Artistic Statement

Theatre Exile has proven to be a place where local artists can take their biggest risks. We match challenging scripts with Philadelphia’s top talent, continually bringing immediate and dangerous performances to our audiences. Theatre Exile approaches our craft with a no-nonsense, no-holds-barred approach to acting. The stories that Exile brings to our audiences demand that our actors live in a moment of truth, despite the peril and the violence that such honesty demands. Armed with our bare-knuckled acting style, Exile attacks great stories, digging deeper into our desires, promising to deliver the most dangerous and exhilarating theater you have ever seen.

"Just when you thought you were so downtown, so shockproof, so cool, along comes a show that really shocks. And it shocks purposefully.”

– Philadelphia Inquirer

"At last, a genuine mind-blowing theater experience....we are left dumbstruck — and dizzyingly alive."

– City Paper on That Pretty Pretty; or The Rape Play (2010)

"a taut, unpretentious production that builds momentum."

– Philadelphia Weekly on Shining City (2010)

“Rude, Nasty and Not for the squeamish”

–Talkin’ Broadway on Hunter Gatherers (2009)

“Compelling and violent and funny”

– Philadelphia Inquirer on Bug (2008)

“Clearly the go-to company for fierce, sexy theater”

– Philadelphia Inquirer on Red Light Winter (2006)

“Lively Pace and a wonderful cast”

– Talkin’ Broadway on Mr. Marmalade (2007)

“A knockout cast of courageous actors who beat one another and the script to smithereens”

– Philadelphia Inquirer on Killer Joe (2006)