The Acting Company

In New YorkAlumni Spotlight Series

Alumni Spotlight Series virtual events are led, written, directed, and performed by our acclaimed alumni actors, who over two generations have been at the forefront of theater, television and film. In this time of social distancing, events will be presented virtually on YouTube, making them accessible to a global audience. 

Make a tax-deductible contribution by clicking here. 50% of proceeds will benefit Brooklyn for Life!, a nonprofit founded by Company alum Jeffrey Wright to provide meals to Brooklyn's frontline workers during Covid-19. 

Actors appear by special arrangement with the Theater Authority. Inc. We thank the artists who are contributing their time!

Presented Online via YouTube



Events premiere at 7:30 PM and will remain live for four days following initial release

More Spotlights Coming Soon!

New Spotlight Videos to premiere in November!

Letters from Cuba

by Maria Irene Fornes
featuring Sebastian Arroyo and others to be announced

Based on three decades of letters María Irene Fornés received from her brother in Havana, Letters from Cuba moves back and forth in time and place and spirit, linking a young dancer and her relatives in Cuba as it explores lifelong connections that bind us to the people who truly make our lives sing. The play finds Fornés at the height of her mastery in a work of mature sentimentality from a writer renowned for her piercing insight and bold theatricality.  

August 26, 2020

Aired on Wednesday, August 26


by Samuel Beckett
featuring J.D. Mollison (Octet), John Skelley (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Marjorie Johnson (Dot), and William Sturdivant (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation)

A masterpiece of minimalism, Beckett’s comedy finds four refugees from an unknown apocalypse trapped together and waiting for the end. Bleak and sweet, slapstick and morose, his exploration of the human experience dangles humor at edge of an abyss. Featuring a remarkable cast of Acting Company alumni, Endgame speaks to our current moment as we long for connection, think fondly of the past, and look for hope in the face of an uncertain future.

August 12, 2020

Aired on Wednesday, August 12

Dear Friends: Tatiana Wechsler in Concert

An intimate evening of songs performed by Acting Company alum Tatiana Wechsler (X:Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation, Love in Hate Nation)Dear Friends is a collection of original tunes and covers curated to empower, uplift, and center love and joy. Enjoy familiar favorites, new songs inspired by Shakespeare and August Wilson, and more!

"Dear Friends - from me to all of you, to watch and listen to, either remotely or in person, with those whom you hold dear."  - Tatiana Wechsler

July 29, 2020

Aired on Wednesday, July 29

Words Fail Me

by David Manis 
directed by David Manis & Anne McNaughton
featuring Baize Buzan (To Kill a Mockingbird) & Dakin Matthews (Rocky, To Kill a Mockingbird)

An aging actor, the role of a lifetime, and an epiphany of galactic proportions. Acting Company alum David Manis’s rollercoaster comedy reveals the unlikely secret to the improbable success of southeast Michigan’s second-largest Shakespeare festival.

July 15, 2020

Aired on Wednesday, July 15


by Dakin Matthews
directed by Anne McNaughton
featuring Dakin Matthews (To Kill a Mockingbird) and Angela Pierce (Oslo)

Written, directed and performed by Acting Company alumni, Tea follows two old friends discovering a new facet to their relationship as they reflect on a life in theater, the intimacy of creating art, and the meaning behind nightcaps. This short piece is a sweet look at the complexities of love and friendship.

July 08, 2020

Aired on Wednesday, July 8
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