ART was founded in 2005 by Artistic Director John Strasberg as a practical expression of the Organic Creative Process, which he discovered. We were incorporated as a New York State not-for-profit corporation in 2006, and are a 501c3 tax exempt and registered New York State charitable organization.
Our weekly professional workshop is a key component of our life as a company, providing an opportunity for each participant to work on his or her creative process, but also helping to establish a common vocabulary and way of working.
A major achievement of our first years of existence is the "World of Writers" (WOW) program, whose first segment was devoted to the life and works of Tennessee Williams. Featuring participants from our professional workshop, this 45 minute presentation has been presented to junior high school and high school students, and elsewhere in NYC, and was a featured seminar in our inaugural season in the fall of 2008.
Since 2008, our play development program has identified promising new works and provided readings by company participants and others, possibly leading to further developmental productions.
In the summer of 2009 we offered a five-week program for 7-10 actors, featuring training in audition technique, preparation, organic script analysis, movement, voice, and scene technique. The summer program will be offered again this year. For more information see our Professional Training page.