Biography

The Acting Company is the only professional theater principally dedicated to the development of young classical actors. Founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley from the first graduating class of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School, The Company has launched the careers of some 400 actors, including Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, David Schramm, Keith David, Rainn Wilson, Lorraine Touissaint, Frances Conroy, Harriet Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Hamish Linklater, Jesse L. Martin, and Roslyn Ruff, while bringing high quality professional theater to hundreds of communities from coast to coast. Through its national touring repertories of classic and new plays, the Company has given two generations of recent drama school graduates the opportunity to hone their craft in challenging roles while bringing theater to small towns and major cities alike. Alumni of The Acting Company have won every major acting award, including the Oscar, Tony, Olivier and Emmy. The Company itself has been honored with numerous awards including a special 2003 Tony for Excellence in Theater, and most recently received the 2019 Audelco Award for Best Play for its production of Native Son.

The Acting Company has been seen by over 4 million people in 48 States, 10 foreign countries, on and Off-Broadway, and at leading resident theaters including the Guthrie, the Kennedy Center and New York City Center. Among over a dozen new works commissioned by The Acting Company to complement the classical repertory are plays by Pulitzer Prize winners Tony Kushner, Lynn Nottage, and Beth Henley, as well as Marcus Gardley, Rebecca Gilman, David Grimm, John Guare, Jeffrey Hatcher, Meg Miroshnik, David Mamet, Ntozake Shange, Maria Irene Fornes, Spalding Gray, Michael Weller, and Wendy Wasserstein. The Company's education programs bring professional productions, in-school residencies, and teacher training workshops to thousands of students in underserved schools and disadvantaged communities each year.

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