Middlebury Actors Workshop began in the spring of 2001 when a small group of experienced actors got together to conduct an experiment in a communally run theater company. Two summer seasons consisting of six ten-minute plays each were performed in Middlebury to great acclaim. These early productions were produced at the A.R.T. black box theater at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center, and at the old un-renovated Town Hall Theater building. Founding members included Melissa Lourie, Steve Small, Harry McEnerny, Jeanne Rogow, Shannon Bohler and Stephen O'Dwyer.
In 2003 Lourie became Artistic Director and the company added new members Karen Lefkoe & Cyrus Moore. Since then, many of Vermont's finest actors have participated in M.A.W. productions.
In 2008, Middlebury Actors Workshop became a resident company of the newly restored Town Hall Theater, inaugurating the new space with an original adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac by company member Mike Kiernan.
In 2009, M.A.W. began producing two shows per year.
In 2017 we inaugurated The Cutting Edge Staged Play Reading Series, curated and directed by Rebecca Strum. The Cutting Edge Series offers three contemporary, relevant, intelligent staged readings featuring top Vermont actors, followed by lively talk-backs each year, and has proven to be very popular with our audiences.
In 2020 we changed our name to Middlebury Acting Company. We currently produce 3 full productions each season.
Chronology of Plays
2023 Small Mouth Sounds
2023 Robert Frost: This Verse Business
2023 A Christmas Carol
2022 The Niceties
2021 Outside Mullingar
2021 A Christmas Carol
2019 Ada and the Engine
2019 Every Brilliant Thing
2019 Much Ado About Nothing...*at dinner
2018 The Christians
2018 The Turn of The Screw
2017 American Radical
2017 The Metromaniacs
2016 It's A Wonderful Life: A Radio Play
2015 Greater Tuna
2015 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-In-The-Moon Marigolds
2014 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
2014 Summer Shorts
2013 Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
2013 God of Carnage
2012 Richard III
2012 Circle Mirror Transformation
2011 Of Mice and Men
2011 Body Awareness
2010 Shirley Valentine
2010 The Fox
2010 Streaks of Theatrical Lightning II
2009 On The Verge, or The Geography of Yearning
2007 Beyond Therapy
2006 Krapp's Last Tape
2005 Lone Star & Laundry and Bourbon
2004 Dinner With Friends
2003 The Bald Soprano, Babel's In Arms, Handler
2002 Maelstroms, Misunderstandings & Mischief: Six Comic Plays
2001 Streaks of Theatrical Lightning: Six Ten-Minute Plays