About the Company
American Thymele Theatre (ATT) was founded in 1993. Its mission, to promote and disseminate Hellenic culture in America by producing plays with Greek themes. It has since presented a wide selection of such works including some in their original 19th century Greek, never before staged in America. Presented free of charge to the public, ATT’s initial production was an adaptation of George Kelly’s “The Show-Off,” performed at the Kraine Theater in New York and elsewhere. In 1995, ATT inaugurated its “Angelos Vlachos Comedy Festival,” ending in 2005, with Vlachos’ “The Grocer’s Daughter,” originally premiered at the Frederick Loewe Theatre in New York, followed by tours in Boston, and in Philadelphia by 1996 followed by a New Jersey and Connecticut tour a year later. ATT returned to Philadelphia to premiere two new Vlachos comedies, “My Sober Husband” and “Mr. Floret’s Wife”. “The Grocer’s Daughter” had its English language, world premiere in Baltimore in 1999, followed by extended tours throughout New York, including a dinner theatre engagement in 2000. In 2001, ATT mounted a revival of Maxwell Anderson’s “Barefoot in Athens,” marking 50 years since the play’s Broadway debut, at the Olympic Theatre in New York, as part of the “2001: Year of Socrates” celebrations. This particular production was extended into the following season, in daytime performances for New York City public schools. ATT is a non-profit organization, dedicated to bringing quality theatre, along with some never before staged rarities in America, to audiences of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, in many nearby and distant cities. It is chartered by the State of New York and the majority of its productions are approved by Actors’ Equity Association. The Cultural Olympiad Committee considered American Thymele Theatre in presenting its production of “The Grocer’s Daughter” as part of the cultural events for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. ATT premiered “The Needy Barrister” in St. Louis, Missouri, presented along with its acclaimed production of “The Grocer’s Daughter” which had by then become a touring favorite. ATT’s repertory was brought to Phoenix, Arizona and, returning to New York, ATT staged a production of Nikos Kazantzakis’ “Kouros,” also for New York City public schools. ATT presented “The Petrakis Universe” for the New York Public Library, under the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation, leading to an encore presentation at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center. Adhering to its aspiration in producing free Greek theater, ATT launched its “New York Euripides Summer Festival” in 2009, presenting “Rhesus” at the East River Park Amphitheatre. Having completed its 8th consecutive summer season, the company has since produced the critically acclaimed productions of Euripides’ “Alcestis” (2010), “Medea” (2011), “Children of Hercules” (“Heracleidae” 2012), “Hippolytus” (2013), “Andromache” (2014), “Hecuba” (2015) and the Satyr play “Cyclops” (2016), traditionally at the East River Park Amphitheatre and other outdoor stages including the Naumburg Bandshell in Central Park, the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater, the Jackie Robinson Bandshell, and in select, indoor venues such as the Chernuchin Theatre, the Marilyn Monroe Theatre, the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, the Minor Latham Playhouse and, off-Broadway, at Theatre 500 and the 777 Theatre, among others, with an ever increasing popularity and number of diverse audience who attend in appreciation of quality, free Greek theater of this genre.