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A Noise Within s mission is to produce the great works of world drama in rotating repertory with a company of professional, classically trained actors. A Noise Within educates the public through comprehensive outreach efforts and conservatory training programs, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of history s greatest plays and playwrights. A Noise Within is the only company in Southern California working in the repertory tradition (rotating productions using a resident ensemble of professional, trained artists) and dedicated solely to producing classical literature from authors such as Shakespeare, Moliere, Ibsen, Miller, Inge, Shaw, Pirandello, Ionesco, Feydeau, Calderon de la Barca, Garcia Lorca and Euripedes.
The company was formed in 1991 by founders Geoff Elliott, Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Art Manke, each of them classically trained at the acclaimed American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Recognizing a lack of professional classical productions and education in Southern California, they formed A Noise Within to meet the need. The founders sought out and assembled their own company of actors, many celebrated and accomplished professionals, who represent thousands of notable credits. All of A Noise Within s Resident Artists have been classically trained and a majority hold Master s of Fine Arts degrees from some of the nation s most respected institutions, such as Juilliard, Yale, and the American Conservatory Theatre. In its fourteen-year history, A Noise Within has garnered over 500 awards and commendations including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle s revered Polly Warfield Award for Excellence and the coveted Margaret Hartford Award for Sustained Excellence. In 2004, A Noise Within was invited to collaborate with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for a tandem performance of A Midsummer Night s Dream at the Hollywood Bowl. More than 25,000 individuals attend a production at A Noise Within annually, with 13,000 young people participating in the company s arts education programming. A sound business operation, the company has remained free of debt each year since it was founded. Approximately thirty-seven percent of A Noise Within s annual budget is dedicated to educational programming.
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