It began as a
small meeting of friends...
Our mission is to share the artistic, spiritual, and emotional passion uniquely inherent to theater and storytelling.
ARC is actor-inspired, -shaped and -driven: a collective molded by our mutual efforts and member input. We’re deeply committed to changing the way BIPOC members are cast, and practice gender and age inclusion in an attempt to move our mutual humanity forward, to listen to what is needed, and what is lacking. We challenge ourselves to change.
Our goal is to help support our members, many of whom have been severely impacted by the Covid-19
Pandemic with loss of jobs, funds, and health insurance, through this crisis and beyond. Through our streaming channel, we seek to reach a larger audience for our readings and to present some of it for local theaters and Arts organizations, thereby creating opportunity, and providing a space for collaboration and potential.
When the Pandemic began and theaters shuttered in the San Francisco Bay Area, closed all over the globe, artists worldwide lost in one stroke, their platforms, their stages. We lost our voices, identities and jobs overnight with no hope of potential stage work for an indeterminate amount of time. This group was born out of a reaction to that sudden silencing of our voices and our mutual need to tell stories, our mutual love of words, of Theatre and our need to gather and celebrate each other and the craft we love. It began as a small meeting of friends reading plays on Thursdays at Seven, and has since grown to many members boasting an impressive roster of new generation and well-known Bay Area actors committed to telling stories and to supporting our fellow professionals.
With no boards to tread, our solution was not to try to recreate theatre online, but rather to distill our readings down to the simplest and purest form of Theatre there is: the playwright's words. We challenged ourselves to tell a story with no rehearsal. We gave ourselves five days with a script—sometimes less—in an attempt to create a one-time, immediate and visceral experience. In the deft hands of the actors in our group these stories have blossomed to life for us and others in unexpected ways, and captivated us, experienced theatre professionals, with their beauty and simplicity.
Out of these Thursdays at Seven, was born the Actors' Reading Collective (ARC): our performance group created to present our readings to the public, with that same focus on the essence of the theatre: words spoken without frills or furbelows. Simply ARC—a company of actors, by actors, for actors.
With the size of our group we can perform any play written. With the range of actors we have, we can fill any role. We can perform plays not seen or heard in years because they’re too expensive or unwieldy and investigate again old works of note that theaters today no longer attempt.
Though we are primarily San Francisco Bay Area actors, we include members from all over the country. We charge no membership fees for our service and we voluntarily lend our free time and efforts to make this cooperative a working venture.
What became of our Thursdays at Seven reading group? Oh, we still meet. There we read plays we don’t know, read plays we know and love, and explore new Playwrights' works. We invite guests but don’t market these readings. These are for us.
ARC COLLECTIVE MEMBERS
Collective Members are helping steer the Collective by serving on one or more of the following committees:
BIPoC Affinity Group
Casting Equity Committee
Commitee on Committees
Grant Writing Committee
Inclusion Diversity Equity & Accessibility Committee
Marketing & Publicity Committee
Production & Tech Training
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Michele Apriña Leavy
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Mary E. Baird
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Michael Gene Sullivan
Michael Ray Wisely
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Livia Gomes Demarchi
Anne Yumi Kobori
Jennifer Le Blanc
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Michael J. Asberry
Gianna DiGregorio Rivera
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David Everett Moore
Alicia Piemme Nelson
Jenny Nguyen Nelson
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Martín Rojas Dietrich
Actors' Reading Collective sometimes collaborates with other theater companies to get our readings out to you.
OUR FISCAL SPONSOR
Musical Traditions is a hub for incubating multi-disciplinary arts projects from conception and production through performance, recording, and broadcast. We are dedicated to the creation of risk-taking and challenging performing artworks and to supporting the artists that conceive them in order to engender a more equitable, inclusive,
and creative community.
Born during the pandemic, but with an eye trained on the future, Remote Studios is a collective of playwrights, directors, composers, and actors, pioneering the boundaries of live performance. We’re committed to developing and reimagining great dramatic works and finding global audiences for them, while pioneering the art of “live global cinema.” Past and current partners include
the Playwrights Foundation and
the Actors' Reading Collective.