“I cannot think of a time that I’ve seen a more prescient piece of theatre.” – Stage Buddy

“Heartfelt and provocative.” – Theatre is Easy

“Quietly compelling.” – Howlround

The Associates were once hard-working apprentices at Actors Theatre of Louisville. There, we trained together in devising original pieces and forged a creative bond that we rely on to this day. Now we continue that practice in New York City. We harvest paradox; we dwell in sticky moments. With a fierce appetite for contradiction and complexity, we devise plays that question modes of identity in America. 


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 premiere by Chuck Mee, at The New Ohio), Songs About Trains, Call Out Culture, or the unbearable whiteness of being (ANTFest), Dragus Maximus (Roulette), Sehnsucht (JACK), Power Couple (ANTFest), All The World’s A Drag: Shakespeare in Love with Opera (National Sawdust), Ski End (with Piehole at Ice Factory), Take Ten (Theater Masters at The C.O.W. Theater), 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 is currently pursuing her MFA in Acting at UCSD.

BEATRICE VENA has designed costumes at IRT, Creede Repertory Theatre, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. She holds an MFA in Costume Design from Yale School of Drama.

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.