Saturday, August 31, 2013

Who is "The Seeing Place"?

Hello - thanks for reading! We're excited to announce that we're celebrating our 5th Anniversary, so we thought we'd set aside a blog post to introduce our newer readers to the forces behind this blog - the folks of The Seeing Place Theater.


Our name "The Seeing Place" is the literal translation of the Greek word theatron . . .

". . . the place where we go to understand ourselves."

The Seeing Place is an actor-driven, non-profit theater ensemble known for its intense and intimate work. Now in our 5th Season, we are forcefully committed to honoring and crafting the actor's process (through rehearsal and into performance); bringing organic, "fully lived" storytelling to our community; and making theater accessible for all New Yorkers by keeping ticket prices low and affordable.


The Seeing Place is an actor-driven company: built by actors and managed by actors to be a base for actors who want to grow & hone their craft in a creative and supportive artistic home. 

By placing a keen focus on behavioral storytelling, The Seeing Place has become well-known for  compelling and visceral ensemble work. Productions are rehearsed in a structured, organic manner, involving heavy script analysis and improvisation. Emphasis is placed on elements of acting craft, allowing actors the freedom to discover the story with the audience on a nightly basis. There is very little action that is "blocked" or staged, and many audience members have commented that they feel like a fly-on-the-wall observer of a real event.

Through private funding and public fundraising events / campaigns, The Seeing Place ensemble members feverishly fundraise in advance of each production so that all ticket prices can be capped at a low $12 per ticket.

But don't take our word for it:

" If you like serious theater, this is the real deal..." 
- Cheryl Benton, The Three Tomatoes (LOOK BACK IN ANGER)

" This play can only be performed successfully with the type of chemistry that The Seeing Place demonstrates... This is the second production I have reviewed from The Seeing Place, and I haven’t seen a better indie theater value out there yet."
- Chris McKittrick, Daily Actor (THREE SISTERS)

"I hope that The Seeing Place Theater continues to push the boundaries of theater in the off off Broadway community by producing thought-provoking, smart, and well-acted theatre. Oh, and tickets are only $12. You really can’t beat that.”
- Zak Risinger, Theatre is Easy (LOVE SONG)


Click here to learn:

• What Critics & Audiences Are Saying
• Make a tax-deductible donation

2013 - 2014 ENSEMBLE

Producing Staff

Founding Artistic Director - Brandon Walker*
Founding Member & Managing Director - Erin Cronican*

The Ensemble

Hillery Baker, John D'Arcangelo, Stephen Dexter, Chris Dieman, Jim DiMunno, Elle Emerson, Michael Gnat*, Mark Gorham*, Charlotte Hampden*, Alexandra Hellquist, Justin Hoch, Logan Keeler, Jessica Kelly, Rose Lamoureux, Adam Levinthal*, Ivey Lowe, Nicole McLaughlin, Martine Moore, Brian Charles Rooney*, John Anthony Russo*, John Sarno, Frank Schiavone, Lila Smith*, Jamie Soltis, Stewart Steinberg*, Thia Stephan*, Joe Tuttle*, Maria Wolf.        * = Member Actors' Equity Association

For more information about our company, including shows, photos, reviews and donation information, visit

Thanks again for reading - please leave a comment and say hello so we can get to know you better!

-- Your friends at The Seeing Place


  1. Hey, welcome new members! I look forward to the next season. And HAPPY 5th ANNIVERSARY!! I'm so proud of this theater company. I look forward to meeting you all (and seeing the couple who I know already). Enjoy the journey. Your fan and alumni member, Mary Lahti

  2. Thanks, Mary! I'm looking forward to it, too. The readings and dramaturgy process have already been awesome. The fun is just beginning!


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