ABOUT

WHAT IS ATLANTIC?
Watch our video to learn more about the connection between Atlantic Theater Company and Atlantic Acting School. This video features interviews with School Executive Director Mary McCann and Atlantic Theater Company Artistic Director Neil Pepe.

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY
Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is an award-winning Off-Broadway theater dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully while utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic believes that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process. The plays in Atlantic’s repertory, from both new and established playwrights, are boldly interpreted by today’s finest theater artists and resonate with contemporary audiences. Atlantic has produced more than 150 plays including Tony Award-winning productions of The Band’s Visit (David Yazbek, Itamar Moses), now playing on Broadway; Spring Awakening (Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik) and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh); Pulitzer Prize recipient Between Riverside and Crazy (Stephen Adly Guirgis); New York Drama Critics’ Circle winner for Best New Play The Night Alive (Conor McPherson); New York Drama Critics’ Circle winner for Best Foreign Play Hangmen (Martin McDonagh); and Obie Award winner for Best New American Play Describe the Night (Rajiv Joseph); among many others! Atlantic has garnered 22 Tony Awards, 25 Obie Awards, 21 Lucille Lortel Awards, 11 Drama Desk Awards, 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 5 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards, 4 Theater World Awards, 4 Drama League Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

THE MISSION
The internationally acclaimed Atlantic Acting School has helped aspiring actors fulfill their dreams for more than 30 years. Founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, the Atlantic has the only conservatory program in the world that offers in-depth training in Mamet and Macy’s unique and influential approach to acting: Practical Aesthetics, the Atlantic Technique. The school’s mission is to ensure that each graduate masters the essential analytical and physical disciplines of acting and to empower every student with skills necessary for success in the profession.

THE TECHNIQUE
Simple, honest and straightforward, Practical Aesthetics is both an acting technique and a philosophy. The technique gives actors an empowering set of analytical and physical tools. The actor learns to analyze scenes for tangible, physically-playable objectives, and to use his or her imagination, voice, body and sense of play to bring the character and the story to life. The philosophy teaches self-reliance, professional work habits, and mutual support and respect between artists.

ACCREDITATION & AFFILIATIONS
The Atlantic Acting School is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Founded in 1965, NAST establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.

Atlantic is one of eight primary training studios in New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts BFA Drama program. For more information about Atlantic’s NYU Studio program, please click here.

We are also affiliated with Practical Aesthetics Australia (PAA), the official Sydney annex of Atlantic Acting School. PAA was established in 1998 by Atlantic Theater Company founding member Melissa Bruder and actor Andrea Moor.