Katselas Theatre Company (formerly Camelot Artists) is the non-profit theatre company of the Beverly Hills Playhouse, one of Los Angeles' oldest and most celebrated acting schools.
Many years after the BHP had already established a reputation for the best in LA-based acting instruction, Katselas Theatre Company was founded in 1983 as a non-profit theater company that would mirror in its own work the BHP's core values — namely, the development of actors, directors, playwrights and designers who risk boldly, who take the time necessary to create with freedom and purpose, and who thus invent works of true artistic excellence — theatre that entertains, provokes and illuminates.
Working primarily with actors and directors of the Beverly Hills Playhouse, as well as with Los Angeles-based professionals, Katselas Theatre Company prides itself on productions inspired by the best work from the BHP's renowned classes. In addition, Katselas Theatre Company has produced many LA Premiere and World Premiere events, and has played host to musicians, poets, and dancers in its continuing dedication to creating theatrical works that benefit the broader Los Angeles community and contribute to its vibrant arts life.
In just two decades, Katselas Theatre Company has earned a distinction and pedigree that very few Los Angeles companies possess.
Katselas Theatre Company has been one of the city's most respected theatre companies since its founding in 1983. Don Shirley, the renowned Los Angeles Times theatre reporter, wrote in 1986:
"Since it made its debut with "Vieux Carre" three years ago, Katselas Theatre Company has become the most prolific theatrical shop in town ‚ with some 77 shows mounted."
Now, twenty years later, Katselas Theatre Company has over 500 productions to its credit, and countless awards. Our talented pool of actors and directors has included George Clooney, James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Jenna Elfman, Tovah Feldshuh, Miguel Ferrer, Jorge Garcia, Allen Garfield, John Glover, Beth Grant, Helen Hunt, Richard Lawson, Marian Mercer, Justina Machado, Linda Purl, Gene Reynolds, Jack Riley, Doris Roberts, William Schallert, Cotter Smith, Ray Stricklyn, Patrick Swayze, Jeffrey Tambor and Robert Walden, to name only just a few.
The following are just some of our most celebrated productions:
Tennessee Williams' Vieux Carre
Ray Stricklyn's Confessions of a Nightingale
Marian Mercer in Miss Margarida's Way
Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet directed by Milton Katselas and starring Linda Purl, Mary Crosby, James Cromwell and Allen Garfield
Without a Word starring Patrick Swayze
A Re-Touch of Tovah written and starring Tovah Feldsu
Jim Geoghan's The Stand Up
Extremes starring Shanna Reed
Stops Along The Way directed by Richard Dreyfuss
Border Line starring Cotter Smith
The Value of Names starring Helen Hunt
Lanford Wilson's Burn This directed by Jeffrey Tambor
Dylan directed by Robert Walden
Screen Test: Take One directed by Doris Roberts
Landford Willson's Balm in Gilead
Visions and Lovers starring Jenna Elfman and Miguel Ferrer
William Saroyan's The Time of Your Life directed by Gene Reynolds and starring John Glover
Athol Fugard's The Island
Eric Bogosian's Suburbia
Henry Jaglom's A Safe Place with Jorge Garcia
Milton Katselas' Four starring Justina Machado
Beth Grant in A Gift From Heaven
Jim McClure's Lone Star directed by Allen Williams
John Steinbeck's classic Of Mice and Men
Paddy Chayefsky's Tenth Man.