John Malpede

Los Angeles Poverty Department

Performing Arts, 2009

John Malpede is a director, performer, writer and the founder of the theater ensemble Los Angeles Poverty Department. The company’s mission is to create performances that connect lived experience to social forces that shape the lives of poor people. Malpede has produced community-engaged projects throughout the U.S. and in the U.K., The Netherlands, France and Belgium. He has received a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award, San Francisco Art Institute’s Kent Award, the LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and individual artist fellowships from NYSCA, the NEA and the California Arts Council. He is a 2008 fellow at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies and a recepient of the 2013 Doris Duke Perfroming Artist Award.

Awards and Accomplishments


 Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) has their first museum survey at the Queens Museum in New York


Los Angeles Poverty Department receives a MAP Fund grant


Malpede receives the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award


Los Angeles Poverty Department are the recipients of the National Theater Project Award


Malpede receives an Arts Matters Foundation Grant


John Malpede presents on L.A.P.D. in the Creative Time Summit

2010: Los Angeles Poverty Department receives a MAP Fund grant