The Theatre Project was founded in early 2009 by Christian Amato. By cultivating a group of actors, Amato developed the company with the belief that growth as an actor and as a human being are synonymous. A major emphasis was placed on the notion that the actor is an ever-evolving human being. The Theatre Project successfully produced it's first production in Plattsburgh, New York. As an artist-driven company, The Theatre Project became committed to developing and producing compelling theatre, maintaining an ensemble approach throughout the creative process in order to develop new and bold interpretations of the play produced.
During the summer of 2010, Christian Amato moved The Theatre Project to Manhattan in order to begin establishing the company as a reputable developer of contemporary theatre. Amato then brought on KeriAnne Murphy as the company's Executive Director. Together they staged a new adapatation of Sarah Kane's final play, 4.48 Psychosis at The Red Room on the East Village's Fourth Arts Block, a production that garnered The Theatre Project the title of "Adventurous New Company" by the news paper The Villager.
With Christian Amato as Founding Artistic & Producing Director And KeriAnne Murphy as Executive Director & Production Manager, The Theatre Project just completed a season of theatre dedicated to the work of contemporary playwright Sean Pomposello. After developing 11 of Sean's plays in reading (4 of which were World Premieres) during the Universal MonstersSeries, TTP presented the World Premiere production of B*tch at The Players Theatre. B*tch was presented as a limited engagment, running for 12 sold-out performances. Downtown Magazine described the production as "A Great Success" and referred to the company as "One to watch in the next year!"
In 2012, The Theatre Project then brought on Casey Brehm to serve as Director of Development, as the company priority became new play development.
The Theatre Project collaborated with Sean Pomposello again on Barbicide, which celebrated it's World Premiere production Off-Broadway at The Players Theatre. Barbicide was workshopped with The Theatre Project during Universal Monsters. It then went through a development spa at Moustache Greenwich Tonsorial through the spring. Barbicide ran for 14 performances in October 2012 at The Historic Players Theatre. NYtheatre described Barbicide as "Gorgeous, vivid and imagistic."
The Theatre Project then presented Cold Reads, an Off-Broadway Development Lab in February 2013. Featuring four new plays by four playwrights. Sean Pomposello (House Afire), Mariah MacCarthy (Lysistrata Rape Play), Gwydion Suilebhan (The Butcher), and Stephen Spotswood (Skin And The November Sky) were the featured playwrights. Lysistrata Rape Play and The Butcher continued on to MicroFest, which developed both plays even further through a series of staged performances.
In late 2013, The Theatre Project began establishing a new concept. Together with a group of performers, discussions began to create an ensemble flagship with the features of a contemporary startup. Through these discussions, mostly held in coffee shops, TP&co was born. Using the summer to truly develop the ensemble, TP&co presented their first production, in September 2014 the company premiered an original musical interpretation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. The production performed to sold out performances and TP&co was reviewed as an "Exciting and Innovative new company!"
2014 welcomed The Theatre Project's 4th year Off-Broadway. Working with Daniel Franzese of Mean Girls acclaim, The Theatre Project co-created I've Never Really Made Enough Money to Become a Mess, a comedic evening of story-telling that explored Franzese's experiences navigating Hollywood and the ups and downs of creating art. The focus for the year has been furthering the growth of TP&co, and establishing the ensemble as a reputable developer of inventive classics. In February 2014, TP&co staged a sold out run of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, "The troupe is willing to take innovative risks." Upon the success of TP&co, the ensemble produced a revival of Peter Weiss' Marat/Sade in May and a contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth in October of 2014. Over the course of the year, The Theatre Project and TP&co had the opportunity to expose over 3000 students (Many for the first time) to theatre and the traditions of William Shakespeare, while celebrating the magic of Off-Broadway with over 15,000 patrons!
2015 marks the start of our 5th year Off-Broadway. Together with TP&co, The Theatre Project will launch it's first flagship series, Shakespeare Off-Broadway. Shakespeare Off-Broadway is TP&co's commitment to continuously offer great, affordable productions of William Shakespeare's classic plays in an ongoing format. Not only will we present singular productions, we will also feature Shakespeare in rep as well as originally devised work based on Shakespeare's other writings. As we make our way through his cannon, it is thrilling to know that The Bard will become a mainstay Off-Broadway. More importantly, our work will extend beyond the Off-Broadway stage and into classrooms and schools in order to appropriately expose students to the magic of live theatre. It is TP&co's goal to influence students through the educational impact of theatre and Shakespeare's plays. 2015 promises to be an exciting year and we look forward to taking the journey, but we're more excited for you to be a part of it!