Monday, February 28, 2011

General Audition Announcement

THE ESSENTIAL THEATRE will hold General Auditions for the 2011 Essential Theatre Play Festival.
Three full-length plays in repertory:
  • A SLEEPING COUNTRY by Melanie Marnich
    Directed by Peter Hardy
  • GREAT FALLS by Lee Blessing
    Directed by Ellen McQueen
  • A THOUSAND CIRCLETS by Theroun D’Arcy Patterson
    Directed by Betty Hart
To view scripts, go to:
Festival runs June 30 – July 31 at Actor’s Express
Date/Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday, March 13
Location: The Juggler’s Room in the Little Five Points Community Center (the building that Horizon Theatre is located in). It’s on the top floor, the first door on your right as you come to the top of the stairs.
Address: 1083 Austin Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307

Please bring in two contrasting monologues, totaling not more than 4 minutes. We will NOT be reading for individual plays at this time. (By “contrasting”, we mean “contrasting”. Show us you can play more than one kind of character – beyond that, it’s up to you.)
Non-union casting. All roles will be stipend-paid.

For appointment time, e-mail or call 404-212-0815.
Mailing Address: The Essential Theatre, 1414 Foxhall Lane #10, Atlanta, GA 30316.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Alliance Theatre Discount Offer for Essential Friends

Tony Award winner Judith Ivey directs the 2010 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition winner, Carapace, in performances now on the Hertz Stage at the Alliance Theatre. Carapace was written by 29 year old David Mitchell Robinson and depicts a portrait of Jeff, a flawed man on a collision course with fate.

Save $5 on tickets with promo code CARAPACE5 at or by calling the box office at (404) 733-5000. Carapace runs through March 6th so get your tickets today!

"The Essential Theatre recommends CARAPACE, a strong new American play by David Mitchell Robinson, beautifully produced by the Alliance Theatre with an all-Atlanta cast." Peter Hardy, Artistic Director

"...close to miraculous in every conceivable almost perfect work of art. If you care about fine theatre, go see it." –Manning Harris, Atlanta InTown

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Essential Theatre Seeks Volunteer Grant Writer

Essenitial Theatre seeks an individual to research grants and write grant proposals for the organization. The writer would be expected to find viable grant opportunities from all sources, including but not limited to foundations; federal, state and city grants; other private charitable and philanthropic organizations. The writer would create and submit proposals and to all charitable opportunities.

Essential Theatre is very proud of its reputation for presenting high quality productions of new works including a world premiere by a Georgia Playwright. We are a 501c3 non-profit benefiting from the talents of a diverse group of participants and catering to a an equally diverse audience.


  • Grant Writing, Communication & Research: Be able to effectively research grants related to our mission and projects reach into the community and successfully complete the fulfillment needs of the specific grants for submission.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Atlanta Theatre Buzz's PERSON OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Kathy Manning for being named Atlanta Theatre Buzz's PERSON OF THE YEAR. We'll second that emotion!

As well as working with many different theatre companies around town, Kathy has been the Essential Theatre's Prop Mistress of the Universe for some years now, as well as serving as a Stage Manager and All-Around-Indispensible-Contributor. Here's what Atlanta Buzz had to say:

For the 2 people in Atlanta who don't know Kathy, we will give you a little background. Kathy is a true unsung hero of local theatre. There is not a person who works harder and complains less. I can't think of a person who can take control of any situation as a stage manager or production manager, and still have the respect and loyalty of everyone in a cast. I can't think of one person with a harsh word about her. She is an example to all of us in being professional, with a strong work ethic. Most of us are better for having worked in a production with her. If you see her, congratulate her and tell her that this is well deserved. In fact, it's about time!