BT_WhoWeAre

The Blank Theatre is committed to the enrichment of Hollywood’s cultural life through production of first-rate theatre, education of current and future artists, and creation of groundbreaking new works for the theatrical repertoire.The Blank Theatre Mission
Our goals are to produce new work, give paying jobs to actors, directors and theatre professionals, to train and inspire young people to pursue careers in theatre and to develop the plays that will be presented on stages around the world for future generations.

We believe the development of new plays is an essential component of a thriving theatrical community, both here in Hollywood and in the nation at large. The Blank is unique in that we offer opportunities for playwrights to see their works grow from a draft script to a fully realized Mainstage production. We attract the finest playwrights in America and are entrusted by them to develop their plays which will eventually be produced all around the globe. The Blank is one of the nation’s most important developers of new work.

The long-term goal of The Blank Theatre is to become Hollywood’s first professional Regional Theatre. We will operate within our own 300-400 seat venue. This venue will achieve LEED Gold or Platinum Certification. We will operate under a larger LORT Equity contract. We will also partner with educational outreach programs that will benefit the youth of Hollywood. Creating Hollywood’s first Regional Theatre will offer a vital contribution to the long-term success of Hollywood’s revitalization.

We want to reawaken theatre as a national pastime, and provide our community with the notion that living, breathing windows into human experience are not meant to be reserved for the wealthy few, but are a crucial part of the cultural discourse of a city and should be accessible to everyone

The Blank Theatre was founded in 1990 in Hollywood by current Artistic Director Daniel Henning. In April of 1996, The Blank took up residence at the 2nd Stage Theatre on Hollywood’s Theatre Row.

The Blank’s Mainstage productions have garnered rave reviews, audience acclaim, and numerous theatrical honors. This year we have won the BroadwayWorld Award for “Best Play – Los Angeles” and have been nominated for 4 L.A. Weekly Awards including “Production of the Year.”

Over the years, The Blank has won every “Best Production” award in town: 5 Ovation Awards including “Best Musical” (24 nominations,) 13 LA Drama Critics Circle Awards including “Outstanding Production” (16 nominations,) 8 LA Weekly Awards including “Musical of the Year” (37 noms,) 4 NAACP Theatre Awards including “Best Production” (12 noms,) and won 20 Back Stage West Garland Awards including “Best Production.” The Blank Theatre is the recipient of the Hollywood Arts Council’s Charlie Award, “for pursuing artistic excellence, for nurturing the next generation of playwrights and challenging itself with a grand vision.”

The Drama League designated The Blank as “one of the best Theatre Companies in America” and The Blank was also honored with a resolution by the LA City Council for over 20 years of commitment to excellence and innovation in the Theatre Arts. The Blank has a history of attracting top talent to its stage.

Our alumni include a glittering array of artists who have achieved wide acclaim in the fields of theatre, television and film including Chris Pine, Noah Wyle, Mike Farrell, Molly Shannon, Edward Asner, Barbara Bain, Allison Brie, Valerie Harper, Virginia Madsen, Debra Messing, and Tony Award Winners Alice Ripley and Gregory Jbara.

Our Los Angeles premiere of Amy and David Sedaris’ The Book of Liz ran for a year, playing an unprecedented 184 performances becoming one of the longest running shows in Hollywood history. The Blank’s production of Michael John LaChiusa’s musical Little Fish was recorded on Ghostlight/Sh-K-Boom Records. Our First Lady Suite was produced by Grammy-nominated Tommy Krasker for the PS Classics label. The Blank’s recording of The Cradle Will Rock is available at Amazon.com and iTunes.

SOMETHING TRULY MONSTROUS – 2015 World Premiere
SONS OF THE PROPHET – 2015 West Coast Premiere
THE WHY – 2014
PETER PAN THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS – 2013 West Coast Premiere. BROADWAY WORLD AWARD – Best Play – Los Angeles. 4 LA Weekly Award Nominations: Production of the Year, Best Director, Best Ensemble, Ovation Nominated for Best Lighting
VALENTINE TRIAGE – 2013 World Premiere
THE SANTALAND DIARIES – 2012
DR. KEELING’S CURVE – 2012 World Premiere
SUKIE & SUE: THEIR STORY – 2012 World Premiere
THE COST OF THE ERECTION – 2012 West Coast Premiere
THE SANTALAND DIARIES – 2011
DUSK RINGS A BELL – 2011 West Coast Premiere
THE TEMPERAMENTALS – 2011 West Coast Premiere
THE CRADLE WILL ROCK – 2011 BACKSTAGE GARLAND AWARD for Musical Direction. 3 LA Weekly Nominations
THE SANTALAND DIARIES – 2010
TERRE HAUTE – 2010 West Coast Premiere
SEE WHAT I WANNA SEE – 2010. West Coast Premiere BACKSTAGE GARLAND AWARD for Musical Direction and Musical Score. LA Weekly Nominations-Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Musical Direction; LADCC Nomination-Musical Direction
WHY TORTURE IS WRONG, AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM -2010. West Coast Premiere LA WEEKLY AWARD Female Comedy Performance. LA Weekly Award Nominations-Best Comedy Direction, Best Comedy Ensemble
THE SANTALAND DIARIES – 2009
SETUP & PUNCH – 2009 World Premiere. LA DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD (LADCC) -Featured Performance; LA Weekly Nominations-Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical
THE JAZZ AGE – 2009 West Coast Premiere. LA Weekly Nomination-Best Original Score
SPEECH & DEBATE – 2008
DICKIE & BABE: THE TRUTH ABOUT LEOPOLD & LOEB – 2008 World Premiere
LITTLE FISH – 2007 LADCC nomination HEADS – 2007 LA TIMES—Best of the Year
HEADS – 2007 LA TIMES—Best of the Year, 2008 Francesca Primus Prize from the American Theatre Critics Assoc.
MISSOURI WALTZ – 2007 World Premiere
HOTEL C’EST L’AMOUR – 2006 OVATION AWARD—Best Featured Actress; LA WEEKLY AWARD— Best Musical Direction
LOBSTER ALICE – 2006 LADCC AWARD—Best Lead Performance; LA WEEKLY AWARD— Best Set Design; LA TIMES – Best of the Year
A HOLE IN THE DARK – 2006 LADCC AWARD—Lead Performance; BACK STAGE WEST GARLAND AWARDS —Playwrighting, Performance
THE WILD PARTY – 2005 NAACP AWARDS—Best Production, Best Director, Best Lead Actress, Best Costumes; LADCC Awards—Best Production, Best Musical Score, Best Musical Direction, 2 Best Featured Performance; LA WEEKLY AWARDS—Best Musical Direction, Best Choreography, Best Featured Actress; BSW GARLAND AWARDS— Production, Musical Score, Musical Direction, Choreography, Ensemble, 2 Lead Performance
THE BOOK OF LIZ – 2005 & 2006 (year –long run) LA TIMES—Best of the Year
LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES – 2005 OVATION & LA WEEKLY nominations AS IS – 2004 FRONTIERS MAGAZINE—Best of the Year
AMERICAN WAY – 2004
FUNNY… – 2003 2 World Premieres
FILL IN THE BLANK – 2003 World Premiere
SANGUINE – 2003 World Premiere
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? – 2002 LADCC AWARD—Best Lead Performance
FIRST LADY SUITE – 2002 BSW GARLAND—Musical Score
PRECIOUS SONS – 2000 BSW GARLANDS—Director, 2 Performance
THE WHY – 2000 OVATION nomination
A NIGHT OUT WITH YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS – 1999 LA WEEKLY nomination
STARR STRUCK: A MUSICAL INVESTIGATION – 1999 OVATION nomination
HELLO AGAIN – 1998 OVATION AWARD— Best Featured Actress; BSW GARLANDS – 2 Performance, Musical Direction
LOOT – 1997 DRAMALOGUE AWARD—Best Production, Best Direction, Best Performance; BSW GARLAND—Performance
SKY’S END – 1996 World Premiere
BREAKING THE CODE – 1996 LADCC AWARDS— Best Production, Best Performance; LA WEEKLY AWARD—Best Actor; DRAMALOGUE —1995. Best Director, Best Performance
YOUNG PLAYWRIGHTS 95 – 1995 3 World Premieres
CHESS – 1995 OVATION AWARDS—Best Actor, Best Actress; LADCC AWARDS– 2 Best Lead Performance THE CRADLE WILL ROCK – 1994 LA WEEKLY AWARD—Musical of the Year; LA TIMES—Best of the Year GERTRUDE STEIN & A COMPANION – 1994 LA WEEKLY nomination
IN STITCHES – 1994 World Premiere
ISN’T IT ROMANTIC – 1993
THE FANTASTICKS – 1993 OVATION AWARD—Best Musical
A SNAKE IN THE VEIN – 1993 DRAMALOGUE– Best Performance
SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO/ HILLS LIKE WHITE ELEPHANTS – 1991
THE WINTER’S TALE – 1991
HOSANNA – 1990
(*indicates Academy Award, Tony Award or Emmy Award winner/nominee)
Edward Asner*
Barbara Bain*
Amber Benson
Karen Black*
Nicolas Brendon
Beth Broderick
Dennis Christopher
Tyler Christopher
Veanne Cox*
Quinn Cummings*
Keith David*
Nora Dunn
Eliza Dushku
Daisy Eagan*
James Eckhouse
Blake Edwards*
Susan Egan*
Kat Foster
Johnny Galecki*
Sarah Michelle Gellar*
Delores Hall*
Alyson Hannigan
Gale Harold
Elaine Hendrix
Amy Hill
Lenny Jacobson
Gregory Jbara*
James Karen
Arielle Kebbel
Sally Kellerman *
Chad Kimball *
Richard Kind
Justin Kirk*
Richard Kline
Ricki Lake *
Jane Lanier*
Tom Lenk
Vicki Lewis
Judith Light*
Matthew Lillard
Jamie Luner
Kelly Lynch
Melanie Lynskey
Luke MacFarlane
Allison Mack
Virginia Madsen*
Ann Magnuson
Joseph Marcell
James Marsters
Kellie Martin*
Debra Messing*
Marcia Mitzman*
Ken Page
Valarie Pettiford*
Chris Pine
Josh Radnor
Alice Ripley*
Marion Ross*
Molly Shannon*
Sherri Shepherd
Kate Shindle
Douglas Sills*
Jeremy Sisto
Octavia Spencer*
Marcia Strassman
DB Sweeney
Tiffani Thiessen
Tony Todd
Robert Torti*
Michael Urie
Mark Valley
Bruce Vilanch*
Dee Wallace
Gedde Watanabe
Noah Wyle*
Constance Zimmer
Founding Artistic Director -Daniel Henning
Artistic Producer – Noah Wyle
Producing Director – Bree Pavey
Marketing Director – Katherine Hunter-Blyden
Producing Assistants – Crystal Hui, Casey Leach, Sarah Jo Provost, Jeffrey Rodriquez, Sydney Russell
Office Manager – Katie Woerner
Press Agent – Ken Werther Publicity kenwertherpr@gmail.com
Living Room Series Artistic Committee – Elena Campbell-Martinez (Chairman), Beth Bigler, Ruben Garfias, Josh Levine, Shelagh McFadden, Christopher Raymond, Jennie Webb
LRS Associate Producer – Christopher Reiling
LRS Tech Director – Megan Frances
Literary Submissions Coordinator – Lainnie Felan
Producing Assistants – Mallory Awad, Andrea Ramos, Maria Rodriguez, Luke Sisselman
Graphics/Web Design – Rick Baumgartner Webmaster@TheBlank.com
Videography – David Shine
Mascot – “Betti” The Wonder Dog

Board of Directors
Paulo Andrés
Rick Baumgartner
Laura Bousman, Secretary
Daniel Henning
Pekka Kauranen
Susie Landau Finch
Barbara Ligeti
Angela Oh
Angel Parker, CFO
Priscilla Pesci
Stacy Reed Payton
Marcia Seligson
Troy Thompsen
Ken Werther
Noah Wyle, Co-Chair

Board of Advisors
John Bowab
John Holly
Virginia Madsen
Debbie Reynolds
DB Sweeney
Tiffani Thiessen
April Webster
Vanessa Williams
Martin Wiviott