NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ETC YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL 2019
(Santa Barbara, CA) – Any investor knows that a robust future grows from seeds planted today. The lesson isn’t lost on Ensemble Theatre Company, whose YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS’ FESTIVAL will offer professional playwriting classes, one-on-one mentorships with professional playwrights and stage readings with professional directors and actors.
The program takes inspiration from Stephen Sondheim’s Young Playwrights’ Inc., in working to encourage the creative self-expression of young artists. The effort is a true exercise in community engagement, education and development with participation in the festival being offered to Santa Barbara Unified High School students at no cost.
It’s an alliance that yields rewards for all involved: “What I love about creating theater with young people is that I learn as much from them as they do from me.” says instructor Michael Bernard. “Their passion and enthusiasm for self-expression is infectious. Some of the most exciting and unusual plays I have ever seen have sprung from the mind of a teenager.” In May, 12 of the students’ 10-minute plays will be presented to the public free of charge; an unparalleled bargain in professional theatre that offers dividends to all involved even as it asks only the support of participation.
“Stitch-in-your-side funny!” –The New York Times
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY
Presents the Second Show of its 40th Anniversary Season!
THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE
Written by Matthew Lopez
Directed by Jenny Sullivan
Choreography by Jamie Torcellini
Her Holiday Makeover Begins Thursday, December 6
at The New Vic in Santa Barbara!
November 9, 2018…Santa Barbara, CA…Elvis has indeed left the building! ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY (ETC) is thrilled to announce the second show of its 40th Anniversary Season, THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, written by Matthew Lopez, directed by Jenny Sullivan with choreography by Jamie Torcellini. THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE begins previews on Thursday, December 6, opens on Saturday, December 8, and runs through Sunday, December 23, 2018 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.
In a run-down bar in the Florida Panhandle, Casey’s career as an Elvis impersonator is not going well. With his young wife now pregnant, his luck changes when he meets an aging drag queen. THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE is an uplifting music and dance-filled comedy for the holidays. (Please note: the play contains adult language.)
“We are just thrilled to spend the holidays with this hilarious and touching new show that has been wowing audiences from coast to coast,” said ETC Artistic Director Jonathan Fox. It’s a funny, moving and uplifting story for the season that I know our subscribers and audiences are going to adore.”
Ensemble Theatre Company Presents the First Show of its 40th Anniversary Season!
THE SCHOOL FOR LIES
Written by David Ives
Directed by Jonathan Fox
The Hilarity Begins Thursday, October 4
at The New Vic in Santa Barbara!
September 11, 2018…Santa Barbara, CA…ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce the first show of its 40th Anniversary 2018-2019 Season, the deliciously hilarious THE SCHOOL FOR LIES, written by David Ives (the playwright of ETC’s wildly popular 2013 production of The Liar) and directed by Jonathan Fox. THE SCHOOL FOR LIES begins previews on Thursday, October 4, opens on Saturday, October 6, and runs through Sunday, October 21, 2018 at The New Vic, 33 W. Victoria Street in Santa Barbara.
wheeling adaptation in rhyming verse of Molière’s classic comedy The Misanthrope, from the author who wrote The Liar, Venus in Fur, and All in the Timing. It’s 1666, and Frank, a caustic and crabby guy who despises social niceties, falls for Celimene, a beautiful young widow and dazzling social butterfly.
ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY ANNOUNCES ITS 40th ANNIVERSARY SEASON OF SHOWS!
THE SCHOOL FOR LIES, THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED & DANCING LESSONS
September 6, 2018…Santa Barbara, Calif.…ENSEMBLE THEATRE COMPANY is thrilled to announce its 40th Anniversary 2018-2019 season of shows as it offers a stunning selection of extraordinary experiences for its subscribers and audiences. ETC opens this historic season with a hilarious new play, THE SCHOOL FOR LIES by David Ives, based on Molière’s The Misanthrope (Mr. Ives was also the playwright of ETC’s wildly popular 2013 production of The Liar). Next, just in time for the holidays, expect the unexpected with the sweet, funny, and rocking new play THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE, about an Elvis impersonator who inadvertently becomes a drag star. To honor its past, ETC’s founding artistic director, Joseph Hanreddy, will return to direct a stunning new look at Arthur Miller’s classic, DEATH OF A SALESMAN. Spring 2019 will bring a stage adaptation of the beloved novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, EVERYTHING IS ILLUMINATED. Finally, to close this anniversary season, fall in love with the beautiful and touching DANCING LESSONS, a story of two isolated and anti-social New Yorkers who teach each other there’s more to life than dancing.
Award-winning Actor, Director and Educator Brian McDonald Joins Ensemble Theatre Company as Director of Education and Outreach
June 26, 2018–Santa Barbara, CA – Ensemble Theatre Company (ETC) at the New Vic, Santa Barbara’s leading professional, resident theater company, is proud to welcome new Director of Education and Outreach, Brian McDonald, to its expanding staff of theater professionals. Mr. McDonald brings his impressive resume of screen, stage, and teaching experience to the helm of ETC’s Young Actors Conservatory, which offers advanced performance training for ages 14–18 under the direction of professional theatre artists. This year’s program will also feature intimate seminars with acclaimed actors, including five-time Emmy Award nominee Meredith Baxter (“Family,” “Family Ties,” ETC’s City of Conversation), Emmy Award and Ovation Awards winner Joe Spano (“Hill Street Blues,” “NCIS”), Tony nominated, and Emmy Award and Golden Globe winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner (“Sister Act The Musical”, “Cheers”, “Teacher’s Pet”).