Our History

Enrichment Works founder, Abraham Tetenbaum, saw the need for dramatic improvement in education when his son started public school in Los Angeles. Tetenbaum, a writer with Broadway and television credits, asked friends to join him in creating “theater to inspire learning” and in 1999 Enrichment Works was incorporated as a nonprofit organization.  The organization has now produced over 55 plays and musicals.  These shows have been performed at over 400 schools and reached over 500,000 youth.  All this in service of the mission "to create and present theater to inspire learning."

As Enrichment Works’ circle of playwrights and performers has grown wider, a more interactive and culturally responsive style has taken shape. In addition to schools and plays addressing the content standards, the organization has partnered with libraries, museums, and community groups promoting tolerance, gun safety, healthy nutrition, animal welfare and financial literacy.

In 2006 Enrichment Works was honored by the Valley Interfaith Council (VIC) with its Human Relations Award for Entertainment Leadership. The organization has been recognized by Governor Arnold Schwarznegger, US Congressman Brad Sherman, California State Assemblyman Paul Koretz , State Senator Richard Alarcon, the City of Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles. In 2008, Enrichment Works was awarded the "Access to Excellence" grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and was honored again with an NEA ArtWorks grant in 2015.