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Los Angeles TimesCircus Theatricals is now The New American Theatre!

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The New American Theatre
The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) is a nonprofit theatre company founded in 1983 by artistic director Jack Stehlin.

At the age of 28, Circus Theatricals announced our name change to The New American Theatre. The New American Theatre represents an evolution in our vision for the future of our theatre company, and the American theatre-at-large.

We are rededicating our exploration and support of new and challenging work in the American Theatre.

We are dedicated to the support and growth of all artists who participate in the collective imagination that is theatre.

With associate actors, directors, playwrights, designers, and administrators, we collaborate and perform in main stage productions, lab productions and workshops, as well as participate in weekly studios.

The New American Theatre (formerly Circus Theatricals) has enjoyed critical acclaim, awards and nominations from the Los Angeles Times, LA Drama Critics Circle, Back Stage West, LA Weekly, LA Stage Alliance Ovations, and Dramalogue. Click here to see the list of our past productions


The New American Theatre seeks to inspire, educate and nurture our community towards a thoughtful and humane world view through the art of story-telling.

In the process, it is our goal to support actors, directors, writers, and designers by supplying venue and leadership to their pursuits.

We also seek to provide a training ground for professional actors to improve and practice, and therefore help them create opportunity to get jobs in theatre, film and TV.


The New American Studio Ensemble is the resident acting company at The New American Theatre.


The New American Studio for ActorsThe New American Studio for Actors is our professional training program.



As a recent graduate of The Juilliard School, Jack Stehlin founded Circus Theatricals in New York in 1983. The company’s notable NYC productions include Shakespeare’s Macbeth Off-Broadway at the Classic Stage Company and Danton’s Death at the Rapp Arts Center. In 1995, Circus Theatricals moved to Los Angeles, where Jack met and partnered with Jeannine Wisnosky (who married two years later).In LA, Circus Theatricals was in residence at The Hudson Guild from 1995 - 1999, (with award-winning productions of The Job, Hedda Gabler) and the Odyssey Theatre from 1999 to December 2005 (with award-winning productions of Hamlet, Richard III, True West, Tartuffe, The Cherry Orchard).From 2006 – 2008,Circus Theatricals presented a string of critically-acclaimed world-premiere and classic productions in our studio theatre in the Wilshire district including John Bunzel’s Complexity, Chuck Rose’sSafeThe Heiress, and The Women. Productions of Shem Bitterman's Iraq War companion pieces Man.govand 2008 Pen USA Award winning play Harm's Way were presented both in LA and Off-Broadway.

For more information, please visit our PAST PRODUCTIONS PAGE


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