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Dan Shoemaker.  Learn what it takes to transform a dream of establishing a new theatre company into a reality. Dan Shoemaker did just that when he founded the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (ATC).

Today the Actor’s Theater is in its 24th year as a professional theatre company.  As Executive Director, he guides the company in its mission of broadening appreciation for contemporary theatre in the Charlotte, North Carolina region. 

Sun 9/28/14 3pm Conversation: “Building A Theatre Company From Inception to Success” Skeen Theatre, Cole Complex

 Dan Shoemaker will lead a seminar on building a viable theatre company.  All performances, workshops and master classes are free and open to the public. 
      The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is currently the only year-round professional theatre company in Charlotte, North Carolina. Upon formation as a professional theatre in 1989, ATC produced Holy Ghosts by North Carolina native Romulus Linney at the Afro-American Cultural Center in Charlotte, NC. The company began with one full-time employee and one part-time employee. The following year, Actor’s Theatre began producing at the newly renovated Spirit Square complex in the 70-seat Acting Studio.
      Following four successful years in the Acting Studio, Actor’s Theatre was named a Resident Company of Spirit Square. By 1999, Actor’s Theatre moved in to the 195-seat Duke Energy Theatre and added another part-time employee, totaling two full-time employees and one part-time employee.
      The company continued producing in Spirit Square until 2004, it's home at 650 East Stonewall Street was completed, which houses a 199-seat main stage theatre and administrative and production offices.
      Actor’s Theatre has received numerous awards and accolades over its 24-year history. ATC has been the recipient of “Theatre of the Year” honors from Charlotte's Creative Loafing Magazine nine of the last eleven years, as well as three-time recipients of “Theatre Company of the Year” honors from the Metrolina Theatre Association. ATC also received two George A. Parides Professional Theatre Awards from the North Carolina Theatre Conference, and the 2013 "Best Performing Arts Company" from Charlotte Magazine's BOB Awards. These honors have cemented Actor’s Theatre’s place as the region’s most award-winning theatre company.
      The ATC is proud to be members of the National New Play Network, Theatre Communications Group (the service organization of the American Professional Theatre), the North Carolina Theatre Conference, the Metrolina Theatre Association, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Association, and Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

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