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Pinch n' Ouch Theatre was co-founded in New York City by a fervent group of stage artists in 2009. Lead by Producing Artistic Director Grant McGowen, their purpose is to enhance the performing arts community of Atlanta by producing exciting new plays. Pinch n’ Ouch Theatre made its Atlanta debut presenting Reasons To Be Pretty by Neil LaBute in June of 2010. Reasons To Be Pretty received rave reviews: “a respectable first impression”, “absolutely compelling”, “solid staging”, and “a promising debut.” As Susan Asher from Midtown Mercury wrote, “Pinch n’ Ouch Theatre is on its way to success.”
To advance the vitality and diversity of American theatre by nurturing artists and producing exciting new works that are relevant and truthful by nature. Pinch n’ Ouch Theatre preserves an ethic of mutual respect for collaborative group work.
“Pinch and ouch”
A token phrase used by legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner to teach actors how to “respond truthfully under imaginary circumstances”. Meisner’s approach was “...based on bringing the actor back to his emotional impulses and to acting that is firmly rooted in the instinctive. It is based on the fact that all good acting comes from the heart.” Meisner was a founding member of the Group Theatre and became the head of the acting department at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Among his more renown students were actors Robert Duvall, Grace Kelly, Diane Keaton, Joanne Woodward, Lee Grant, and Peter Falk.
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