Imaginations at Play

We believe that the performing arts are a great way to teach kids important life skills through guided play.  Located at 5917 N. Figueroa Street in Northeast Los Angeles, we offer a variety of classes for kids aged 5-18. The classes are fun and non-competitive, focusing on listening, speaking, teamwork, and imagination -- and are great for shy and outgoing kids alike. Come play with us!



I am sad to announce that Eastside Arts is closing its doors. 

This is a hard announcement to make, as I love teaching, and adore all of your kids and my amazing teachers too.  There’s no one reason for this closure.  The pandemic has made things challenging both logistically and financially, but other factors like new business regulations and increasing overhead costs to run what is a very small and intimate school have also contributed. On a positive note, as my professional acting life has become busier, I find myself traveling more and with less time to commit to the school.

I am so grateful for my personal journey with Eastside Arts - it has been my honor and pleasure to work with your amazing kids over the years.I've learned so much from them and received so much joy :) !   And while we won't be offering formal classes at this time, we're all still around!  If you are looking for private coaching, consulting, advice, help in planning your curriculum please reach out to and let's see what we can figure out. 

all the best,

Elise Robertson

Founder, Artistic Director


One final note.... while we are closing for now, I am hesitant to say it’s final. I still hold a dream of turning EA into a nonprofit providing arts education to even more kids and especially those who would not otherwise have access. But this would require expertise and time/energy I don’t currently have.  If you or someone you know might be interested in sharing/taking on this journey, do reach out.  I’m open to possibilities and would love the curriculum we have built over the years to have a life after EA.

Check out the amazing & talented students of Eastside Arts in our online production -