Conceived by Kevin Beebee, Lenny Banovez and Laura Frye with the goal of breathing new life and clarity into classical works of theatre through visceral, challenging, ensemble-driven productions, Titan Theatre Company began performing in 2008 in a Tex-Mex Bar and Restaurant in Long Island City, Queens. Since that time, Titan's signature work - which includes distinguished takes on Shakespeare's King Lear, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost and Macbeth - has been embraced by audiences from all walks of life. TITAN is a proud contributing member to the exciting and innovative hotbed that is the Queens theatre scene.
TITAN THEATRE COMPANY IS COMMITTED TO BREATHING NEW LIFE AND CLARITY INTO CLASSICAL WORKS OF THEATRE, EXPLORING NEW AND CONTEMPORARY LANGUAGE PLAYS, AND DELIVERING ADVENTUROUS AND VISCERAL THEATRICAL EXPERIENCES FOR OUR AUDIENCES AND COMMUNITY. THROUGH THIS WORK WE STRIVE TO FOSTER AN ENVIRONMENT FOR ARTISTS AND AUDIENCES ALIKE TO REDISCOVER THE BOUNDARIES OF LIVE PERFORMANCE IN AN ATMOSPHERE OF CREATIVITY, COLLABORATION AND RESPECT.
EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION (EDI) STATEMENT
As a theatre company located in the most diverse borough in one of the most diverse cities in the world, we strive to create a community built on creativity, collaboration, and respect for our artists and audiences. While we continue our work in the areas of diversity, inclusion, and representation on stage, we recognize that we still fall short as a company. In addition to casting a representative body of actors, we must begin to amplify BIPOC voices and stories as well. The term “classical” will no longer limit us to the works of 400 year old white men, but liberate us to discover more voices and works from a new generation of writers.
Therefore, Titan commits to the following action steps:
-The introduction of an annual New Works Festival that will highlight BIPOC playwrights
-Continuing to make our staff, company members, guest artists, and board members reflect the community we serve.
-Beginning the process of altering our mission statement from that of a classical theatre company, to a regional theatre style, giving particular attention to the play selection process.
Will Titan still produce Shakespeare? Of course. Will Titan still have opportunities to grow and learn in our efforts to be a more inclusive and representative company? Of course. This will take time and hard work, but we must do better. We must do the work. We must be a force for change….and the time MUST be now.