The Acting Company was founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot Harley from the first graduating class of the Drama Division of The Juilliard School which included, among others, Kevin Kline, Patti LuPone, David Odgen Stiers, Mary Lou Rosato and David Schramm. For 47 years The Acting Company has continued as the only permanent, professional repertory company dedicated to the development of American classical actors. The company has
performed 145 classical and new plays on tour from coast to coast to both undeserved communities and major U.S. cities.The company has produced important revivals of the great playwrights and new plays by America's leading dramatists. A majority of the company’s 400 alumni are in constant demand, performing on Broadway, in films and on television. More than 4 million people in 48 states and 10 foreign countries have experienced theater through The Acting Company. 

The Acting Company is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization incorporated under the name Group I Acting Company, Inc., EIN# 13-2759292

Your support of The Acting Company’s Fall Gala makes possible a range of productions, K-12 education programs, and new play development initiatives that will impact over 25,000 people this seaon, including:

• An Off-Broadway summer repertory season that will feature the best new graduates of the Juilliard Drama Division and other top actor training programs, enabling them to develop their talents in two productions that challenge artists and audiences alike.  

• Free in-school Shakespeare performances for up to 7,500 middle and high school students in Title I schools across the five boroughs of New York City, the majority of whom have never seen a professional play before.

• Learning Through Theater, Primary Shakespeare, Shakespeare for Teachers, and Student Matinee Series education programs provided at no cost to 7,000 students and educators in the Tri-State area, and in our ninth annual residency on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation in Dulce, NM.

• The commission and development of new works by playwrights Rebecca Gilman and Meg Miroshnik to be paired with classical plays in future repertory seasons.