ABOUT US

OUTLIERS Theatre Co. is a theatre company in Washington DC that makes work built around immediacy, community, inclusion, advocacy, boldness, and compassionate refusal. Founded in May 2016, OUTLIERS aims to provide artistic experiences that dignify, challenge, and entertain audiences of all identities.

 

WE FULFILL OUR MISSION BY:

 

...creating living works of theatre that aim to delight and challenge spectators while investigating how to achieve IMMEDIACY in the relationship between actor, spectator, and our socio-political climate.

...creating COMMUNITY by advocating accessibility for spectators of all socio-economic backgrounds and ability, promoting a culture of inclusion, and developing new work.

...creating projects fueled by the necessity of our community – our COMPASSIONATE REFUSAL is of our own complacency, and of the temptation to produce work based solely upon traditional criteria.

 
 

BEN GUNDERSON, ARTISTIC director

DIRECTING: The Maids (OUTLIERS), skinny crazy small (TheatreLab NYC); assoc. dir. Les Misérables (Casa Mañana); asst. movement dir. Les Misérables Tokyo (Toho/Cameron Mackintosh); dance/fight cast. Les Misérables (Bway/Nat’l Tour); asst. dir. to Evan Yionoulis on The Dread Pirate Project (IRT & Drama League Rough Draft); dir. intern under Joe Dowling for The Real Thing (Guthrie). Ben is a recent participant of XV ISTA and Odin Week Festival, led by Eugenio Barba and the company of Odin Teatret.

ACTING:  Les Misérables (Bway/Nat'l Tour); Dream of the Burning Boy House of Gold (O'neill); Fiddler on the Roof (Engman); and others. He is a member of Actors' Equity. BFA in Acting from UNCSA, and has trained with SITI CompanyThe Michael Chekhov School, and Odin Teatret. He was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts Finalist, an NFAA Arts Award Winner, a Donna Reed Foundation Scholar, and the recipient of a scholarship from the Princess Grace Foundation. He is currently developing STILL LIFE WITH ROCKET with Mollye Maxner and Theater Alliance of DC.