The Professional Training Company (formerly the Apprentice/Intern Company) is one of the cornerstones of Actors Theatre’s commitment to education. A diverse company of 42 young theatre professionals participate in a full-immersion program focused on practical, experiential training designed to ease the transition into a professional career. Use the sidebar to learn more about the Professional Training Company and its unique season of new work.
by Dominique Morisseau
directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Nya, a single mother teaching at an inner-city public school, wants what’s best for her teenage son, Omari—even if it means sending him to a private school far from their neighborhood. But when an explosive classroom incident threatens Omari’s future, Nya must reevaluate the choices she’s made as a parent and educator. In this lyrical and timely drama, acclaimed playwright Dominique Morisseau urgently calls attention to the limitations of our education system and the legacy of violence confronting black youth in America.
By Genevieve Simon
Directed by Emily Moler
A love letter to shitty summer jobs.
With nothing but time on their hands, nine lifeguards wrangle unruly swimmers and gossip about each other.
Debates about the merits of mushrooms, umbrellas, and John Mayer ensue.
Nostalgia butts up against bodily fluids.
Time starts to feel a little...funky.
And everyone tries to figure out who was behind The Bad Thing That Happened.
by Kara Lee Corthron, Emily Feldman and Matthew Paul Olmos
directed by Will Davis
performed by the actors of the 2018-2019 Professional Training Company
commissioned by Actors Theatre of Louisville
Consider the raw power of groupthink: hordes of collectors losing their minds over the latest consumer fad, hundreds of followers duped by a charismatic leader, and entire communities gripped by irrational panic. How do so many people come to share the same bizarre beliefs? How would we know if we are the ones who are deluded? Writing for the actors in this season’s Professional Training Company, three fearless playwrights dive into the absurd and sometimes hilarious world of collective delusion, and the alarming places it can lead.