership in the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the American Society of Theatre Consultants (ASTC.) The Members of ASTC are professional theatre consultants who have demonstrated a broad range of capability and experience necessary to qualify for membership. As professionals, ASTC members have individual and collective interests in providing unbiased, functionally sound and practical consulting and design services to owners, users, architects, and engineers of performance and assembly facilities.

With its design reminiscent of Frank Gehry’s Disney Hall (another Forman/Strand Lighting project) this stunning facility is Los Angeles’ most recent performing arts educational facility. HMC Architects provided this overview:

“The LAUSD High School for the Visual and Performing Arts project will house 1,800 students in a 230,000 SF facility on a 9.78-acre site. By using the symbolic quality of the flytower as an icon for a theater and performing arts building, the school is given a strong visual presence within its urban environment setting. The project distinctively marks one end of the Grand Avenue Cultural Corridor, linking the local arts community with some of the city’s most notable cultural and architectural landmarks including the Colburn School of Music, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. The school addresses the context with unique and dynamic forms that celebrate the architectural distinction of the development along Grand Avenue.”

Working with theatre consultant Ed Kaye of JK Designs alongside the engineering team from Strand Lighting, Forman and Associates worked to create this stunning performance facility. The 900 seat theatre features state of the art dimming and lighting control technology to create a professional production space to complement the schools educational goals.

Associated with the LAUSD for more than 30 years the Forman team have been part of the design and specification of school performance facilities of all sizes and complexity. Today we are working to integrate the latest LED lighting technologies with conventional lighting to create new energy efficient school performance spaces.

Design: Ed Kay, JK Design