Alumni Theater Company Launches 13th Season

Monday, 10 February 2020 08:30 AM Written by 

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With nearly 50 members, Alumni Theater Company gives an artistic voice to young Black artists in the Pittsburgh area.

"Our work allows them to identify their personal message and prepares them to articulate it to an audience in an engaging and authentic way," explains Hallie Donner, executive director of ATC.

With more than 60 productions under its belt, Hallie tells us what to expect during the theater company's thirteenth season, which is kicking off with "Dangerously in Love" by ATC's Teen Ensemble.

You're entering your thirteenth season in Pittsburgh, what makes this season different?

ATC has always been praised for the activism that lives inside the work we create. We decided we wanted to dig deeper into that activism side of our work and create a series of shows within our season titled "ATC's Make A Change Series." These shows will focus on injustices that are occurring and how we can work together to take a stance against those injustices.

Tell us about your new theatre space, the Bill Nunn Black Box. What unique experiences can theatre-goers expect?

The Bill Nunn Black Box opened in October of 2018. It is a state of the art, flexible, intimate space that can seat between 90 and 120 people. This theater has been a great asset to ATC and dedicating it to a longtime friend and mentor like Bill has pushed ATC to grow bigger and better.

What's coming up in 2020 for Alumni Theater Company?

We have so much going on! On February 21-22, our crazy-talented Teen Ensemble is partnering with Gwen's Girls on a show about teen dating violence titled "Dangerously In Love." On March 6-7, our brilliant Professional Ensemble presents a New Works Showcase full of fresh new plays, music, and spoken word. This May, ATC is very excited to present the world premiere of the stage adaptation of Sharon Flake's beloved young adult book "The Skin I'm In."

In addition to productions, we have school workshops, master classes, play readings, receptions, monologue competitions, New York trips, new member auditions, and open mics on the calendar before the end of the summer!

Why do you love Alumni Theater Company?

ATC is a family. It is a place of vibrant artistry and support. The ATC members fill the theater with an endless amount of love and creativity, and everyone who enters is affected by it. The work we produce is directly from the ideas of the members who hold a perspective of our city, country, and world that is critical to inciting the change that must occur in order to achieve equity. And, we also have so much fun. ATC for life!

James from Alumni Theater Company

Photos by Mark Simpson

 

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