Monday, May 9, 2011

Active Theatre Announces Play for Summer Development Series

The Active Theatre Company is pleased to announce that Dan Moyer's play Last of the Texas Dollies has been chosen for the 2011 Summer Play Development series. Auditions will be held in late May, while the final read is scheduled for the week of September 19th. Moyer is a New York based playwright and screenwriter. His play tells the story of two brothers who put their relationship on the table in the riskiest gamble of their lives.... for more information, email

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Molly Sorohan Joins Cast of Mary Poppins

Active Theatre Member Molly Sorohan left NYC in a whirlwind last week to join the cast of the national tour of Mary Poppins. She will be an ensemble member covering two character parts.
This is Sorohan's second time on the road in the company of a national tour. Last year she completed the tour of 101 Dalmatians with fellow Active member Jose Luaces.
The Mary Poppins tour plays the west coast this summer, with stints in Sacramento, Seattle, San Diego and Portland before coming back east to play Chicago and Toronto later this year. For a complete touring schedule, check out the website here.
Sorohan is thrilled to join the cast, but will miss her Active peeps!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Active Theatre Artistic Director Returns to Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company

This summer Active Artistic Director Nathaniel Shaw will return to Mount Washington Valley Theatre Company to direct Damn Yankees, Hairspray and A Chorus Line. This is Shaw's second season with the company. Last season his production of Hair was nominated for 13 New Hampshire Theatre Association awards, with Shaw himself garnering nominations for Best Director and Best Choreographer. Active looks forward to news of Shaw's continued success and congratulates him on his upcoming nuptials...

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sarah Shahinian Plays Eponine in Cleveland

Active Company member Sarah Shahinian went on for Eponine this week in the Les Miserables 25th Anniversary tour.  She understudies Eponine as a member of the ensemble.  She is also featured as Young Whore.  For those Cleveland-area fans who missed it, Sarah will go on tonight and both shows on Sunday, too.Way to go, Sarah!
The Les Miz tour plays Cleveland through the 17th of April, then moves on to Dayton, OH, Denver, CO, and Fayetteville, AR.  For a full tour schedule, check out

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Chance to See Active Company Member Jason Emanuel... in a Dress.

When the curtain goes up on The Family Shakespeare tonight at the June Havoc Theatre, Active's own Jason Emanuel hits the boards as a 17th century aristocrat, donning a wig, pantaloons, and occasionally, a dress-- er, a nightshirt.  This historical drama is based on the true story of the Bowdler family, who were responsible for publishing the Complete Censored Works of Shakespeare.  The play questions censorship and examines the  nature of innocence, featuring some fabulous actors along the way.  We're so proud to have one of our own in the cast! The show runs tonight through April 30th at the June Havoc Theatre at 312 W. 36th St. 

Monday, April 4, 2011

This Monday, See Any Given Monday

If your afternoon plans have been thwarted by rainy, though warm, weather, join the Active Theatre Company at 2:00 at New World Stages for a staged reading of Any Given Monday. This reading features a star-studded cast, including Anna Chlumsky (My Girl, My Girl 2), Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll and Hyde), Laila Robins (Heartbreak House, Frozen), and three-time Barrymore Award winner Pete Pryor. For more information, check out our shout out on Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Eric Percival Stands Out in Schreiber Studio's Changing Room

Active Theater Company members know Eric Percival for his astute observations during weekly company scene study class.  He is a dedicated crafstman, drawing on his impeccable training to communicate exactly what each scene needs to take it to the next level. He is a valued company member and remarkable actor.
It turns out that Eric Percival is a NY critic's darling as well!  In The Changing Room at Terry Schreiber Studios, Percival has been deemed a standout in an ensemble of talented actors. declares that "Schreiber pitches the performances at just the right level, and he elicits strong work in a number of the roles. Eric Percival is cheerfully dense as Barry, the English version of a good ol' boy."  Prominent blogs have claimed that "In such a large cast, in a play without a real story, it is hard for actors to make themselves distinguishable, especially when all are in shorts and the same striped shirts, but Eric Percival makes Barry Copley his own."  Click on the link to read the full review. 
Unfortunately the production is entirely sold out for the duration of the run.  The Active Theater wishes a hearty congratulations to Percival and the rest of his excellent cast.  We're cheering him on every step of the way!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Need Something to do Tonight?

What are you doing this evening? Watching Idol? Hitting the gym? Lamenting the negligible state of live theatre in this country? Yearning for an uplifting expression of the human spirit? Well, don't get down, get Active! Come support company member Jose Luaces in R.Evolucion Latina's first Choreographer's Festival. This is your LAST CHANCE to see the sexy Luaces (most recently seen as a woman in the critically acclaimed Venus Flytrap) at the Manhattan Movement Arts Center at 248 W. 60th St. He is working with choreographer Luis Salgado (In the Heights) to create groundbreaking Latin dance. "If you loved Burn the Floor," says fellow company member Elizabeth Walsh, "you'll love this show."

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sarah Shahinian on the road with Les Mis 25th Anniversary

Sarah Shahinian continues to blaze a trail across marquees nationwide as she tours with the 25th anniversary tour of Broadway's Les Misérables. The company has been playing to sold-out houses for more than four months now and the momentum the show is building shows no sign of slowing. Shahinian tugs at the heart strings of audiences everywhere as she performs in the ensemble and covers the role of Eponine, the character known for singing the time-honored show-stopper, "On My Own." Shahinian's first tour performance as Eponine was in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13th, 2011. The tour will be coming to your city soon, so run, don't walk, to get your tickets now at Don't miss out on this amazing theatrical event!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Eric Percival wins Outstanding Supporting Actor Award!

Eric Percival was recently named Outstanding Supporting Actor in the 2010 Planet Connections Awards for his performance as Basil Hallward in The Picture of Dorian Gray, directed by fellow Active Theater member Glory Kadigan. His award-winning performance was acclaimed as "compelling and captivating" (The Happiest Medium), "especially moving" (Backstage), "simple and poised, completely believable" (Theatre is Easy), and "a remarkable performance" (Stage and Cinema). After following that up with a successful run as Horatio Alger in Theatre Askew's Horatio's Rise, he is now entering rehearsals for The Changing Room at the T. Schreiber Studio, named by Backstage as New York's Best Off-Off-Broadway Theater Company in 2009 and 2010. The play opens Feb 26 and runs through April 3.