The Associates were once hard-working apprentices at Actors Theatre of Louisville. There, we trained together in devising original pieces and, in so doing, forged a creative bond that we rely on to this day. Now we continue that practice in New York City, as hard-working apprentices in the Theater At Large. We are the writers, directors, and performers of our plays. We harvest paradox; we dwell in sticky moments; we make work that aims to change the trajectory of storytelling tradition.


JAMAL ABDUNNASIR Regional: Refugia (Guthrie), Our Town, Remix 38 (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Superior Donuts (Geva Theatre Center). TV: Forever (ABC). Jamal holds a BA in Theatre from SUNY Geneseo.

PEREGRINE TENG HEARD is a middle child and Artistic Director of The Associates. New York: Soot & Spit (World Premier by Chuck Mee, at The New Ohio), Power Couple (Ars Nova ANTFest), Ski End (with Piehole at Ice Factory), Take Ten (Theater Masters at The C.O.W. Theater), LULU (Dixon Place), and #serials@theFlea. Regional: Jon Jory's Tom Jones, Remix 38 (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Peregrine graduated from Yale with a handy BA in East Asian Studies.

LAUREN LAROCCA is an actor and theater-maker whose credits include Baltimore Center Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and Williamstown Theater Festival. She has helped develop new plays with Yale Repertory Theater, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, 600 Highwaymen, Clubbed Thumb, The Bushwick Starr, and the NYC Fringe Festival, from whom she received an award for Overall Excellence in Acting. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Applied Theater from the City University of New York.

EMILY STOUT Regional credits include A Christmas Carol and Rules of Comedy at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Along with her work with The Associates, Emily is a proud member of AEA and Actors Theatre of Louisville's 2013-2014 Professional Training Company. Emily graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University at Lincoln Center with a degree in theatre and a minor in classics. She also teaches drama through Child's Play NY.

BEATRICE VENA studies Costume Design at the Yale School of Drama. She has designed costumes at IRT, Creede Repertory Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. She spent the past three years working at Actors Theatre, most recently as their Assistant Costume Director.

CASEY WORTHINGTON is a Sacramento-born actor and a proud alumnus of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Professional Training Company. In addition to his work with The Associates, he writes and acts on camera with Means of Productions. His work on stage includes 4000 Miles at American Stage and The Totalitarians at Capital Stage. Casey studied theater at San Francisco State University.