Hailed by Southern Voice magazine as “…by far the gutsiest theatre in the city,” Actor’s Express earns that compliment by presenting plays and musicals that are thought-provoking or “edgy” in one way or another. Recent seasons have included Kate Fodor’s 100 Saints You Should Know, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Good Boys and True, Tracy Letts’s Bug, Will Eno’s Thom Pain (Based on Nothing), and the cult-favorite musicals Grey Gardens and Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
The company seeks to provide a forum for original voices and new perspectives that reflect Atlanta’s diverse and evolving community. In addition to its mainstage productions – five to seven per season, including many world, regional, or city premieres – Actor’s Express offers intern training and outreach programs, as well as courses in Acting, Dramaturgy, Audition Technique, and other theatre disciplines. Thanks to its “In the Works” reading series, emerging playwrights are given the opportunity to rehearse and fine tune their creations in workshops involving some of Atlanta’s best actors and directors; final readings are open to the public and offer moderated dialogue between the writer and an audience. Corollary programming at the theatre includes talk-backs, panel discussions, film screenings, and guest lectures.
Actor’s Express Theatre Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (a 7-minute walk from bus 1 at 8th Street NW/Howell Mill Road NW and from bus 12 at 10th Street NW/Brady Avenue NW)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: 6 shows per season
- Ticket Prices: $25–$30. Students, Seniors, and groups of nine or more $16 ($22 on Saturdays). Preview tickets are just $11
- Subscriptions: The Open Run subscription is $115 and offers a range of performance choices, free readings, and five half-price ticket passes for friends and family. Subscribers can see a show a second time for free if they’re accompanied by full-price paying person
- Note: No late seating is permitted for any shows due to the intimacy of the space.