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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Actor Therapy New Works (ATNW) and Very Intense Productions presents OUT: A Queer Songbook, an original song cycle with music and lyrics by Jaron Barney. Out explores the joy, the pain, the stereotypes, the politics, and the love within modern queer life. Under the direction of Andrew Mullins, this original pop musical experience is a celebration of the full spectrum of queer existence. Musical direction is also by songwriter Jaron Barney.

Very Intense Productions has partnered with Actor Therapy to launch Actor Therapy New Works (ATNW), a series that will develop and produce readings, workshops, and concerts of brand new musicals and plays cultivated by Actor Therapy students and faculty. Stay tuned for what ATNW has up next!


Marin Asnes
Ethan Carlson (Waitress national tour)
Patrick Ryan Castle
Emily Foley
Kristen Jeter (The Book of Mormon)
Terrance Johnson (RENT in Concert at the Kennedy Center; RENT at Paper Mill Playhouse)
Julia Knitel (Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalBye Bye Birdie)
Wes Peddycord
John Pinto Jr. (The Book of Mormon; South Pacific national tour)
Mathieu Whitman
Jayke Workman (Chicago)

ACTOR THERAPY is a series of masterclasses for performers looking to improve their auditions, build a better book, and expand their understanding of what it means to be an actor and song interpreter in New York today, founded by 2023 Kleban Prize winning composer-lyricist Ryan Scott Oliver (35mm, Jasper in Deadland) and Tony Award® winning Broadway actress Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Significant Other, Wicked).

Please note that all artists and acts are subject to change at any time.

Past Performances

  • Wed, Sep 13 :9:30 pm
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