Full Circle Theatre Company is dedicated to using new media and the internet to increase not only the reach of a production, but the scope as well.
What does that mean?
It means something different for each project. It may be as simple as developing a character's Twitter account, or as in-depth as creating an ad campaign for a product or company invented for a play. In our educational programs, teachers may make themselves available via online forums, or highlights from each lesson may be posted on Facebook, etc.
Why the Internet? Isn't theatre's appeal the live performance?
We are absolutely committed to the live performance. Don't expect us to substitute webstreams for physical audiences (though don't rule out webstreams in addition). We feel, though, that the reason live performance is so vital is because it affects the audience more directly than the safety of a recorded performance. If our goal is to affect our audience, why would we limit ourselves to just the one means? Going online has become a fundamental part of our lives, and it affords us the chance to heighten our audience's experience either before or after they've left the theatre.
Also, with incredible media-sharing websites like Flickr and Tumblr, we're able to share our process with our audience quite readily. We value the process as highly as the product, and think the value of presenting recordings of rehearsals, photojournals, blogs, and so forth can further heighten what our audiences take away from a piece.
Full Circle is:
Kevin is a director and improviser. He had the pleasure of directing Full Circle's inaugural production of Paul Rudnick's Jeffrey as his first job after graduating from the New Actors Workshop with his FCTC partners. Recent directing credits include David and Lisa (Philadelphia), Unaccustomed to My Name (NYC), and The Winter's Tale (Philadelphia). Kevin was a talent consultant for New Century Television's American Actor, and currently acts as Theatre Curator for The Tank at the 45th St. Theatre (thetanknyc.org). Kevin teaches acting and improvisation at the New York Film Academy, and can be seen performing regularly with the National Comedy Theatre's New York team at their theatre in Midtown.
Brian Mulcahy is an actor and producer currently working in Digital Media Sales. Until recently, Brian was an Institutional Sales Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. He has produced Jeffrey, Dog From Hell, and Look at my Dream for Full Circle and more recently The Savior of Fenway and Corps Values for the New York International Fringe Festival. He worked on Universal Pictures’ “The Emperor’s Club” with Kevin Kline as well as producing the short film “The Assassination” for BC Productions. Brian studied alongside his Full Circle partners at the New Actors Workshop under the guidance of George Morrison, Mike Nichols, and Paul Sills. He has also studied under the direction of Charles Marowitz, and performed in numerous Shakespearian productions. He has been awarded Best Actor from both the Virginia Theatre Association and the South Eastern Theatre Conference.
Director of New Play Development
BRENDON BATES is a playwright, screenwriter, and producer. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from Allegheny College, and an M.A. in Performance from Antioch University and The New Actors Workshop, where he studied with George Morrison, Mike Nichols, and Paul Sills. His plays include The Savior of Fenway (NYC International Fringe Festival, 2003), Trent Galley’s Dying Wish (Full Circle Theatre Company, 2004), The Assassination (Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company, 2006), and Corps Values (New York International Fringe Festival, 2006). He received the Excellence in Playwriting Award at the 2003 NYC Fringe Festival. The Assassination was nominated for "Best Play" at the 2006 Theatre Festival in Black and White in Pittsburgh; and Corps Values was nominated for "Best Drama" by the Pittsburgh Council for the Arts. Savior of Fenway was published through Speert Publishing, Inc., and Corps Values appears in 2007 Plays and Playwrights (The New York Theatre Experience, Inc.). His monologues appear in Male Monologues of the New Millenium (Applause Books). Brendon's screenplays include The Hitchens, Special Privileges, Jimmy Mac, and the adaptation of Corps Values. He serves as the Associate Producer on "Drake: Case File 1129," a feature length film currently in production. The Hitchens is currently in development with three distribution deals already attached to it. Brendon is the Co-Founder of BC Productions, LLC. He has worked for William Ivey Long Studios, and is a former faculty member at The New Actors Workshop. Brendon is the "Resident Artist" at The Carroll School in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where he teaches middle school drama on a part-time basis.
Director of Artist Development
Geoffrey graduated from Penn State with an English education degree and then from New Actors Workshop with his fellow Full Circle partners. He has taught in southern Maryland, run a theater program at a summer camp in Pennsylvania, interned at NAW with founder and instructor, George Morrison, and performed in several regional theaters in PA, NJ, and NY. He has served in previous Full Circle performances as an assistant director and actor.