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Helping from a distance


Thymele Arts has been a creative home to many artists across
Los Angeles providing mentorship, a place to rehearse, to perform, and to gather. Now we need your help! 

Common Room Sunset


If you are able, please consider helping Thymele Arts. Most of our monthly income comes from $50 - $100 rentals so EVERY dollar counts. 


We have set up two ways you can support Thymele Arts 

  1. You can buy a gift certificate for time in any of the rehearsal rooms. This will create an account credit that you can use for rehearsals and events at a later date. You can purchase credits for a friend or your favorite local theatre company.

  2. You can give a tax deductible donation to the Thymele Arts incubator program. Tax deductible donations, by law, can not be exchanged for rental time or credits.

We have come so far in such a short time.

Thymele Arts is not a large organization.

It is owned and operated by John Henningsen who founded the performing arts incubator in 2015. After a year and a half of searching different locations, John finally found the current home, 5481 Santa Monica. The central location, huge windows, and ample space was screaming to become the home for a new arts community.  Although you would not recognize the space if you saw it.

Common Room 2016

After months of blood, sweat, tears – and many, many sleepless nights – Thymele Arts opened its doors July 2017. The once worn down loft was abuzz with artists coming together to create new, bold work.

Common Entry 2018

In the past three years, Thymele Arts has become a home to artists from all over Los Angeles. As the company grew, we continued to make improvements to the building to create a comfortable space to generate work. 

Common Entry 2019

For two years we have been keeping an eye on the first floor corner store. It was a dress shop and then a smoke/vape shop.

This February we were contacted by the current tenant about taking over their lease and on March 4 it was official! We signed a lease, paid the first months rent, and ordered all of the materials to start renovations! We were finally able to create what could be the corner stone of the Thymele Arts performance hub.

We knew it was going to be tough but if we could do a quick renovation and start hosting performances and gatherings by April 1st, we thought it would all work out. Twelve days later we started quarantine. 

We have almost all of the construction material and John is still working a little each day to make sure this new space is ready for post-quarantine celebrations.

Atlas Corner
Thymele Atlas
Atlas construction

On personal note, I want to thank all of the incredible artists who have walked through our doors. The past four years have been an amazing experience for me personally. I have had the opportunity to engage with so many creative people generating ground breaking stories and new work. I have seen small upstart companies grow into sustainable, passion driven, creative voices in the community. 

I am committed to keeping Thymele Arts alive and available for all artists to continue pursuing their passion. Most of you know that I don't share my feeling freely, I usually brush off trouble with a laugh and a joke. I never would have imagined that the "new normal" would include openly crying and swirling anxiety. What brings me back is the knowledge that,

Yes, we will get through this.
Yes, we will continue to create. 
Yes, we will have amazing stories to share with the world. 

With the help of our communities, and passion for our ART, we can accomplish anything. 

John Henningsen

John Henningsen

Thank you for all of your support through the years and we look forward to seeing you soon!