Essential Theatre owes a lot to one very special mother: Martha Nell Hardy, the mother of our founder and artistic director, Peter Hardy. Though she passed away in 2005, she still has a tremendous presence. For those of you who never met Martha Nell, here are some of Peter’s reflections on her life and her influence on Peter and Essential: I was blessed to have remarkable people for my parents – Bill and Martha Nell Hardy. Two great people of theatre , winners of numerous awards and honors...Read more
Piano player needed for the play The Old Ship of Zion, premiering this summer at the West End Performing Arts Center from July 24-August 21 (14 performances in all). We need someone familiar with gospel and church music and available for 2-3 rehearsals a week (flexible scheduling) from June 22-July 23. $200 stipend. Please contact Peter Hardy if interested. To see more summer employment opportunities with Essential, click here.Read more
Festival Passes are now on sale! The performance schedule is still under development, but you can get your Festival Pass today to be sure you don’t miss out! Festival Passes are your best deal, offering significant savings over regularly priced tickets, so get yours today! Eight Ticket Pass: $140 Four Ticket Pass: $70 Two Ticket Pass: $35Read more
2015 Essential Play Festival Lineup downloadable press kit Essential Theatre continues its tradition of premiering the best new work by Georgia playwrights for Atlanta audiences with this summer’s Essential Theatre Play Festival, taking place July 24 through August 23 at the West End Performing Arts Center, located at 945 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard. The West End Performing Arts Center is an intimate venue nestled in the heart of historic West End, two blocks from I-20 and an easy wal...Read more
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