Thursday, June 20, 2013

Raissa Dorff and Jason Emanuel in Planet Connections reading

Active Collaborators Raissa Dorff and Jason Emanuel are performing in a reading of OIL by Marco Calvani, as part of the Planet Connections Festivity, run by Active Collaborator Glory Kadigan.

“A provocative new play by one of the most interesting young playwrights in Italian theatre.” -La Nazione
Leo is an actor who lands the reality gig of a lifetime. Certain it will bring true public acclaim he stops at nothing to win. Is he ready for the demands and temptations of fame? Will he closet his love to fit a celebrity mold? A black comedy about man’s overwhelming greed and eternal conflict between reason and passion.
Venue: The Robert Moss (440 Lafayette Street) 3rd Floor

Schedule: Thursday 6/20/13 – 7:30pm
Tickets:  All Planet Connections readings are FREE. To reserve seats, please click here.
Genre: Play, Comedy
Raissa Dorff
D.C. Anderson
Jason Emanuel

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Active's Artistic Director stars in A CHORUS LINE!

The Fulton Theatre continues its 2012/2013 season with a newly refreshed production of A Chorus Line, directed and choreographed by the Fulton's Artistic Director, Marc Robin. The production is a departure from what audiences may already be familiar with-the original staging and choreography by the show's creator, Michael Bennett. Featuring brand new choreography, Robin envisions a fresh take on the production.

Nathaniel Shaw returns to the Fulton in the role of Zach (Fulton: Curly in Oklahoma; numerous regional credits; Artistic Director of The Active Theater).

Read the full article on!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Sarah Shahinian performs at the Oscars!

Active's Associate Artistic Director, Sarah Shahinian, performed alongside Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and more, with the movie cast of LES MISÉRABLES on stage at the 85th Annual Academy Awards this past Sunday, in a special tribute to movie musicals of the past decade!

The performance of "One Day More" included an ensemble of 24 alumni from previous stage productions of the hit musical, including The West End, Broadway, Hollywood Bowl, and movie ensemble. Sarah was an original cast member of the 25th Anniversary Tour.

Get some insider information about what the process was like here on!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Heather Lee Harper in BLOOD PRIVILEGE

Active's own Heather Lee Harper will be performing in the World Premiere of a new play called BLOOD PRIVILEGE!

The most powerful woman in Eastern Europe pursues beauty at any cost. But even the "Bloody Countess" can't stop the onslaught of the years and the social and political chaos that is enveloping the world around her.

Based on the true story of Elizabeth Bathory, who was accused of murdering over 600 women. Award-winning playwright Don Fried's dark and visceral new play makes its world premiere February 6 - 24.

Director: Andy McQuade
Cast: JB Alexander, Mark Binet, John D'Arcangelo, Heather Harper, Jessie Komitor, Andrew Rothkin, Rachel Tate,
Creative Team: Meghan Aul, Sarah Cogan, David Corsello, Colin McGurk, Taylor Reynolds, Eric Vitale, Sam Wilson.

 More info at

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Raissa Dorff's International Commercial!

Active's own Raissa Dorff is starring in an international commercial promoting a new apartment complex in Tel Aviv. Check it out here! Congratulations, Raissa!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Board Member Eric Goldman's Upcoming ACTIVities

Our board member, Eric Goldman, has a couple exciting things going on in the near future:

  1. He is providing production counsel services for the upcoming Broadway production of The Miss Firecracker Contest. So go out and support him!
  2. December 17th at 7pm he is part of a panel discussion on the state of the musical theater industry. Here's a synopsis in Eric's own words: 
Many, myself included, feel that the musical theatre industry is in crisis.  As budgets for Broadway musicals skyrocket, producers are increasingly presenting musical versions of existing properties such as films and television shows. Opportunities for new voices in the industry are few and far between.  TRU is hosting a panel which will discuss how to revitalize the musical theatre industry, and I am very excited to be a part of this discussion. The TRU panel will be presented December 17, 7:00 pm at the Players Theatre. See you all there!
Congratulations, Eric!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Jason Emanuel in Marvell Rep Productions' "God of Vengeance"

Active Collaborator, Jason Emanuel, will be performing in "God of Vengeance" with Marvell Rep Productions (2012 Drama Desk Award Nominee) until October 28, 2012!

By Sholem Asch, translated by Joseph C. Landis
Directed by Lenny Leibowitz
TBG Theatre, 3rd Floor
312 West 36th Street
GOD OF VENGEANCE is a towering drama that centers on a brothel owner who dreams of striking a deal with God to keep his only daughter pure. Unbeknownst to him, she has struck up a friendship with one of "his girls." The play features the world's first onstage lesbian kiss; at its Broadway premiere in 1923, the producer and the entire cast were thrown in jail on charges of indecency.

Tickets and performance info at:

*If you're 25 years old or under, use the discount code "JASON" to get 50% off tickets.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Active Staff Member, Rhyn McLemore, Stars in The Spitfire Grill

Rhyn McLemore is currently starring in "The Spitfire Grill" at Cape Fear Regional Theatre in North Carolina. The musical, with music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Fred Alley is based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff.

Check out this great article about the production and Rhyn!

*Image courtesy of Andrew Craft of the Fay Observer.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ben Bartolone, Active Company Manager, has BROADWAY DEBUT!

Ben Bartolone, Company Manager for The Active Theater, is onthe verge of his Broadway debut! The musical, for which he co-wrote the book, is called WEAKER PEOPLE: A DANGEROUS NOTION. The story focuses on bullying in our schools. ALL proceeds are going to OPERATION: RESPECT, an anti-bullying charity run by Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame. Channel 7 News came to the first rehearsal, and you can see some of the footage here:

Weaker People: A Dangerous Notion debuts on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, March 19th, 2012. The Reception is at 7PM with an 8PM curtain.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Sarah Shahinian's Solo Directing Debut!

Sarah Shahinian, our Associate Artistic Director, is about to start working on her first professional SOLO directing project: “RESPECT: A Musical Celebration of Women” at the Lyceum Theater in San Diego. Rehearsals begin March 19th, with the first performance on April 18th. Tickets are on sale through August, possibly longer! Sarah has done a lot of assistant directing, so this is a big step up for her, and she's loving every second of it so far. Being able to run auditions and treat actors the way she's always wanted to be treated. And she couldn't be more excited about her fabulous cast! Stay tuned for more updates about her directing adventures!