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EST-LA and Circle X Join Forces at Atwater Village

January 30, 2011

Photo by Patricia Williams

When Circle X artistic director Tim Wright was beginning his MFA program at Montclair State University in New Jersey in 1993, Gates McFadden was about to end her seven-year role as Dr. Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation. These days, the two face each other across opposing light-colored desks in Atwater Village where their companies share a theater space.

McFadden already was in place as artistic director for Ensemble Studio Theatre–Los Angeles (EST-LA) when she agreed to turn a commercial space into side-by-side 99-seat theaters for owner and developer Avo Tavitian. She had begun to interview potential partners. “Circle X and EST-LA had both worked at [Inside] the Ford,” McFadden recalls, “but I had never met Tim. I just knew from the company’s productions they were top-notch.”

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