Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre (ET) has served Southern California since 1986. ET inspires children, teens and adults to make informed decisions about their health and build stronger communities. All programs are a free, community benefit of Kaiser Permanente.

Number of people served: 7,164,312

Our Programs

Literacy Promotion
Grades K-2

Jay and E and the ZigZag Sea

Conflict Management
Grades 3-5

It’s Stop Time

Healthy Eating
Grades 4-5

The Amazing Food Detective: Game On

Bullying Awareness
Grades 6-8

Someone Like Me

STD Prevention
Grades 9-12

What Goes Around

  • "My head is ready to explode with knowledge! The show was learning about health but in a fun way."
    - 5th Grade Student, Edward Wenzlaff Elementary
    Desert Hot Springs, CA
    on The Amazing Food Detective
  • "The students were on the edge of their seats, learning about literacy and having a blast."
    - Community Development Manager, KYDS, Inc.
    Van Nuys, CA
    on Jay and E and the Zig Zag Sea
  • "Our class will always remember what you taught us, that ‘Nothing is more powerful than words!’"
    - Teacher, Rio Vista Elementary
    Canyon Country, CA
    on Jay and E and the Zig Zag Sea
  • "The students learned to read labels, make good choices of foods and drinks, and the importance of exercise. Great job!"
    - Principal, Monte Vista Elementary
    Santa Ana, CA
    on The Amazing Food Detective
  • "Teachers and staff were impressed by the current content such as cyber-bullying and the ways in which it was addressed."
    - Counselor, Blackstock Junior High
    Oxnard, CA
    on Someone Like Me
  • "I was able to use it as a teaching tool for two students who were struggling on the playground."
    - Principal, Juniper Elementary
    Fontana, CA
    on It’s Stop Time
  • "The play opens the door to real dialogue that continues long after the actors leave the stage."
    - Teacher, Northridge Academy High
    Northridge, CA
    on What Goes Around
  • "We learned three steps to not get so angry. The steps are Stop, Breath, and Choose. Now I know what to do."
    - Student, Miramonte Elementary
    El Monte, CA
    on It’s Stop Time
  • "I have been teaching for 25 years and this was the most amazing assembly that has ever been presented at this school."
    - PTA President, Hillside Middle School
    Simi Valley, CA
    on Someone Like Me
  • "The entire staff would recommend that all high school aged students see the performance without hesitation!"
    - Teacher, Cesar Chavez Preparatory Academy
    San Fernando, CA
    on What Goes Around
30 Years of Educational Theatre

ET News

‘What Goes Around’ Successfully Debuts in Kern County. After completing its first year of implementing the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Educational Theatre performance on preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), the Kern High School District (KHSD) declared the effort a big success. more>>
Helping Children Learn to Manage Conflicts. “It’s Stop Time” – a live, interactive Kaiser Permanente Southern California Educational Theatre production – shares a straightforward strategy to “Stop, Breathe, Choose” to help young children manage conflict, as well as increase empathy skills. more>>
Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Winner of Spring 2018 Digital Health Awards. Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Educational Theatre, an award-winning program that uses live theater to inspire children, teens, and adults to make healthier choices, has received three digital health awards for its health educational webisodes from the Health Information Resource Center SM (HIRC), a clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields. more>>
Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Educational Theatre wins Digital Health Award. Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Educational Theatre, an award-winning program that uses live theater to inspire children, teens and adults to make healthier choices, has received three digital health awards for its health educational webisodes from the Health Information Resource Center, a clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer health fields. The Digital Health Awards honor the world’s best digital health resources. more>>
New Engaging Library at South Los Angeles School Inspires a Love of Learning.
With stunning wall murals featuring a breathtaking desert, an enchanted forest, a lively ocean, and deep outer space, Barrett Elementary School’s newly created library at the South Los Angeles campus resembles scenes that could be from a children’s adventure book.
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For Barrett Elementary students, a new ‘reading room’ helps spark curiosity about the world. Like students everywhere, students at Charles W. Barrett Elementary STEAM Academy School sometimes struggle with reading. more>>
Kaiser Permanente Creates New Engaging Library Space at Underserved School in South Los Angeles. Kaiser Permanente is pleased to announce the unveiling of a new Upper Elementary Library at Barrett Elementary School in South Los Angeles. more>>
Kern High School District’s trustees have approved Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre’s “What Goes Around” play. That’s the decision by the Kern High School District regarding a contemporary play dealing with the STD epidemic in this country. Kern County has some of the highest infection rates in the state. more>>
Kern County In Depth: STDs in Kern County. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Infection rates for sexually transmitted diseases in Kern County have hit epidemic proportions in recent years. Preliminary statistics from 2016 show the numbers are only getting worse. more>>
Theatrical production targets sexually transmitted diseases in schools. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — There were 28 cases locally of congenital syphilis, where six of those resulted in death, in 2015. That statistic, among others, is the reason why Kaiser Permanente is using a unique method to warn teens. more>>
Kaiser hopes to teach kids about STDs for free. Kaiser Permanente spent months working to bring a special production of “What Goes Around” to Kern County. The play, intended to teach kids about the risks of sexually transmitted diseases, is acted out before more than 10,000 students annually at schools across Southern California. more>>
Kaiser Permanente to KHSD: Please, let us teach your kids about STDs. Kaiser Permanente spent months working to bring to Kern County a special production of “What Goes Around,” a play that teaches kids about the risks of sexually transmitted diseases that 10,000 students at schools across Southern California see each year. more>>
Pomona Unified School District’s 2017 Community Service Awards Pomona Unified School District names Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre as one of the recipients of their 2017 Community Service Award. more>>
Kaiser Permanente West LA To Host Free Teen Pregnancy Prevention Seminar KP West LA continues its commitment to educating teens and their parents about pregnancy consequences and prevention, birth control options, and sexually-transmitted diseases with its Teen Pregnancy Prevention Seminar on Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. more>>
Theater A Key Piece of Kaiser’s Population Health Strategy Schools are headed back into session and buses are winding through neighborhoods again. This means that Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theater troupe will soon be visiting schools to educate and entertain thousands of kids. more>>
Colorful Makeover Brings New Life and Good Health to School “‘Stop-Breathe-Choose’ is about always making the right choice,” said fifth grader Yoselin as she admired her school’s vibrant, new mural depicting students holding signs of these core messages from Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s Educational Theatre’s new conflict management program. more>>
Free Mental Health Event Featuring Los Angeles Lakers Metta World Peace Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park, the LA County Department of Mental Health, Congresswoman Grace Napolitano, and Sunburst Youth Academy Foundation are sponsoring a special event to raise awareness about mental health. This free community event will be held on May 21, 10 a.m. to Noon, El Monte Airport, 4233 Santa Anita Ave., El Monte, California 91731. more>>
KPSC Educational Theatre Celebrates 30 Years of Promoting Good Health This March, Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre (ET) celebrates 30 years of serving Southern California communities through performing arts-based programs that inspire children, teens, and adults to make informed decisions about their health. more>>
Inspiring Through the Arts Since 1985, Kaiser Permanente has been using the arts to inspire people to make healthy choices. What began as a single play for elementary school children has become a series of award-winning theatrical productions, experiential learning workshops and youth engagement programs. more>>
KP Volunteers, Community Partners Team up for Day of Service In South Los Angeles, employees from Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre andKaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center kicked off their two-part beautification project at Weigand Elementary School in Watts. KP educators rolled up their sleeves to help with landscaping, cleaning, and mural painting in partnership with a community artist. more>>