USP is produced by The New Renaissance Theatre Company and is dedicated to exploring the works of William Shakespeare using the Unrehearsed Cue Script Technique in productions, classes, coaching and workshops. Here are some thoughts about what we do, why we do it, and on the world of Shakespeare past, present and future. Comments are welcomed and encouraged, but please keep them civilized.
Thank you for an amazing 2017! This past season was another
experience of growth and change for NRTC. We received our first grants as a
501(c)(3) organization. We became one of the inaugural members of Britsburgh’s
Performing Arts Society. The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Project added performances
and venues to its tour, playing in Beaver County for the first
time, and returning to Artscape for a third year in a row. We had our largest
cast to date and reached more audience members in a bigger geographical area
than it has in the past. We had a change in leadership as I took over the
position of Artistic Director from Elizabeth Ruelas, my fellow co-founder.
Those of you who follow us on social media may have noticed a change. That is
due to our company member Nick Benninger, our new Media
Manager. Nick will entertain and engage you in the digital world when
we are not performing in the real world, and keep you informed when we are.
This is the time in the season when most of the action is
happening back stage. The company is working hard setting up our 2018 season,
which will include USP’s 5th Annual Summer Tour! And to that end, we
are excited to announce that we will bring As you like It and The Life of Henry the Fift to parks in and around Pittsburgh and beyond in
July! We are still hammering out schedules and locations, so stay tuned.
We strive to create and offer opportunities for our company
members outside of the Pittsburgh area. Some theatres here bring
actors in from outside. We want this to work the other way. For example, for
the last 3 years, we have taken performances to Artscape in Baltimore, MD. 2018
will see our first project in this direction outside of USP’s tour. We will
partner with our friends in New York, Holla Holla Productions, on a staged
reading of Twelfth Night, directed by
Elizabeth Ruelas. Details will follow.
Another aspect of the company that we will be emphasizing is
our education program. NRTC offers workshops in the Unrehearsed Cue Script
Technique for schools, universities, students, professionals and people of all
ages. We will conduct a series of Pay-What-You-Will Workshops in neighborhoods
and communities in the areas we bring USP. These will be announced as they
arise, so keep your ears to the ground. If you’ve seen one of our unrehearsed
productions and wonder how we do it, if you’re curious about the technique or
the company, if you haven’t made it out to a show because you don’t know what
to expect or you’re just a fan of Shakespeare and want to see a different way
of interpreting his texts these workshops are for you. We would love to see you
At this time of year, I am thankful for the cast, crew and
company for a great season; the company and board members for all of their hard
work getting us to where we are today and pushing forward to where we will
be in the future; all of the people and organizations that have partnered with
NRTC; and to our fans, friends and followers who give us a reason and the
support to do what we love to do. The New Renaissance Theatre Company could not
have come this far, The Unrehearsed Shakespeare Project’s fifth anniversary (!)
without all of you. For your past, current and future support, you have my
sincerest gratitude. Thank you.
The New Renaissance Theatre Company