What do we do?

A Noise Within produces classic theatre as an essential means to enrich our community by embracing universal human experiences, expanding personal awareness, and challenging individual perspectives. Our company of resident and guest artists performing in rotating repertory immerses student and general audiences in timeless, epic stories in an intimate setting.

What are our ideals?

Our most successful art asks our community to question beliefs, focus on relationships, and develop self-awareness. Southern California audiences of all ages and backgrounds build community together while engaging with this most visceral and primal of storytelling techniques. ANW’s production of classic theatre includes all plays we believe will be part of our cultural legacy. We interpret these stories through the work of a professional resident company – a group of artists whose work is critical to their community – based on the belief that trust among artists and between artists and audience can only be built through an honest and continuing dialogue. Our plays will be performed in rotating repertory, sometimes simultaneously in multiple spaces, and buttressed by meaningful supporting programs to create a symphonic theatrical experience for artists and audience.

What will we fiercely defend?

    • Artistic excellence means serving the story with integrity
    • Classic theatre is an inclusive endeavor, engaging our broadest community by age, gender, ethnicity, physical ability – all people – with universal stories
    • Education means eliciting empathy with disparate viewpoints and deepening our students’ personal relationship with great literature
    • Our resident artist company builds trust that deepens their ability to interpret the work
  • A Noise Within's Vision for Community, Equity & Inclusion
    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.


    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 |

    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