A Message from the Executive Director

Welcome to The New Acting Company!

Stephen Michael Rondel
Photo by Jeff Cate
The New Acting Company has spent the last twelve years creating dynamic and innovative curriculum for our very popular after school and adult evening program as well as in our critically acclaimed annual professional productions. Our progressive theatrical curriculum is based on the Northwest Children's Theater model of building the audiences of tomorrow by enriching the children of today. Today we serve over 200 students a year and employ top-notch designers, choreographers, directors, actors, coaches and teaching artists.

Last year over 1,500 patrons from all over the world saw our original take on the classic fairytale "Jack and the Beanstalk". Here is what one critic had to say..."The always hilariously inventive direction of Stephen Michael Rondel led this tight knit company in another stellar theater experience by stretching the boundaries of the stage and leading the audience on a riotous adventure." Tim Lalumia, The Villager

The New Acting Company has consistently been recognized by The New York Times, Time-Out New York, New York One News-Parenting Report, New York Magazine, The Villager, The New York Post, Talkin' Broadway, Big Apple Parent and New York Family, as an outstanding theater company and school producing top- quality family theater for all ages in the heart of Greenwich Village.

All of our instructors, assistants and designers are highly trained theater professionals who bring considerable teaching, acting and production experience to each class. By working closely with members of the industry, we provide our students with the truest sense of life in the theater. In fact, one of our past students, trained exclusively from our acting school, went on to co-star in the Tony nominated Broadway production of Macbeth with Patrick Stewart. Many of our past students have graduated from our program to attend Laguardia Arts and the Professional Performing Arts School, prestigious public high schools specializing in Music, Art and the Performing Arts.

Our classes are designed to grow with your child's age and skill level. For example, a student starts our program at age three with Storybook Theater, then progresses to Young Actors Workshop, Intermediate Acting, Theater Games and finally to Advanced Acting and Pre-Teen Showcase. In addition, hundreds of adults have attended our Adult Acting Series and participated in our annual pmrofessional Off-Broadway productions. Our adaptations of The Jungle Book, & Once Upon A Pandora's Box, written by Monica Flory, have been published by Playscripts, Inc. - another confirmation we are producing new and vital dramatic works. Celebrate our 12th season of classic plays and original adaptations of children's literature for family and school audiences. Watch as the 2012-2013 season once again promises to entertain, educate and enrich.

Thank you to all of our returning members for supporting our program over the past twelve years and a sincere welcome to our new patrons. The New Acting Company is proud to be a fun, safe and creative place for students of all ages to explore the world of acting.

Stephen Michael Rondel
Executive Director



The New Acting Company Mission Statement


Created and founded in 2000 by Executive Director, Stephen Michael Rondel, the New Acting Company's mission is to use the energy of live performance (both onstage and in class) which offers students growth in areas of responsibility, trust, friendship, teamwork, and self-esteem.

We pride ourselves in offering the community the opportunity to study, rehearse and perform challenging texts in a professional theater environment.

Our annual professional productions feature classic plays, fairytales and original adaptations of children's literature guaranteed to engage the adults in the audience as thoroughly as the children.

Most important of all, The New Acting Company strives to be a fun, safe and creative place for children, teens and adults to express themselves. We pride ourselves in bringing top-quality family theater to the heart of the New York community.

The New Acting Company is Children's Theater Redefined.