The Actors' Gang
|The Actors' Gang|
|Location||Culver City, California|
|Artistic director(s)||Tim Robbins|
The Actors' Gang is an experimental theatre and non-profit group based at the Ivy Substation in Culver City, California. It was founded in 1981 by a group of actors, including Tim Robbins, now a member of the board and Artistic Director of the troupe. The group states its mission is "to create bold, original works for the stage and daring reinterpretations of the classics".
In the last 31 years, The Actors' Gang has produced over 100 plays in Los Angeles, in forty US states, and on five continents. The company was founded in 1981 by a group of young artists looking to build a theatre that would present relevant and vibrantly entertaining plays. Guided by Founding Artistic Director, Tim Robbins, the company provides a supportive environment for a diverse ensemble of artists and the development of their groundbreaking work.
The Actors' Gang has presented the work of innovative theater artists including Georges Bigot, Simon Abkarian, Charles Mee, David Schweizer, Bill Rauch and the Cornerstone Theatre Company, Tracy Young, Roger Guenver Smith, Eric Bogosian, Oskar Eustis, Danny Hoch, Beth Milles, Brian Kulick, Stefan Haves, Namaste Theater Company, Culture Clash, Jason Reed, Michael Schlitt, and Tenacious D.
The Actors' Gang ensemble has included accomplished actors such as Jack Black, John Cusack, John C. Reilly, Helen Hunt, Kate Walsh, Fisher Stevens, Jeremy Piven, Ebbe Roe Smith, Jon Favreau, Brent Hinkley, Kate Mulligan, Lee Arenberg, Kyle Gass and Tim Robbins.
Guest artists that have appeared on The Actors' Gang stage include: Jackson Browne, Sarah Silverman, Ben Gibbard, John Doe, Tom Morello, Jenny Lewis, Wayne Kramer, Paul Provenza, Zooey Deschanel, Serj Tankian, David Crosby, Felicity Huffman, Jill Sobule, William H. Macy, Phillip Baker Hall, Jeanne Tripplehorn, T.C. Boyle. and the late Gore Vidal.
The Actors Gang has a number of outreach programs that run throughout the year. They work directly with youth struggling in politically and economically disenfranchised communities to develop social skills, self-esteem, wellness, peer support, non-violent expression of anger and tension through teaching their unique style of acting.
Every year the Actors Gang conducts at least three 8-week workshops in California prisons. Their stated goal is to "unlock human potential in the interest of effective rehabilitation." It is one of the few remaining arts programs inside California's correctional system.
The Gang's latest production is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, adapted and performed by Brian T. Finney and directed by Keythe Farley.
Recent touring productions include George Orwells 1984, Tartuffe, Embedded, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, The Guys and The Exonerated. Over the last twelve years these productions have toured the U.S. in forty states and across the world from London to Athens, Madrid, Barcelona, Bogot, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Buenos Aires.
Actor training courses are held at the theater several times a year in 8-week periods.
The Style is a unique form of acting developed at the Actors Gang over its many year history. It includes elements of commedia del arte, mask work, viewpoints, and focuses on developing emotional states. Every show at the Actors Gang utilizes the Style in varying degrees of subtlety.