To Educate & Empower


The Mission of Uprise Theatre is to use art and activist lawyering to disrupt systems of oppression and reclaim power with the people.

The Vision of Uprise Theatre is that now will be the time in history in which all peoples are treated by the legal system as full human beings with corresponding full human rights.

We maintain the Values of Uprise Theatre by being authentic in the way we relate to ourselves and others; we are unapologetic in our desire of liberation for all people; and we are a community-based organization.

We do this through: 

Uprise believes art can and should be used to promote social justice. The best example of how we use art to promote empowerment is our flagship theatre program: a legal course that teaches topics including domestic violence, immigration, sexual assault, LGBTQ+ rights and hate crimes, 4th and 5th Amendment rights, and gang and conspiracy charges.

Participants of the program, turned peer-educators, re-teach the information they have learned to the community through live performances. Listen to our first ever podcast-play!

In addition to theatre, we partner with local artists to create projects which highlight social justice issues impacting our communities. Take a look at our recent project where we explore what love means to those that uprise.

Uprise contributes legal knowledge and skills to the people, striving for investment and empowerment of community members in the legal process.

As an extension of our Know Your Right Forums, Uprise provides free legal coaching in Southeast San Diego with a focus on criminal defense preparation and representation. If you or a loved one would like to set an appointment to speak with someone, please fill out this form.

If you would like to review our self-help folder which includes frequently experienced criminal issues please look here.
By accessing the folder you accept and acknowledge the terms found under **DISCLAIMER**. 

We, as ghetto children, recognize that we have been born with an inherent toughness.
One that has enabled us to survive. We now proclaim that survival is not enough. We long to flourish in ways unexpected of us.
Using weapons of non-violence we will overcome barriers with pen and paper, art, dance, poetry, acting and performance.
We will uprise first within our communities, and after everywhere anywhere we find ourselves.
We recognize that we are women men nonbinary mothers fathers teachers students criminal leaders queer straight immigrant native.
Therefore we believe in universal uprisal. Plant your roots firmly, and extend towards the sky. Wherever you are, whoever you are, rise up now.

Annie Rios, Esq.

Executive Director

Elena Ceja, MHA

Board President

Martha Charles

Board Treasurer

Leticia Rojas, Ed.D.

Board Secretary

Travis Atkinson, Esq.

Board Member

Carlos Ayala

Board Member

Know Your Rights Posters

Download our Know Your Rights Posters for free and share them with your community.

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Coloring Pages

We all need to rest and heal. Use our coloring pages to practice peace and promote liberation.

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  • San Diego, California, United States

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