The Simi Valley Virtual Arts Center is an extension of the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center - a newly created platform for reaching audiences while attending events in person at the Center is not allowed due to the current health crisis. Currently the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center is closed to the public with a reopening date yet to be determined. Through the Simi Valley Virtual Arts Center we hope to continue to connect to our patrons and supporters and provide entertainment and information during this time of required social distancing and isolation. We miss all of you and can't wait until we can safely gather once again in our beautiful, historic Cultural Arts Center. We will be back! But for now, it's #OnlyIntermission. We hope you will continue to engage, enjoy, and support the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center's offerings and those from select Arts Partners through this Virtual Arts Center platform. Stay healthy and safe!
and Gift Fair
September 25 - 28
We have moved our annual Craft and Gift Fair to the new virtual platform to make shopping a breeze from the comfort and safety of your own home! 50 vendors have joined our band of merry artisans to bring you lots of fun craft, gift, and handmade goodies right to your doorstep. Just click on their "store" and buy to your hearts content. 10% of all purchases made from noon on September 25th through noon on September 28th will be donated to the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center's SHARE THE ARTS program! Please help support these small businesses who are supporting the Arts in our time of need!
Virtual Art Galleries
Our new virtual art galleries will feature local & regional artists showcasing their talents.
Check back for links to these Upcoming Gallery Shows!
Simi Valley Youth Council's Worth Living For - Suicide Prevention Art Campaign
Dia de los Muertos
Opening October 31st
SVCAC's 25th Anniversary Photography Collection
Opening in November
Jon Neftali Photography
Opening in November
Weekends Oct 9-31
From one of our longtime Arts Partners comes this beloved Halloween event that has entertained Ventura County audiences for over 15 years.
Santa Paula Theater Center's annual GHOSTWALK has brought family fun to Ventura County through their "theater in the streets" historical tours featuring ghosts who recount the tales of their untimely demise.
This year the event is going virtual and can be enjoyed with your favorite Halloween treat while snuggled under a comfy blanket!
Oct 31, 2020
5 - 8 pm
Enjoy this free reader's theater production of Tarrytown Tales written by Sean Harrington for a very special Haloween treat from one of our longtime Arts Partners! This original adaptation of three Washington Irving stories (The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Spector Bridegroom, and Rip Van Winkle) was first presented as a staged reading on SVCAC'S Downstage Theater. Told by ten narrators portraying dozens of characters, Tarrytown Tales is presented in the style of storybook theater, leveraging Irving's eloquent literary technique through a fun and accessible narrative, entertaining for all ages.
The Kindle Edition of the script will be free 10/27 - 10/31, https://www.amazon.com/dp/1520896360/ for those who want to read along!
Dia de los Muertos
Nov 1, 2020
Be sure to make plans to participate in our Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) virtual festival and celebration on November 1st featuring a Danza Azteca Ceremony, dance performances by Ballet Folklórico Cielito Lindo De Simi Valley, workshops on Dia de los Muertos makeup, Pan de Muerto (bread of the dead) baking demonstration, sugar skull making demonstration, catrina costume contest, a juried youth art contest, opportunities for community participation, and much more!
Join some of the Cultural Arts Center's rising stars as we bring you a series of Virtual Cabarets featuring songs and stories. From a Broadway Revue to a Home for the Holidays Cabaret, you will be entertained by the incredible talents of some of your favorite performers from past SVCAC productions. Originally scheduled to launch our DownStage Cabaret season in our more intimate DownStage Theater, we have moved our series online until we can once again safely welcome you back to the DownStage.
We are busy putting together a series of potential classes for varying ages taught by arts professionals in a virtual setting.
Check back for more information on this exciting series!
Actors' Repertory Theatre of Simi, one our longtime Arts Partners, is currently offering a series of classes for all levels of all ages. Current classes include Bound for Broadway - A Musical Theater Workshop, Technique and Turns & TapTastic Tuesdays dance classes, Stage Combat, various vocal classes, and acting classes for both youth and adults.
"Meet Your Neighbor!"
In the style of the Moth Radio Hour, Simi Storytellers is a series intended to share the stories of local residents in an effort to "meet our neighbors" in a virtual. safe and socially distant way. Periodically we will invite Simi Valley residents to submit a storytelling idea to us for consideration. The story must be true and you must be willing to share your story "live" (via a recording) should your story be chosen. Each mini series will follow a theme. There are so many interesting and diverse residents of Simi Valley and we can't wait to meet you and share your stories!
Check back for more information on this exciting series soon!
Delight, Thrill, and Inspire your Imagination! From one of our Arts Partners, the High Street Broadcast, comes this classic style radio variety and original audio theater experience. The High Street Broadcast has been featured on both our Mainstage and DownStage theaters over the years. HSB Audio will showcase many of their past works as well as brand new productions. Host and writer Ryan Neely will present the vintage stylings of the High Street Broadcast, as well as introduce exciting new works, all aimed to entertain your ear and engage your mind. Welcome to HSB Audio.
NEW PODCASTS ARE POSTED EVERY WEDNESDAY!
The Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center proudly shares Farley Cadena's solo cabaret act STROKE OF LUCK (or How My Brain Broke and I Crawled Back) as the kickoff to our Virtual Cabaret Series.
The stark drama of Farley's stroke, and subsequent recovery, is woven into the fabric of a funny, fresh and musical cabaret. The realities and consequences of a stroke are realistically brought to life as Farley cracks her life open and inspects it with bravery, music, and humor. Farley Cadena is well known for her wickedly funny roles on regional Los Angeles stages. She shocked and stunned the theater community, in late 2017, when she experienced a sudden stroke. Ms. Cadena felt deeply lost, hopeless, frightened and helpless during her illness, bringing focus to simply returning to her "old self", but her brain was just broken. Nonetheless, she dug deep into her recovery and gave herself the big crazy task of telling the tale of what transformed her life... out loud... with music... to an audience!