ACTOR’S THEATRE OF CHARLOTTE BECOMES RESIDENT THEATRE COMPANY OF QUEENS
In January of 2018, Queens University of Charlotte and Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (ATC) announced that ATC is now the resident theatre company of Queens. As part of a five-year agreement, ATC now produces and performs its full complete offering of programs from Queens’ Hadley Theatre. ATC also relocated administrative and artistic offices from their previous location at 2219 Freedom Drive to Queens.
ATC had been producing shows at Queens since spring of 2017, while they worked to obtain the proper permits for renovations to their Freedom Drive location. The Hadley Theatre ended up being the perfect location for ATC and inspired Executive Director Chip Decker to propose a more permanent relationship.
“I realized we had everything we needed on Queens’ campus,” said Decker. “With high-quality lighting and sound equipment, the Hadley Theatre is a wonderfully modern space to produce and perform shows. I saw a real opportunity for ATC to be based in a prime Charlotte location, while at the same time, enriching Queens’ theatre program.”
As part of the partnership, ATC helps produce Queens’ two annual student productions and students will have the opportunity to audition for parts in ATC productions. ATC serves as a resource for internships and support of the theatre curriculum. In addition, alumni and aspiring playwrights of Queens’ Master in Fine Arts program are able to submit scripts for ATC consideration.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to work side-by-side with professional artists and designers,” said Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences John Sisko. “This partnership with ATC creates new opportunities throughout our highly collaborative arts and humanities programs. The impact on our niche program in Arts leadership and Administration will be extraordinary.”
This new partnership is the latest step in Queens’ commitment to its liberal arts foundation. Queens recently broke ground on a $20+ million renovation to its current 63,000-square-foot fine arts center built in 1966. The new Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for Arts & Civic Engagement will bring more world-renowned thought leaders and cultural events to Queens and support Charlotte’s vibrant arts community.