Generations of Americans have been introduced to great theater through The Acting Company in communities all across the country and in New York City as well. Contributions by those who believe in the importance of the theater in our culture as well as the need to extend it to areas that are hundreds of miles away from a regional performing arts center, make the magic of live performance available to thousands of people each year. In fact, 70% of our audiences have never before seen a play. Likewise, the students we reach through our innovative education programs are in schools that have limited or no arts education. Many of our students live below the poverty level and perform considerably below state and national averages.
Financial support by those who believe in the work of The Acting Company is an essential part of creating great theater and effective arts education. As a nonprofit theater, gifts from individuals, businesses, government and foundations underwrite four-fifths of the Company’s annual operating budget and are the means by which we create critically acclaimed productions and offer stimulating education programs. Across the nation, The Acting Company is known for artistic excellence and educational innovation - made possible because of support from people like you.
Back in July 1972, a busload of then unknown actors—Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, David Schramm and David Ogden Stiers—left New York for small towns across America, determined to bring the classics to those who had never before seen a live performance. Hoping, as well, to establish their careers through the experience of playing a wide range of roles on the road and in repertory.
Each year since, young actors take that same journey, traveling over 17,000 miles to dozens of cities in more than 30 states, bringing with them the work of the world’s great playwrights. Those buses have been filled with some of the finest future performers – 300 of them – of theater, television and film, including Rainn Wilson, Frances Conroy, Jeffrey Wright, Harriet Harris, Keith David, Hamish Linklater and Jesse L. Martin. The mission is the same, to develop the finest actors and an increased audience through presentation of outstanding productions and unique theater-arts education programs.
You can help it conitnue – contributions at all levels are welcomed and assist in maintaining and extending the work of this unique national theater without walls. Please visit other pages in this section to learn more about our Patrons program, our Associates program for younger audiences in New York, our Special Giving Opportunities for underwriting programs and projects that nurture and expand The Acting Company.
General support, however, is the lifeblood of our organization and keeps us performing and teaching—in New York, on the road and in the schools. We need and invite your participation; please contribute now. To make a tax-decuctible gift to The Acting Company, please click here.
For further information contact Liana Fernez.