Background

Our Mission

A Noise Within’s mission is to produce world-class performances of the great works of drama in rotating repertory with a resident company; to educate and inspire the public through programs that foster an understanding and appreciation of history’s great plays and playwrights; and to train the next generation of classical theatre artists.

Our Vision

A Noise Within performs and promotes classical theatre as an essential means for our community to confront the universal human experience, expand personal awareness and challenge individual perspectives.

A Noise Within was founded in 1992 by Geoff Elliott, Julia Rodriguez-Elliott, and Art Manke. Operating out of a former Masonic Temple in Glendale, they staged a production of “Hamlet” that was accessible and relevant at a time when classic theatre was not widely performed in Los Angeles. The twenty-year evolution from a small neighborhood theatre to the current capital campaign has been marked by constantly raising the bar on what great classical theatre can be. The move to a new, permanent home provides A Noise Within with expanded artistic possibilities, a greater scope of educational opportunities, and the capacity to meet demand and reach its full potential.

History

In October 2011, after a successful $13.5 million capital campaign, A Noise Within relocated to its permanent home in Pasadena at the former Stuart Pharmaceutical Building, a historic mid-century modern masterpiece designed by celebrated architect Edward Durell Stone. Constructed in the mid-1950s, the Stuart Pharmaceutical building was listed on the National Register in 1998 and features a striking landscape garden designed by Thomas Church.

The new theatre facility allows A Noise Within to fulfill its artistic vision, meet demand, grow its highly-regarded education programs, and expand its role as leader in the presentation and preservation of classical theatre.

Help us complete the finishing touches on our new Home for the Classics! Please contact Libby Dye, Development Director, for questions and available naming opportunities
626.356.3103 | Ldye@anoisewithin.org

A Noise Within’s rotating repertory model allows performing artists to hone their skills while building a strong community around their work. Directors, actors, designers, and theatre technicians who practice in this tradition collaborate intensively over many years rather than working short runs in continually changing venues. The tradition of true rotating repertory theatre simply means that several productions alternate performances every few days during a fall and spring season. Producing Artistic Directors Geoff Elliott and Julia Rodriguez-Elliott are committed to this model because it serves both the company and the audience.

When possible, actors and designers are given the opportunity to participate in more than one production per fall or spring season. This creates a kind of artistic muscularity due to the skills required to juggle completely different worlds, approach different time periods and styles, and work with different directors. In the end, the compressed time period and exposure to contrasting productions raises the stock of every actor and designer.

Likewise, true rotating repertory theatre gives audience members, over the course of one week, the opportunity to see three completely different classic plays. Different playwrights, time periods, directors, designers, and cast allow the audience to compare worlds, styles, and themes. They are also given the opportunity to witness the transformational artistry of A Noise Within’s resident acting company.

* Denotes a touring production