Actors Theatre is THE professional theatre in Phoenix and in fact the entire state. It features local actors in challenging plays that investigate the human condition in entertaining ways not approached by any other theatre company in the state.
Actors Theatre provides the very best in locally produced, live theatre which is compelling, insightful, moving and engaging. The audiences see this aspect of what makes Actors Theatre outstanding each and every time. What the audience doesn't see is that which keeps Actors Theatre at the forefront of the community of LOCAL actors, designers, technicians and production personnel who have the great pleasure of working with and for the company. For 25+ years, AT has maintained the commitment to source LOCAL before it was a trend by hiring LOCAL actors, designers, technicians and production personnel and buying LOCAL products and services. By valuing human resources at the LOCAL level, the benefit to the community goes beyond what the audiences experiences. These aspects of greatness, in tandem, provide an invaluable asset to the Metro Phoenix non-profit arts community. As a patron, donor and theatre professional, my support for Actors Theatre is forever longstanding.
Actors Theatre is a truely unique non-profit theatre in Phoenix. It is the only professional theatre dedicated to producing first-class contemporary plays that address important social issues. My wife and I moved to Phoenix in 1994, became subscribers almost immediately and have been subscribers ever since. We've also become financial supporters and vocal advocates. Last year the economy hit Actors Theatre hard, but rather than fold as so many theatres did, it decided to "pause" and regroup. During this "pause," I along with many others felt so strongly that Actors Theatre must survive that we volunteered to help in any way we could, and we're all glad we did. The economy is now slowly regaining strength and Actors Theatre has recently been able to kick-off its 2013-14 season with A STEADY RAIN. Thankfully there's light ahead for Actors Theatre because it is a key, unmatched component of Phoenix's arts community.
This is an amazing company giving the audience a great experience on a limited budget. They have an incredible amount of passion for what they do and it shows in the product that is delivered.
I've been privileged to be in two Actors Theatre productions as an actor. They treat the artists who work there with true professionalism and respect for their craft. Everyone in the artistic and production staff has the highest of production values which results in a product that is pleasing to the eyes, ears and mind. The organization selects scripts that are timely and thought provoking, not just entertaining. Our community is much better for the ideas shared on the Actors Theatre stage.
When I moved from New York to Arizona, I was in serious "culture shock", and I especially missed Broadway and great theatre. In 1985, a friend and I discovered Actor's Theatre of Phoenix, and we bought season's tickets for Thursday evening performances. Twenty-five years later, we have changed jobs, moved, gotten married, had children, but Thursday nights at Actor's Theatre are sacred! Over the past twenty five years we have been treated to outstanding, challenging, important works that no one else in Arizona performs! The actors are first rate, the staging inventive and the direction original and expert. I have way too many favorites to list here, (Angels in America, Baltimore Waltz, Last Night at Ballyhoo, Stones in His Pocket) but executive director Matthew Weiner somehow managed to make each season better than the last! Post show discussions make audience members feel like part of the process, they serve to educate the theatre going public, and enhance enjoyment of the show. In a town where it's a lot easier to find a "old war horse" musical than it is to find provocative theatre, Actor's Theatre of Phoenix has come to the rescue! Please join me in supporting this worthy organization!
Actor's Theatre is a theatre company that has stayed true to its mission. I have appeared as an actor in three of its productions and I can personally attest to the company's desire to create a dialogue with its surrounding community about contemporary issues. Matthew is an artistic director with a vision that continues in the face of severe economic challenges and chooses plays that are intelligent, thought-provoking, and most importantly, relevant to the times in which we live.
My comments are based on experiences from both sides of the footlights. As an artist I have acted, directed and choreographed fights for Actors Theatre (AT). As a member of the audience I’ve enjoyed attending countless productions since 1986. AT is a vital cog in the cultural landscape of The Valley of the Sun. They inhabit a rare position here. They produce contemporary work that confronts and examines critical social, economic, spiritual and political issues, and they consistently produce at an exceptionally high level of artistry. Their seasonal palate challenges the audience and would normally be found in much more ‘sophisticated’ (an outsider’s prejudicial perspective) cities. AT takes an enormous risk each year and Phoenix is a much better place for that risk. Beyond that AT provides valuable internships for the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) candidates in the School of Theatre and Film at Arizona State University. As coordinator of that program, I cherish the close relationship ASU has with AT. Matthew Weiner’s interest in and support of our MFA program helps me to recruit top-tier talent from throughout the country. This is a perfect example of how AT nourishes the local community. I have always been and continue to be so very, very grateful for AT!
I LOVE Actor's Theatre. They produce edgy and interesting work, and though some of it is not to my personal tastes, their productions and actors are always first rate. I appreciate the fact that they try to use mostly local professional actors in the Phoenix area, and that they do theatre that is not usual fare, but rather new or not often produced. I have shared many a wonderful evening there with friends, and look forward to many more wonderful surprises and great theatre from them.