Mission & History

Mission

The mission of Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is to present, in an intimate environment, bold and innovative new works by contemporary playwrights who share our respect for language and humanity. Our philosophy and goal continues to be the presentation of regional premieres of thought-provoking, challenging and entertaining contemporary plays. Actor’s Theatre is the only professional theatre in the region that dedicates its entire programming to new works that are daring, offbeat and, yes, sometimes controversial. Through the years we have remained steadfast to this original mission and philosophy and will strive to continue to be your entertainment source for these exciting new plays for years to come.

History

Upon formation as a professional theatre in 1989, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte produced HOLY GHOSTS by North Carolina native Romulus Linney at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, NC. The company began with one full-time employee and one part-time employee. The following year, Actor’s Theatre began producing at the newly renovated Spirit Square complex in the 70-seat Acting Studio.

Following 4 successful years in the Acting Studio, Actor’s Theatre was named a Resident Company of Spirit Square. By 1999, Actor’s Theatre moved in to the 195-seat Duke Energy Theatre and added another part-time employee, totaling two full-time employees and one part-time employee.

The company continued producing in Spirit Square until 2004, when our new home at 650 East Stonewall Street was completed, which houses our 199-seat main stage theatre and administrative and production offices. After 12 wonderful years on Stonewall, we took Season 28 on the road for what became our New Places, New Spaces, New Faces tour! The season included performances at Center City Church, Charlotte Ballet, and The Mint Museum, we landed in the Charles and Jane Hadley Theater on the Queens University of Charlotte campus. The opportunity for a partnership quickly developed and, in January 2018, ATC became the resident theatre company at Queens!

Actor’s Theatre has received numerous awards and accolades over its 30-year history. We have been the recipient of “Theatre of the Year” honors from Creative Loafing numerous times, as well as three-time recipients of “Theatre Company of the Year” honors from the Metrolina Theatre Association. We have also received two George A. Parides Professional Theatre Award (2001 and 2004) from the North Carolina Theatre Conference, and several “Best Performing Arts Company” from Charlotte Magazine’s BOB Awards. These honors have cemented Actor’s Theatre’s place as the region’s most award-winning theatre company.

We are proud to be members of the National New Play Network, Theatre Communications Group (the service organization of the American Professional Theatre), North Carolina Theatre Conference, and the Metrolina Theatre Association.

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is also pleased to be funded through the generous support of the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc.,  the North Carolina Arts Council, and The Shubert Foundation.

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