NEW ACTING COMPANY MAKES DEBUT IN NEW SEASON
The Public Theater of San Antonio Announces Launch of New Resident Company Comprised of Local Professional Actors
The Public Theater of San Antonio launches its resident acting company, a new initiative that will consist of local professional actors. Executive Artistic Director Claudia de Vasco states, “The purpose of the resident company is to secure and develop professional talent by offering them working contracts and access to training resources — essentially establishing a “home team” of professional actors by the San Antonio community.”
The new acting company is part of a larger artistic vision to transform the theater into a cultural institution that better reflects San Antonio’s demographics and communities. Compared to the other top ten largest cities in the nation, San Antonio has few professional theaters. De Vasco aims to change that with an artistic vision that sets the theater on a track aligning it with other professional, regional theaters in Texas and the country.
“We believe that by supporting local talent through this initiative, we will demonstrate The Public Theater’s commitment to local economic growth, prioritizing job creation for local San Antonians, investing resources in our talent, and retaining the wonderful creatives that originate from this culture-filled city,” states de Vasco.
Along with the new artistic vision, this opens a discussion on current training resources that are available to develop local talent as well as the number of professional contracts to retain actors in San Antonio. The Public Theater will craft the parameters of the program with input from an artistic advisory committee chaired by Board of Trustees member Jovanna Avila. The artistic advisory committee will be nominated by theater leadership and selected based on their experience. Experience includes contribution to San Antonio theater and a personal artist’s statement. Details concerning the selection process for the resident acting company itself will be presented at a premiere event in conjunction with the 2022–23 Season announcement. Company members will be announced prior to the start of the 2022-23 Season.