Contemporary American Theatre Company
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. 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."
- Steven C. Anderson - Producing Director
- Geoffrey Nelson – Artistic Director Emeritus
- Joe Bishara – Associate Producing Director
- The Last Smoker in America
- The Santaland Diaries
- The Exonerated
- The Pillowman
- "The Story of my Life"
- "Evil Dead: The Musical"
- "Forbidden Broadway's Greatest Hits: Volume One"
- "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"
- "Master Class"
- Contemporary American Theatre Company Official Website
- Grossberg, Michael. "Dramatic Flair." The Columbus Dispatch. D1-2; Sunday, July 11, 2004
- CATCO. "Contemporary American Theatre Company Bios". Retrieved 2011-01-04.
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