Zak Berkman, the company's founding producer, said in a statement, "As our organization enters its seventh season, we wish to emphasize the artist-run nature of our company. Replacing 'Center' with 'Ensemble' will more accurately reflect Epic's identity as a collective of actors, writers, directors, educators and activists who share a passion for utilizing the theatre to empower voices, foster dialogue, inspire self-exploration and spur social change." Epic was founded in 2001 by Berman, Melissa Friedman, Teri Lamm, Ron Russell and James Wallert; Godfrey L. Simmons Jr. and Sarah Winkler are additional producing artists. The company, according to press notes, "is committed to developing and presenting radical adaptations of classic plays side-by-side with adventurous new work in an aesthetic that is poetic, political and prizes the mind as much as the heart."
Past productions by the Obie, Lucille Lortel and OTTO Award-winning company include No Child. . ., Beauty on the Vine, Hannah and Martin, Einstein's Gift, Habitat, Widowers' Houses, Little Eyolf and Time and the Conways.
Production and casting for Epic Theatre Ensemble's seventh season will be announced shortly.