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A Message from Bill Brochtrup

Artistic Director Bill Brochtrup

Wanna know my favorite thing about Antaeus Theatre Company? In addition to the timely and timeless work we put on the stage … it’s the community that we’ve created here. And that’s never been more important than in these unprecedented times.

So, I remember going to a birthday party for one of our members.  As I looked around the room I saw that the celebration literally included people in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.  And the thing is, everyone was there as peers, as colleagues, as friends and family, sharing a toast and a kind word.

I love that Antaeus is made up of artists, audience members, staff, and donors who all share a common love for great stories told in an intimate manner.  At any given time our space is filled with a wide variety of folks — it might be actors in our Academy mixing with an experienced stage veteran in the black box discussing Shakespeare’s rhetoric; a playwright from our Lab might be putting the finishing touches on a scene for a new classic; the staff setting up the library for one of our special donor events; or the talented cast of an upcoming show getting notes from their director in the dressing room, while the crew sets the stage for the evening’s performance. 

You know, when we were building our new home in Glendale my biggest fear was that it would sit empty… as it turns out Antaeus Theatre Company at the Kiki & David Gindler Performing Arts Center is jammed packed with people and activity from morning until very late at night, full of like-minded individuals who have joined together to create an artistic home here.  And although the building itself may be quiet for the next bit of time, the community that we’ve built is carrying on.  

Please stay safe and healthy during this time, and we’ll be back together again — in person — as soon as we can be — sharing stories, art, and good cheer once again.

Bill Brochtrup, Artistic Director

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