In 2010, Alexander Burns and a group of young artists set out to establish a classic repertory theater in Philadelphia. They chose the historic Sedgwick Theater located in the culturally and economically diverse Mt. Airy neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia. There, they built an ensemble of actors dedicated to reenvisioning the classics for present-day audiences while remaining true to each play’s epic scope and poetic text. QTG’s approach attracts both nationallyrecognized and local actors who find challenge and inspiration in our thoughtprovoking, innovative productions.
As we enter our ninth season, QTG has presented 39 professional, fully produced plays, including 14 productions in repertory. We have hosted 43 play readings and created a holiday tradition of family-friendly productions of classic theater. This past year, QTG added two “firsts.” In addition to our five Mainstage productions we added a new Family Series, two plays (Aesop’s Fables and The Prince and the Pauper) designed for families with children. We also presented our first musical, My Fair Lady.
QTG’s commitment to actor and text-driven plays and our use of seasoned actors alongside emerging actors has created a loyal ensemble that continually returns to work together. Our ensemble has not only embraced established local actors, but also brought a new group of talented actors to Philadelphia. Finally, QTG has become a home and training ground for a new generation of professional classical actors.
In 2018, we became Philadelphia’s 18th Actors’ Equity theatre as a Small Professional Theater. This formal commitment to professionalism is another major milestone in bringing and keeping talented actors and other theater professionals at Quintessence.