We are proud to announce that Theater On The Edge, Inc. has officially been formed! Please read our story below...
by Marco DiGeorge
"The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over." - Hunter S. Thompson
I have always been enamored with the way acting is developed in Europe and Australia. In those regions, actors study just as hard on their craft as a doctor or lawyer would on theirs. They first conduct their basic studies in University, and then move on to a three or four year conservatory (which is focused deep-level training in an art), and finally they finish their training in a Repertory (or group) theater. In was in this style of theater that the actors could finally hone in on their craft and bring it into fruition.
These types of theater still exist in America, but they are not as prominent anymore. More common are community (or civic) theaters and professional theaters. But repertory theater is a need, as explains Sir Ian McKellen, "The danger’s going to be that the current generation of actors won’t develop into good middle-aged performers because they won’t have been able to live from their work [in repertory theater]."
In developing my other love, Truthful Acting Studios, it has been designed based on the European conservatories, offering a deep-level study into the art of acting that provides a theater-based work ethic and a full exploration into the craft of acting. As that program continued to develop, it was clear that we needed the final step of the process.
In March 2015, we held a showcase for Truthful Acting Studios, which consisted of twelve actors within six scenes. We conducted six shows in front of a public audience. My goal at the time was to see how far we could push the theatrical production of these shows. This was my litmus test for opening a theater company.
We received incredible reviews of the performances and we learned that we could, in-fact, conduct theater within the small 31-seat creative space that we have. This was the spark that created Theater on the Edge.
Soon after, I met with Allan Whitehead (who was one of the actors in the showcase), and he also expressed his passion for opening a theater company. My wife, Samantha, was also on board (which was critical since she is my creative spark), and the rest is history!
The goal of Theater on the Edge is to provide that repertory-style theater to our community, where the advanced actors from Truthful Acting Studios can continue to hone their craft by working for several months within a theater system (both on stage and off). The quality standards are set very high, and we will always be pushing ourselves to the edge... of Reality, Humanity, Imagination, and Creativity.
Welcome to Theater on the Edge!