In January of 1990, actor Barry Heins invited fifteen friends – all experienced stage actors homesick for the New York theatrical community – to a weekly play reading group held in a vacant apartment in Sherman Oaks. Before long, a pool of close to forty actors were involved in readings that consisted of everything from classic plays to new plays and screenplays. The quality of the work attracted other theatre professionals eager to collaborate. Directors came to hear plays, as well as playwrights and screenwriters who arranged to hear these talented actors breathe life into their new scripts. Ten months later, the actors became the exclusive tenants of Theatre Exchange in North Hollywood, and “Interact, An Actors’ Collective” was born. On May 1, 1992, the company incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership company: Interact Theatre Company.
1992 saw Interact’s first member produced event: an evening of three one-act plays entitled “Desperate Pleasures.” In the spring of 1993, Interact presented its first full company production, Dylan Thomas’s “Under Milk Wood.”
INTERACT’S FIRST 20 YEARS