Contemporary American Theatre Company

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CATCO (formerly known as Contemporary American Theatre Company) is a regional professional theatre company in Columbus, Ohio. Operating under an Actors' Equity SPT 6+ contract, it produces a five- to six-show season that commonly runs from October through June and consists of contemporary, classic, and new works.

In January 1985, founding artistic director Geoffrey Nelson financed a production of Bill C. Davis's Mass Appeal at the YWCA under the company name Columbus Theatre Project.[1] In 1986, CATCO was incorporated as a non-profit and the company converted a warehouse on Park Street in the Short North to a theatre. The Park Street location remained CATCO's home until 1997 when CATCO became a resident theatre company in the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts in downtown Columbus.

CATCO produces a biennial Shorts Festival. The company chooses a common setting (recent settings include a gate at Port Columbus International Airport and a suite in the Great Southern Hotel) and accepts previously unproduced 10- to 15-minute plays. According to the company's 2006 call for submissions, "Playwrights who are Ohio residents or who have Ohio roots will be given preference, but any author may submit his/her work."

Key staff[edit]

  • Steven C. Anderson - Producing Director[2]
  • Geoffrey Nelson – Artistic Director Emeritus[2]
  • Joe Bishara – Associate Producing Director[2]

Notable productions[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Grossberg, Michael. "Dramatic Flair." The Columbus Dispatch. D1-2; Sunday, July 11, 2004
  2. ^ a b c CATCO. "Contemporary American Theatre Company Bios". Retrieved 2011-01-04.