The Ten Thousand Theaters Movement

"We have decided to intentionally spread our model throughout the country by helping others learn how to produce this unique style of theater. We are delighted to see the great desire of these prominent companies to bring theater to audiences who have little or no access to the arts.” —Michelle Hensley


TTT-Inspired Tours Across the Country


Cripple Creek Theater wih New Orleans Shakespeare Festival
The Taming of the Shrew, Summer 2017


The Public Theater, New York, The Mobile Unit
Romeo & Juliet, directed by Lear de Bessonet, April 2016. Read more here.

Center Stage, Baltimore
Incubator production of Cyrano, directed by Roz Cauthen, April 2016. Read about Center Stage here.

Delaware Shakespeare Festival
Pericles, directed by David Stradley, Fall 2016. Read more here.


The Public Theater, New York, The Mobile Unit
Comedy of Errors, directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah (pictured at top). Read about The Mobile Unit here.

California Shakespeare Theater, Bay Area, All the Bay's a Stage
The Tempest, directed by Rebecca Novick (pictured at bottom). Read the company's blog.

The Old Globe, San Diego, Globe for All
Much Ado about Nothing, directed by Rob Melrose. Read about Globe for All here.

The Light Fantastic, New York
The Glass Menagerie, directed by Per Janson. Read more here.

Sharing the TTT Model

The Public Theater in New York was the first to engage Artistic Director Michelle Hensley in producing a TTT-style tour, asking her to help resurrect Joe Papp's The Mobile Unit. Hensley directed Measure for Measure in 2010. In 2014, she directed Twelfth Night for California Shakespeare Theater, teaching the Bay Area company the TTT model, which the theater will continue in its All the Bay's a Stage program. Barry Edelstein, who worked with TTT when he was at The Public, launched the Old Globe's "Globe for All" in 2014, directing a TTT-style tour of All's Well That Ends Well in 2014.

Spreading the Word with All the Lights On


Hensley's critically acclaimed book, All the Lights On, was published in spring 2015 to help companies and individual artists learn more about TTT's unique model of production and outreach. Read more.

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