Tobin Center for the Performing Arts to Welcome AtticRep as Resident Theater Company
AtticRep, an eight-year-old professional theater company, will become the latest resident company at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, which opens September, 2014.
AtticRep will move its base of operations to The Tobin from Trinity University in San Antonio, and will present five productions in the 2014-15 season in The Tobin's Alvarez Family Studio Theater, which seats up to 230, depending on the stage configuration. Roberto Prestigiacomo is AtticRep's Producing Artistic Director and Rick Frederick is Managing Director.
Co-founded in 2005 by Prestigiacomo, with a commitment to top-quality productions of contemporary works that explore thought-provoking issues relevant to the community, AtticRep over its history has produced 22 critically-acclaimed full-length plays, four Forum Theatre Projects and three Sans Souci Festivals of Dance Cinema.
The company is also active in the development of the craft of theatre by bringing together visual artists, film-makers, dancers, actors and directors to explore contemporary and future alternatives to producing theater. The Rep has created a laboratory that develops the Forum Theatre Projects, performances and videos for the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Cinema and for Luminaria, San Antonio's annual festival of the arts.
AtticRep brings the number of resident performance companies at The Tobin to six, including the San Antonio Symphony, Ballet San Antonio, Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio and Opera San Antonio.
"We wanted an established local theater group with a relevant and topical body of work to add to our resident companies, and AtticRep fit the bill perfectly," said Tobin Center CEO Michael Fresher. "Roberto Prestigiacomo and Rick Frederick have led AtticRep to critical acclaim and built a strong audience with their very diversified approach to theater. AtticRep will be a great addition for the Tobin Center and we look forward to being a part of their continuing success story."
Prestigiacomo said, "San Antonio is a wellspring of creativity in the arts and we are privileged to be working with incredible artists and theatre makers for over eight years. It is exciting to continue to create the entertaining, thought-provoking and performance-driven theatre we are known for. We are grateful for the creation of this beautiful new facility and honored to take our place among the fine talent assembled here."
Frederick said, "Our first production in 2005 was an experiment spurred on by the Ford Foundation for Difficult Dialogues, with the goal of bringing people together by provoking dialogue. That conversation became a cry for more and we are proud to arrive at the steps of The Tobin with a repertoire of theatrical productions which audiences believe are worth talking about."
The Tobin Center is owned and operated by the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation and will open September 2014, featuring the 1,750-seat H-E-B Performance Hall, the 230-seat Alvarez Family Studio Theater and a 600-seat outdoor performance plaza at the River Walk entrance. The Tobin is a $205 million project, funded by Bexar County bond proceeds, a contribution of land and buildings from the City of San Antonio and by private donations.