A Message from the Producing Artistic Director

Welcome to The New Acting Company!

The New Acting Company has spent the last eleven years creating dynamic and innovative curriculum for our very popular after school and adult evening program as well as in our critically acclaimed annual professional productions.  Our progressive theatrical curriculum is based on the Northwest Children’s Theater model of building the audiences of tomorrow by enriching the children of today.  Today we serve over 200 students a year and employ over 20 plus top-notch designers, choreographers, directors, actors, coaches and teaching artists. 

Last year over 1,500 patrons from all over the world saw our original take on the classic fairytale “Snow White”.  Here is what one critic had to say…“Stephen Michael Rondel has taken a very old and worn-out children’s fairytale, and given us a very intelligent production to savor.  He has outdone himself this time.  After having cranked out award-winning children’s theater for years, he has pushed the bar way into the rafters….Children’s theater simply does not get better than this”  Tim Lalumia, The Villager

The New Acting Company has consistently been recognized by The New York Times, Time-Out New York, New York One News-Parenting Report, New York Magazine, The Villager, The New York Post, Talkin’ Broadway, Big Apple Parent and New York Family, as an outstanding theater company and school producing top- quality family theater for all ages in the heart of Greenwich Village. 

All of our instructors, assistants and designers are highly trained theater professionals who bring considerable teaching, acting and production experience to each class.  By working closely with members of the industry, we provide our students with the truest sense of life in the theater.  In fact, one of our past students, trained exclusively from our acting school, went on to co-star in the Tony nominated Broadway production of Macbeth with Patrick Stewart.  Many of our past students have graduated from our program to attend Laguardia Arts and the Professional Performing Arts School, prestigious public high schools specializing in Music, Art and the Performing Arts.

Our classes are designed to grow with your child’s age and skill level.  For example, a student starts our program at age three with Storybook Theater, then progresses to Young Actors Workshop, Intermediate Acting, Theater Games and finally to Advanced Acting and Pre-Teen Showcase.  In addition, hundreds of adults have attended our Adult Acting Series and participated in our annual professional Off-Broadway productions.  Our adaptations of The Jungle Book, & Once Upon A Pandora’s Box, written by Monica Flory, have been published by Playscripts, Inc. - another confirmation we are producing new and vital dramatic works.  Celebrate our 12th season of classic plays and original adaptations of children’s literature for family and school audiences. Watch as our 2011-2012 season once again promises to entertain, educate and enrich.

Thank you to all of our returning members for supporting our program over the past eleven years and a sincere welcome to our new patrons.  The New Acting Company is proud to be a fun, safe and creative place for students of all ages to explore the world of acting.

All of our instructors, assistants and designers are highly trained theater professionals who bring considerable teaching, acting and production experience to each class. By working closely with members of the industry, we provide our students with the truest sense of life in the theater. In fact, one of our past students, trained exclusively from our acting school, went on to co-star in the Tony nominated Broadway production of Macbeth with Patrick Stewart. Many of our past students have graduated from our program to attend Laguardia Arts and the Professional Performing Arts School, prestigious public high schools specializing in Music, Art and the Performing Arts.

Our classes are designed to grow with your child’s age and skill level. For example, a student starts our program at age three with Storybook Theater, then progresses to Young Actors Workshop, Intermediate Acting, Theater Games and finally to Advanced Acting and Pre-Teen Showcase. In addition, hundreds of adults have attended our Adult Acting Series and participated in our annual professional Off-Broadway productions. Our adaptations of The Jungle Book, & Once Upon A Pandora’s Box, written by our Resident Playwright, Monica Flory, have been published by Playscripts, Inc. - another confirmation we are producing new and vital dramatic works. Celebrate our 11th season of classic plays and original adaptations of children’s literature for family and school audiences. Watch as our 2010-2011 season once again promises to entertain, educate and enrich.

Thank you to all of our returning members for supporting our program over the past ten years and a sincere welcome to our new patrons. The New Acting Company is proud to be a fun, safe and creative place for students of all ages to explore the world of acting.

Stephen Michael Rondel

Producing Artistic Director