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Within The Academy’s walls a trusted space has been created to explore original work and drive the standards of performing arts. By offering a safe haven for creativity, leading playwrights, directors and even students are inspired to bring their work to The Academy to develop, workshop and produce. Many of our students and alumni are included in the creation of these outstanding new works. The result is the birth of profound artistry, much of which goes on to accomplish great success and recognition.


Past Main Stage Live Participants

Derek Ahonen Derek Ahonen Playwright
Derek Ahonen is the creator and Resident Playwright of the award-winning Amoralists Theatre Company in NYC and he is a faculty member at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. Ahonen is the author of the following full-length plays: The Cheaters ClubThe Bad and the BetterPink Knees on Pale SkinHappy in the PoorhouseThe Pied Pipers of the Lower East SideAmerissiahPokin' the Bears in a ZooBring Us the Head of Your Daughter, and While Chasing the Fantastic. His plays are published by Indie Theatre Now and Playscripts, Inc. His work is regularly named to New York Theatre Top Ten lists, and he has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The New Yorker, Backstage and Time Out New York, amongst others. In 2012, he was named as a NYtheatre.com Person of The Year. His work, translated in several languages, is performed internationally.
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Sandy Martin Sandy Martin Director
Sandy Martin has appeared in more than 70 stage productions, including the critically acclaimed A House Not Meant to Stand, where she was nominated for multiple awards as Best Female Lead in a Play. Martin toured with The Second City, and was a founding company member of the WPA Theatre and the Perry Street Theatre. After moving to Los Angeles, she co-founded Hothouse Stage Company and began producing award-winning productions: The Killing of Sister George (Best Revival of the Year winner) and East/West Game. She then turned to directing in Line by Israel Horovitz, where Martin was honored with an award for Best Direction. As well as writing and developing prized screenplays, Martin is a regular on many television shows, including Playing House, Hand of God and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, as well as a guest star on CSI, The Closer, Shameless, and Desperate Housewives. She is best known for playing the grandmother on Napoleon Dynamite and will be returning to her role on Fox's animated series.
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Douglas Carter Beane Douglas Carter Beane Playwright and Screenwriter
Douglas Carter Beane is a five-time Tony award nominee who has had six shows open on Broadway in recent years. His plays include the world premiere of his autobiographical Shows for Days starring Patti LuPone, which ran at Lincoln Center Theatre and followed his acclaimed production of The Nance, which starred Nathan Lane and was nominated for five Tonys. His other works include the revised book for Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Xanadu, for which he won a Drama Desk Award, an Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for a Tony, Sister Act, Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, Lysistrata Jones, Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, The Little Dog Laughed, nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play, an Olivier Award and recipient of the GLAAD Media Award, and As Bees in Honey Drown, which received the Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award and the Drama Desk Best Play Nomination. He is also the screenwriter of the cult classic To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. Douglas, who graduated with The Academy class of 1980, has premiered two original works with The Academy Company, Fairycakes and Robin Hood.
 
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Production Stills from Previous Performances

Fairycakes

Fairycakes

New York Campus

Douglas Carter Beane directing Academy Company members in rehearsal for his debut production of Fairycakes.

Fairycakes

Fairycakes

New York Campus

A shot of the character Puck in Douglas Carter Beane’s Fairycakes.

On Prosperity

On Prosperity

New York Campus

Academy student Charly Clive’s debut of her original work, On Prosperity, directed by Company Director Jonathan Bolt.

On Prosperity

On Prosperity

New York Campus

Gareth Balai in a scene from On Prosperity.

Lady of Fadima

Lady of Fadima

Los Angeles Campus

Academy students perform a reading of Lady of Fadima, directed by Sandy Martin and written by Edward Allan Baker.

Happy in the Poorhouse

Happy in the Poorhouse

New York Campus

A performance of Happy in the Poorhouse, written and directed by Academy alum Derek Ahonen.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood

New York Campus

The finale scene of Robin Hood, written and directed by Douglas Carter Beane.

North of Providence

North of Providence

Los Angeles Campus

Academy alum Sandy Martin directing students in a special reading of Edward Allan Baker’s North of Providence.

Robin Hood

Robin Hood

New York Campus

Academy Company member David English in Douglas Carter Beane’s original musical adaptation of Robin Hood, developed with students and alumni at The Academy.

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Previous Performances


cul-de-sac October 5-8, 2016 New York Campus

In cul-de-sac you'll meet the Smiths, the Johnsons and the Joneses. They live in a nice little cul-de-sac in a nice little suburb in a nice little state in a nice big country. And they’re happy. Or—trying to be. The lengths to which they go to be--or seem or feel--happy are hilarious and heartbreaking. cul-de-sac is a not-quite-for-families family comedy that examines the American dream—and the nightmare it can become.


Industry Professionals:
Adam Fitzgerald
Directed by
Adam Fitzgerald
John Cariani
By
John Cariani

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

October 5, 2016
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
October 6, 2016
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
October 7, 2016
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
October 8, 2016
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
  Location

New York Campus
120 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016


The Shotgun Message May 11-14, 2016 New York Campus

In The Shotgun Message, journalist Kent MacDonald is no saint and certainly no savior. At least he never meant to be until 17-year-old Jared — the primary source of his article on teenage camwhores — winds up missing after turning in his pedophile clients to the FBI. In a lurid world of online sex, naïve parents, and kids who know too much, it’s up to Kent to find Jared, bring him home, and save both their souls in the process. The Shotgun Message was developed by Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, IL by Chay Yew, Artistic Director, as part of Ignition 2012.

The Shotgun Message will feature performances by Academy alumni Hugh Buller (Class of 2012), Connor Delves (Class of 2016), Marie Dinolan (Class of 2016), Alexander Hodge (Class of 2016), Emmy Tanzy ( Class of 2015) and Melody Vargas (Class of 2010).


Industry Professionals:
Adam Fitzgerald
Directed by
Adam Fitzgerald
A. Rey Pamatmat
Written by
A. Rey Pamatmat

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

May 11, 2016
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
May 12, 2016
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
May 13, 2016
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
May 14, 2016
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
  Location

New York Campus
120 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016


Robin Hood April 2-7, 2015 New York Campus

The Academy invites our alumni home to reconnect before a special Company performance of Robin Hood, the new musical written and directed by Academy alumnus, Douglas Carter Beane. Please join us before the performance on opening night for an alumni reception.
 


Industry Professionals:
Douglas Carter Beane
Written and Directed by
Douglas Carter Beane
Lewis Flinn
Music and Lyrics by
Lewis Flinn

Reservations

  Performance Times
Performances are free. Click on time to RSVP.

February 2, 2015
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
February 3, 2015
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
February 4, 2015
2:00PM - SOLD OUT 7:00PM - SOLD OUT
February 5, 2015
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
February 6, 2015
2:00PM - SOLD OUT 7:00PM - SOLD OUT
February 7, 2015
7:00PM - SOLD OUT
  Location

New York Campus
120 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

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