Atlantic Theater Company is the award-winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully by utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic believes that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process. The plays in the Atlantic repertory, from both new and established playwrights, are boldly interpreted by today’s finest theater artists and resonate with contemporary audiences.
Celebrating 30 years of theater since its inception in 1985, Atlantic has produced more than 150 plays including Tony Award® winning productions of Spring Awakening (Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh); New York Drama Critics Circle winner for Best New Play, The Night Alive (Conor McPherson) world premieres of Posterity (Doug Wright); I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard (Halley Feiffer); Found (Hunter Bell, Eli Bolin, Lee Overtree); Between Riverside and Crazy (Stephen Adly Guirgis); Almost an Evening, Offices, Happy Hour and Women or Nothing (Ethan Coen); the musical revival of Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera directed by Martha Clarke; Our New Girl (Nancy Harris); The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Alan Sillitoe, adapted by Roy Williams); Bluebird and Harper Regan (Simon Stephens); What Rhymes With America (Melissa James Gibson); 3 Kinds of Exile (John Guare); Storefront Church (John Patrick Shanley); The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Cripple of Inishmaan (Martin McDonagh); Body Awareness (Annie Baker); Romance (David Mamet); Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman, adapted by Jenny Worton); Farragut North (Beau Willimon); Blue/Orange (Joe Penhall); Port Authority and Dublin Carol (Conor McPherson); Writer’s Block (Woody Allen); American Buffalo and Edmond (David Mamet); The Cider House Rules (adapted by Peter Parnell); Good Television (Rod McLachlan); Celebration & The Room, The Collection & A Kind of Alaska and The Hothouse (Harold Pinter); Dying For It, Gabriel (Moira Buffini); Oohrah! (Bekah Brunstetter); Mojo, Parlour Song (Jez Butterworth); Boys’ Life and The Lights (Howard Korder); Distant Fires (Kevin Heelan); The Lying Lesson, Missing Persons (Craig Lucas). Atlantic has garnered 12 Tony Awards®, 15 Lucille Lortel Awards, 16 Obie Awards, 7 Drama Desk Awards, 6 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 3 Drama League Awards, 3 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Atlantic also operates the internationally acclaimed Atlantic Acting School, which has helped aspiring actors fulfill their dreams for over 30 years by creating a student ensemble that allows emerging actors to hone their craft in a safe yet challenging environment. Atlantic has the only conservatory program in the world that offers in-depth training in Mamet and Macy’s unique and influential approach to the acting profession: Practical Aesthetics. Atlantic Acting School offers a full-time, two-and-a-half year conservatory program, three-semester evening conservatory, and part-time adult acting classes, and is proud to be one of the professional studios included in the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University Drama Department. Atlantic partners with schools and teachers throughout the greater metropolitan area offering in-school teaching artist workshops and semester long theater residencies. Additionally, Atlantic offers a variety of acting and theater programs for ages 4 – 18 in an after school and summer camp setting. Alumni include Amelia Rose Blaire (True Blood), Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie), Elizabeth Olsen (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Gina Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), and Jarrod Spector (Beautiful – The Carole King Musical). Previous guest teachers include Atlantic co-founders David Mamet and William H. Macy, as well as actresses Glenn Close and Kate Winslet.