The Acting Company

Cast and Artists

Maria Aitken

Maria Aitken (Director, Twelfth Night) directed the Olivier and Tony Award-winning production of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps and the Tony Award-nominated Man and Boy (West End and Broadway). Other directing credits include Lady Bracknell’s Confinement (Vineyard Theatre), As You Like It (Shakespeare Theatre); Bedroom Farce, The Seagull, The Cocktail Hour, Betrayal, Private Lives and Educating Rita at the Huntington; Heartbreak House (Delaware REP), The Cocktail Hour (Guthrie), The Gift (Geffen Playhouse/Melbourne Theatre, Australia) and Quartermaine’s Terms (Williamstown Theatre Festival). As an actress at the Royal Shakespeare Company, National Theatre, and in the West End, roles included Hay Fever, Blithe Spirit, Bedroom Farce, Travesties, Waste, Private Lives, and The Vortex, among others. Film credits include A Fish Called Wanda (BAFTA nomination). Ms. Aitken is a visiting teacher at the British American Drama Academy, The Juilliard School, Yale School of Drama, New York University, The Actors Center in New York, and the Academy for Classical Acting. Books: A Girdle Round the Earth and Style: Acting in High Comedy. Trustee, Noël Coward Foundation.

Ian Belknap

Ian Belknap (Director of X) is the Artistic Director of The Acting Company where he has directed: Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, Of Mice and Men and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. As the Artistic Director and Associate Artistic Director he has produced: Desire, Macbeth, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Romeo and Juliet and The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter. Other directing credits include: Shaw’s Millionairess, Red, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, As You Like It and Damascus. He is a graduate of Towson University.