Theater Company Info

Underground Theater Company

The UG theater company has been formed to provide actors, writers, and directors with the opportunity to showcase, and nurture their talents, in the greater Los Angeles area.

Writers are encouraged to submit new material.

Directors can become a part of the creative process by utilizing their skills in the directing of actual plays.

Actors are given the opportunity to participate in plays, readings, casting director workshops and auditions.

The Underground’s diverse membership is divided into three classes: Actors, Writers and Directors. The company at large will be responsible for all productions and programs put forth by the UG theater. By utilizing our comprehensive website members can sign up for upcoming functions. All functions will be on a limited enrollment R.S.V.P basis. Such events will include Casting Director Workshops, Scene Study Workshops (not excluding members that are directors), and On Camera Workshops as well as guest speakers. Previous casting directors include: Paul Webber, Michael Donovan and Mark Sikes just to name a few.

The UG theater company will focus on putting up new and published works as well as one night Showcases (once again with the opportunity for company directors/writers to showcase new material).

Actors, writers and directors are encouraged to fully utilize The Underground facilities: Meaning, they are more than welcome to request time in the theater for readings, workshops (which can take the form of one acts that a director may want to put up, a workshop of a new piece that a writer wants to hear out loud, etc.), or other functions that lend itself to creativity within the Art fields. This is a unique opportunity that The Underground Theater Company offers. Email your requests to contactus@undergroundtheater.com -- all will be evaluated and considered.

The Underground Theater was created almost 2 years ago by Steven Helgoth (Artistic Director-founder) and Frayne Rosanoff (Co- Artistic Director-founder).


ABOUT US:

Steven Helgoth began his career as an actor studying with the legendary actress/teachers Uta Hagen and Geraldine Page. Moving into producing and directing, Helgoth has directed over 150 off-Broadway plays as well as serving as the artistic director for several NYC theater companies, including the Sanford Meisner Theatre and the Vortex Theatre Company. His former production company Steppin Out Productions produced the long-running show Dressing Room Divas in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Since coming to Los Angeles he has continued producing theatre with such acclaimed shows as Driving While Black in Beverly Hills; Marmalade Skies at the Matrix Theatre, and The Caine Mutiny Court Martial at the Tamarind Theatre. Always Expanding his horizons he formed Helgoth and Associates Casting in 1998 and quickly garnered such festival hits as West Bank Story (which won numerous awards both in Sundance as well as many other festivals), Close Call and Lost Lake, both which were distributed by Warner Brothers, and Are You Scared distributed by Lions Gate as well as many others.

Frayne Rosanoff began his acting career in NYC with numerous off-Broadway stage roles, including True West, When u Coming Back Red Rider, Brilliant Traces, as well as numerous others and was fortunate enough to work with Joe Pintauro in his award winning play Raft of the Medusa. Since arriving in LA he has appeared in dozens of stage productions as well as directed and produced. As an actor his first starring role came in the way of the movie, Python, distributed by 20th Century Fox. He has appeared in numerous film and television roles.

Tired of producing at many of the theatres here in Hollywood and the greater LA area Steven Helgoth and Frayne Rosanoff decided to form their own company cultivating into the creation of the 99-seat Underground Theater at 1312 N. Wilton and the newly formed 45-seat Annex next door at 1308 N. Wilton.

Steven Helgoth (Founder-Artistic Director)
Frayne Rosanoff (Founder-Co Artistic Director)
Janet Hoskins (Theater Manager)