INTERACT THEATRE COMPANY is one of the most celebrated and esteemed theatre companies in Los Angeles. Since its full company production of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood in 1993, the company has received 82 awards and 150 nominations for outstanding achievement. Beginning in 1989 under the inspiration of actor Barry Heins and 15 of his New York actor friends, the theatre has grown into what the Los Angeles Times praised as “one of L.A.’s true theatre successes.” NoHo News called Interact “a company of hard-hitting professionals with a rare and undeniable combination of heart and expertise,” and Back Stage West cited ITC for “sustained excellence in theatre.”
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 group became the exclusive tenants of Theatre Exchange in North Hollywood, and Interact was born. On May 1, 1992, the company formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership 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.”