Back on the Road in 2021 in a New Partnership

Back on the Road in 2021 in a New Partnership

The Acting Company will relaunch its celebrated national repertory touring program in Fall 2021 in a new partnership with touring consultant Marc Baylin and Alliance Artist Management (Rob Robbins, Founder and President). The Company’s tours have reached over 4 million people across the country over the last 48 years, garnering a Tony Honor for Excellence. The Acting Company brings high quality repertory productions of classic and new plays into all types of communities to entertain and inspire audiences with the work of America’s best emerging professional classical actors and the timeless stories of the theater’s great playwrights.

“Marc Baylin has long been the gold standard for booking theater in the United States,” says Acting Company Artistic Director Ian Belknap. “His hands-on approach has already improved our touring systems making it possible for us to play all different types of venues across the country extending our reach into communities nationwide. I am thrilled to be working with him and Rob Robbins at Alliance Artist Management to launch a new partnership for our 2021-2022 national tour.”

Marc Baylin noted, “It’s exciting to begin a new arrangement with Alliance Artist Management and to help direct the return to touring of The Acting Company, one of America’s great institutions of the theater.”

Rob Robbins says, “While we all anxiously await the return of live performance, it is energizing to launch this dynamic collaboration with Marc Baylin and Ian Belknap, along with his team at The Acting Company, which has long been the first name in touring theater.”  

The Acting Company’s 2021-2022 tour will share a powerful new repertory of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare and The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas in a new adaptation by Linda Alper and Penny Metropulos, whose adaptations have premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and subsequently have played at theaters nationwide. The Three Musketeers production will be directed by Carl Cofield, an alum of The Acting Company whose acclaimed productions have recently appeared at Yale Rep, The Denver Center, Cleveland Play House, Two River Theater, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and at the Classical Theatre of Harlem, where he is the Associate Artistic Director. Twelfth Night will be directed by Kent Gash, whose celebrated career includes many productions at the country’s leading theaters, including The Public Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Alliance Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among many others. He is currently the Founding Director of the New Studio on Broadway, NYU Tisch School of The Arts.  

Like many performing arts organizations, the Covid-19 health crisis has led The Acting Company to reimagine how it can connect with audiences. To continue its artistic work during social distancing, The Company will launch its Alumni Spotlight Series, featuring virtual readings, concerts, conversations, and other events that highlight the work of the Company’s distinguished roster of alumni actors. The series will commence in July 2020, with further details to be announced shortly.

Performing arts presenters interested in booking The Acting Company’s forthcoming tour should contact Alliance Artist Management (, 212-304-3538) to learn more.


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 Toussaint, 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 by Nambi E. Kelley and nominations from the Drama League, Off-Broadway Alliance, and Antonyo Awards.


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. Embracing an expansive definition of the classics, The Acting Company has commissioned over a dozen new, classically inspired plays including works 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, Charles Smith, 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.

Major support for The Acting Company is provided by The Shubert Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, The Howard Gilman Foundation, NEA Shakespeare in American Communities/Arts Midwest, The New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Rona Jaffe Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Axe-Houghton Foundation, The Howard Bayne Fund, The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation, Deborah Carmichael/Renascence Fund, IBM International Foundation, Lucille Lortel Foundation, The Marquis George MacDonald Foundation, and numerous other generous individuals and institutions.


Marc Baylin founded Baylin Artists Management in 1993 and grew the agency to become one of the leaders in touring theater and international projects. In early 2020, he decided to begin winding down the agency. He has recently been named Senior Advisor to Alliance Artist Management, where six companies from the Baylin Artists roster will land beginning with the 21-22 season. Marc Baylin has consulted for a number of organizations over the years including the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and Dance Alloy. He has served on the national boards of Chamber Music America, Western Arts Alliance, and the National Association of Performing Arts Managers and Agents, where he is a Past-President. Over the last 25+ years, Baylin Artists generated numerous successful tours for LA Theatre Works, Aquila Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre, and the Reduced Shakespeare Co among others.


Alliance Artist Management was founded by Rob Robbins in 2006 with a mission to develop and promote artists that combine mastery with curiosity. Alliance seeks a pragmatic and productive alignment of artistic expression and vision with commercial needs. The company aims to achieve success with an uncompromising dedication to enhancing the human experience.

The Alliance roster boasts some of the most distinguished and sought-after artists performing today. From chamber and vocal ensembles, to early and new music, and theater, Alliance artists possess the highest artistic standards, unique commercial appeal, and distinctive ability to bring innovation to their particular form. Recognizing the importance of engaging future audiences in the rich experiences of live performance is central to the company’s goals, and is a signpost for all its endeavors.

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