Paste Magazine recently named the best theatre cities in the country, and to no surprise, included Atlanta on the list. Here’s what they had to say:
“Yes, new tax incentives from Georgia have made Atlanta the new place to shoot blockbuster superhero movies and zombie TV shows. This is good news for everyone in the Peach State who works in entertainment but it’s especially good for the dedicated actors who have made Atlanta their home and built a regional theatre scene to rival Boston’s. You’ve got the Alliance, Horizon, Aurora, True Colors Theatre Company (run by live TV musical/August Wilson maestro Kenny Leon), the Actor’s Express, and Atlanta Shakespeare Company. You also have Center for Puppetry Arts. Puppetry Arts!”
Oglethorpe University has long taken advantage of its proximity to world-class theatre and arts. In fact, Georgia Shakespeare called campus home for nearly 30 years. In 2015, Oglethorpe formed a partnership with the Tony Award-winning Alliance Theatre, which will stage two productions on campus in 2017, including the fall run of Shakespeare in Love. Among the professionals in the Shakespeare cast are three current Oglethorpe theatre students—Meredith Myers, Alex Oakley and Gillian Rabin. Former Georgia Shakespeare Artistic Director Richard Garner directs.
Listen, New York is pretty great. The Empire State Building: very tall. Times Square: so many screens. The Holland Tunnel: a great tunnel. But, at least when it comes to theatre, it sometimes feels that because the highest profile theatre is usually on Broadway, actors, directors, playwrights, and designers feel like New York is the only city where you can make a living as a theatre artist.