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Who We Are

The Hyperion Theatre Company was founded in 2007 as a venue for artists and audience members to explore the arts while working to give back to their communites. Theatre artists who have the inspiration and the drive are invited to work with us to bring their vision to life. In addition our projects often work to help give back to the community, raising both funds and awareness for important causes. During the fall of 2007 we developed our first Commedia dell’arte play: Manhattanpotamia. This performance played at the world-renowned Gotham Comedy Club and raised $225 for The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. Future installments of the commedia show in 2008 and 2009 raised over $1000 for the Jake Pastel Cancer Fund. Our most recent season of commedia raised over $1000 for Hope House, a domestic violence shelter for women and children, serving the Kansas City metro area.

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In 2008 Hyperion launched The Red Tie Mafia, our weekly improvisation show. The Red Tie Mafia enjoyed a residency in 2010 with The Living Theatre. In 2011 Red Tie moved back to Chelsea and continues to play our weekly short form improvisation show every Tuesday night at The Triple Crown on 7th Avenue. The show features improvisation as well as stand-up comedy, music, independent shows, and other independent improvisation groups. The Red Tie Mafia has also donated over $250 to The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and the Anita Trevetti Heart Transplant Fund, and over $200 for Autism Speaks. The Red Tie Mafia continued to run under the Hyperion name until August 2013.

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In the summer of 2009 Hyperion worked with Hollie Harper to develop and launch American Candy. Under Mrs. Harper’s artistic vision and leadership the show has continued to grow and thrive, playing to sold out houses at Gotham Comedy Club and the South Oxford Space in Brooklyn. American Candy became an independent producing company in 2010, and continues to perform today under Mrs. Harper's direction.

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In addition to improvisation and sketch-based work, Hyperion has supported full productions of The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged and The Dining Room. In the spring of 2010 the project brought to life Eugene Ashe’s remarkable play Homecoming. The play was performed to sold-out houses and was greeted with much acclaim.

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Our 2010 production of Manhattanpotamia IV was also entered into the New York Innovative Theater Awards, receiving nominations for Best Ensemble in a Performance Art Piece and Best Choreography for Nina Ashe.

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In the fall of 2011, The Hyperion Theatre proudly produced our first touring productions, brining our Commedia dell'Arte to Chicago for the first time, and A Midsummer Night's Dream internationally to Milan, Rome, and Fore dei Marmi.

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In the Summer of 2012, we expanded our Commedia tour to include both Chicago and Kansas City. In September of 2013, we returned to Milan for our second International Tour, this time bringing Hamlet to Italy.

We thank everyone who has been a part of Hyperion to date, and look forward to working together to bring more art to life in the coming weeks, months, and years.