Atlantic Theater Company



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Atlantic Theater Company is an Off-Broadway not-for-profit theater, whose mission is "to produce great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble." The company was founded in 1985 by David Mamet, William H. Macy 30 of their acting students from New York University, inspired by the historical examples of the Group Theatre and Stanislavsky. Atlantic Theater Company believes that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process.
The Atlantic Theater Company company operates two theaters in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, the 165-seat mainstage Linda Gross Theater, which is located at 336 West 20th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, in the parish hall of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, built in 1854 and currently under renovation. and the 99-seat black-box theater, Stage 2 at 330 West 16th Street, also between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, in the former Port Authority building. Stage 2, which opened in June 2006, is the home of Atlantic’s new play development program which includes the commissioning of new works, readings, workshops, and fully staged productions.

Since its inception, Atlantic Theater Company has produced more than 120 plays, including the Tony Award winning productions of Spring Awakening (which the company moved to Broadway in 2006) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane, as well as The Lieutenant of Inishmore by Martin McDonagh, David Mamet’s adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance by Harley Granville Barker, Mamet’s Romance, Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange, Dublin Carol by Conor McPherson, Woody Allen’s Writer’s Block, the revival of Hobson's Choice, the revivals of Mamet's American Buffalo and Edmond, Dangerous Corner by J.B. Priestley, The Cider House Rules, adapted by Peter Parnell, Celebration, The Room and The Hothouse by Harold Pinter, Mojo by Jez Butterworth, the New York premieres of Howard Korder’s Boys’ Life and The Lights at Lincoln Center Theater, Kevin Heelan’s Distant Fires, Quincy Long’s The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite and Shaker Heights, Tom Donaghy’s Minutes From The Blue Route, Edwin S├ínchez’ Trafficking in Broken Hearts, and Missing Persons by Craig Lucas.
Other Mamet productions by Atlantic include the plays The Blue Hour, Yes, But So What?, Revenge of the Space Pandas, The Poet and the Rent, Vermont Sketches, Reunion, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Duck Variations, The Woods, The Water Engine, his adaptation of Three Sisters, Home, School, and Keep Your Pantheon.
Recently, Atlantic has produced Farragut North by Beau Willimon on its mainstage, and What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling by David Pittu and Randy Redd on Stage 2. The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh will be presented in collaboration with Druid Theatre, and a co-produced revival of Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow is currently playing on Broadway.
Acting school

The Atlantic Acting School, founded in 1987, operates as both a private conservatory and an undergraduate program in conjunction with New York University. The school focuses on the Practical Aesthetics Acting Technique, growing out of a series of NYU summer workshops in Vermont in 1983 and 1984 with playwright David Mamet and actor William H. Macy.
The Atlantic Acting School fosters new generations of theater artists by creating a student ensemble that allows actors to hone their craft in a safe yet challenging environment. The school's enrollment represents a cross-section of social, economic and ethnic backgrounds. Distinguished guest lecturers include Kate Winslet, Alan Alda, Chris Noth, Richard Dreyfuss, Sam Shepard, Margo Jefferson, Gore Vidal, Charles Durning, Gabriel Byrne, Brian Dennehy, Howard Korder, Mary Steenburgen, Nicky Silver, and Ted Danson as well as program graduates Kristen Johnston, Felicity Huffman, and Eddie Cahill. Atlantic is committed to preparing its students for all aspects of a performing arts career.
A number of theater companies have been formed by former students of Atlantic Acting School, including Mobius Group Productions, Bar Hoppers, Thirsty Turtle Productions, Harvard Sailing Team, The Common Tongue, The Group B Project, The Fifteenth Minute, The Ateh Theater Company, The Production Company, Hair of the Dog, EBE Ensemble, Riot, and The Management.