CRE Theatre was established in 2003 to provide performing arts programs and performances to Los Angeles community centers and schools. Founder Greg Shane, who is blind in his right eye, simultaneously volunteered for “Changing Perceptions” – a program for visually impaired individuals at the Braille Institute. When the Program Director suddenly passed away from cancer, Shane knew that the work was too important to disappear with her.

In 2007, the organization was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the new name of CRE Outreach with the goal of continuing her mission and “Transforming Lives…One Show at a Time.” Since incorporating, CRE Outreach has expanded to reach an array of underserved populations and communities in Greater Los Angeles, but Theatre by the Blind remains our signature program.