The Acting Company’s mission is to build a discerning national audience for the theater by producing exceptional productions that tour nationwide for diverse audiences; to develop the best young American actors by giving them an opportunity to practice their craft in a repertory of classic and new plays; and to educate students in communities with limited access to the arts. The Company has produced 144 plays in New York City and on tour in 48 states & 10 countries for nearly 4 million audience members. Our education programs have served 2 million students & educators. The Company was founded in 1972 by John Houseman & Margot Harley with the first graduating class of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, which included Kevin Kline,Patti LuPone,David Ogden Stiers,& David Schramm.
Arts Education Programming:
STUDENT PERFORMANCE SERIES features student matinee performances of at least 2 main stage productions of classic, contemporary, and Shakespeare’s plays serving NYC middle & high schools. After each performance, students participate in post-performance Q&A sessions with the cast. LEARNING THROUGH THEATER (Grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) and Primary Shakespeare (Grades 2-5) are in-school theater residencies using performance-based teaching methods to provide high quality educational theater activities rooted in classical and Shakespeare’s texts to culturally under-served students in New York City. SHAKESPEARE FOR TEACHERS engages NYC teachers in professional development workshops with teaching artists to develop new curricular approaches to the work of William Shakespeare and other classical literature.