ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY
Atlantic Theater Company is the award-winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully by utilizing an artistic ensemble. Since its inception over 29 years ago, Atlantic has produced more than 150 plays including the Tony Award-winning production of Spring Awakening. During its history, Atlantic has garnered twelve Tony Awards®, eleven Lucille Lortel Awards, fifteen Obie Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards, and three Drama League Awards.
The internationally acclaimed Atlantic Acting School has helped aspiring actors fulfill their dreams since 1983. Founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, the Atlantic has the only conservatory program in the world that offers in-depth training in Mamet and Macy’s unique and influential approach to acting: Practical Aesthetics, the Atlantic Technique. The school’s mission is to ensure that each graduate masters the essential analytical and physical disciplines of acting and to empower every student with skills necessary for success in the profession.
Simple, honest and straightforward, Practical Aesthetics is both an acting technique and a philosophy. The technique gives actors an empowering set of analytical and physical tools. The actor learns to analyze scenes for tangible, physically-playable objectives, and to use his or her imagination, voice, body and sense of play to bring the character and the story to life. The philosophy teaches self-reliance, professional work habits, and mutual support and respect between artists.
ACCREDITATION & AFFILIATIONS
The Atlantic Acting School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Founded in 1965, NAST establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
Atlantic is one of eight primary training studios in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts BFA Drama program. For more information about Atlantic’s NYU Studio program, please click here.
We are also affiliated with Practical Aesthetics Australia (PAA), the official Sydney annex of Atlantic Acting School. PAA was established in 1998 by Atlantic Theater Company founding member Melissa Bruder and actor Andrea Moor.
WHAT IS ATLANTIC?
Watch our video to learn more about the connection between Atlantic Theater Company and Atlantic Acting School. This video features interviews with School Executive Director Mary McCann and Atlantic Theater Company Artistic Director Neil Pepe.