ACT Theatre is partially reviving the older tradition of actor ensembles by announcing a new core troupe of seven Seattle actors, each of whom will be performing in at least three ACT mainstage productions this year.

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Most U.S. regional theaters in recent decades have hired actors on a freelance basis rather than assembling ongoing companies of performers. The practice arguably allows theaters more financial and creative flexibility, but it also places even the finest actors in a catch-as-catch-can employment position.

Now ACT Theatre is partially reviving the older tradition of actor ensembles by announcing a new core troupe of thespians for its 2016 season.

In one of his first moves as incoming artistic director, director John Langs has chosen seven Seattle actors, each of whom will be perform in at least three of ACT’s six mainstage productions this year.

This multicultural aggregation includes writer-performer Keiko Green, ACT regular Kirsten Potter, Lorenzo Roberts, recent Cornish College grad Jasmine Jean Sim, longtime Seattle and Oregon Shakespeare Festival veteran G. Valmont Thomas, local leading man Connor Toms, and R. Hamilton Wright, who has co-starred in many shows at ACT and other local theaters over a three-decade career in Seattle.

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“I am excited to have such a talented group of artists representing ACT. It is the charge of great theater to push the art form forward,” said Langs, in a news release. “Through initiatives like the Core Company, ACT will provide local actors with a creative home, encouraging them to expand upon their craft and thrill audiences with their performances in our mainstage season.”