About Alternative Theatre Company


Alternative Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are an all-volunteer theatre group renowned for producing award-winning LGBT plays that engage an audience in a conversation relating to specific feelings and messages reflecting the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans-gender community.

With the world now immersed in visual and interactive media, the performing arts have perhaps never been more relevant in communication. Dramatic productions can powerfully communicate diversity, faith, compassion, understanding and acceptance across barriers of age, race, orientation, culture, language and prejudice in a way few other mediums can.

Theatre not only communicates ideas, but also demonstrates them, touching the audience's mind and heart. That is and will always be our mission.

Founded in 1991 by Joe Marshall, the company relocated from Arizona to New York in 2009.


Joe Marshall, Founder and Artistic Director
Joe Marshall is a unique, award-winning Actor/Director/Producer/Playwright. His smash Off-Broadway hit THE GAYEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER! thrilled sold-out audiences. His play A NIGHT IN VEGAS received two AriZoni awards for Best Original Script and Best Overall Production, and ended a successful Off-Broadway debut at The Bleecker Street Theatre in New York City on July 31, 2010. His play DIRTY SECRETS has been continuously produced around the country and recently accepted into the International Gay Theatre Festival in Dublin, Ireland.

After studying at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, Joe continued his education at Arizona Technical Institute, obtaining an F.C.C. License in broadcast communication.

Joe has appeared as an actor in more than 40 shows and three films, including the movie "Postcards From America" and a national tour of the play "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow."

Joe has directed and choreographed more than thirty award-winning productions. He also was the Director of Children's Programming at Theatre Works for two years, winning five People's Choice awards. As a playwright, Joe has written eleven plays that have been produced regionally as well as Off Broadway.

He is the Founder, President and Artistic Director for the Alternative Theatre Company, where he also teaches acting classes.


Adrian Maynard, Managing Director

Adrian graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and is the Managing Director for Alternative Theatre Company.

Adrian runs the day-to-day operations of the company. He Produces our shows, spearheads our sales, marketing and press activities, and works closely with our volunteers and partners.

Adrian has more than 15 years of experience managing and marketing creative products, and producing successful events.


Ryan Emmons, Assistant Director

Ryan is a founding member and Co-Artistic Director of No.11 Productions.  He is also the Chapter Co-Director of the New York Educational Theatre Association. Ryan has studied at both the British American Drama Academy and the Royal Shakespeare Company and holds a BS in Theatre from Skidmore College.  No.11 credits include: The Oregon Trail: Quest for the West! (Director/Set Designer/Book), Medea (Director), Lysistrata (Director/Adaptor), Mythunderstood (Director/Writer), Claire and the Ornithological Shadow (Director/Writer) and Jet of Blood (Director).


Duane Pagano, Technical Director

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John Smith, Stage Manager

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Debbie Johnson, Board Member at Large

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John Lotardo, General Counsel

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