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Remembering Lisa Banes

Remembering Lisa Banes Lisa Banes (1955 – 2021)

The Acting Company is bereft by the passing of its treasured alumna Lisa Banes.  Lisa joined The Acting Company in 1979 after graduating from the Drama Division of The Juilliard School.  Her many leading roles with the Company include seminal productions of The White Devil directed by Michael Kahn and Elizabeth I directed by Liviu Ciulei. Lisa also was featured in Ten by Tennessee, a retrospective of one-act plays by Tennessee Williams, directed by Michael Kahn, and in the New York premiere of Eric Overmyer’s ... read more

Spring 2021 Community Updates:  Ongoing Commitment to Change

Spring 2021 Community Updates:  Ongoing Commitment to Change

Last summer, the Company committed to fulfilling our duty as a cultural institution to shape the present and future by becoming pro-BIPOC and actively anti-racist. For us, that means living up to ever-evolving standards of Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity, and Justice.  Keeping that evolution in mind, this is an update on how the Company is working to live up to those commitments. 

In shaping those initial commitments and in the process of examining our organization, both past and present, we have been guided by the... read more

Stop Hate

The Acting Company offers unmitigated support to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. We must stand up against hate crimes, Anti-Asian racism, xenophobia, bigotry, and misogyny as they are an attack on our values. 

We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community, especially among our staff, actors, artists, and collaborators. We have been using the resources below to educate ourselves and offer them as resource to our community.  

Thank you for supporting The Acting Company’s commitment to building a more just, diverse, inclusive, and equitable theater and culture.... read more

Accountability and our Community

The Acting Company publicly commits to supporting our BIPOC friends and colleagues. Below is a list of immediate actions.  These are first steps that will be followed by comprehensive diversity and anti-racist policies that the staff and board of directors will develop and publish by spring of 2021.  We want to acknowledge the enormous, inspired, and vital work of We See You White American Theater, The Broadway Advocacy Coaltiion, Black Theatre Coalition, Black Lives Matter, and many more.  These commitments are built on the foundation of their work and we want to thank them for helping us... read more

A Special Statement

A Special Statement

All of us at The Acting Company join in solidarity with our artists, audiences and community to condemn and call for an end to systemic racism and unjust violence against Black Americans. We are angered by the racism and white supremacy that has led to the deaths of countless Black and Brown people. We stand with everyone seeking justice for the murders of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Nina Pop, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, and all victims of racist violence. Black Lives Matter.   We are not innocent of perpetuating systemic racism. As a classical theater,... read more

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