The Group Theater is our inspiration. That legendary company from the 1930s gave new meaning to the concept of political theater when they produced Clifford Odet’s WAITING FOR LEFTY and AWAKE AND SING. We aim to bring that same energy to a new generation of theatergoers, by fostering drama geared toward social justice.


Mike Batistick
Co-Artistic Director/Literary Manager

Mike Batistick is the author of three Off-Broadway plays: Chicken, Port Authority Throw Down and Ponies. Ponies was designated a New York Times Critics’ Pick when it was released as a film in 2012. In television, he has written for The Affair, The Americans (WGA Nomination), Mr. Mercedes, and Chicago PD on NBC. Other plays include Bodega Lung Fat (Public Theater New Work Now), Tempo (Steppenwolf First Look) and Flag (Hangar Theater workshop in Ithaca, NY). Commissioned by the Atlantic Theater, he has developed plays with the Cape Cod Theater Project, Ars Nova Play Group, and MCC’s Playwrights’ Coalition. A graduate of Juilliard’s writing program, he grew up in New Jersey and went to undergrad at Fordham University in the Bronx. His plays are available through Dramatists Play Service.

Alani iLongwe
Co-Artistic Director/Producing Director

Alani iLongwe’s television credits include ABC’s “Castle”, TNT’s “Major Crimes”, CBS’ “Blue Bloods” and NBC’s “Law & Order”. His theater credits include Matthew Lopez’s “The Legend of Georgia McBride” (Ensemble Theatre Company), August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” (Seattle Repertory Company/Arena Stage) and Dominique Morisseau’s “Sunset Baby” (TheatreWorks). He executive produced and directed “Meat Puppet: The Filmed Experience”, a streamed theatrical production aimed at raising money for the philanthropic group, Unusual Suspects. Most recently, iLongwe was a member of the National Association of Musical Theatre’s inaugural Festival Observership for Early-Career Directors and his original musical, “At the River I Stand”, was developed at the 2020 Johnny Mercer Writers Colony At Goodspeed. iLongwe received his B.F.A. in Theatre from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he was awarded the coveted Ron Howard Fellowship.

Clint Jordan
Founding Director

Clint Jordan began his career in New York City, learning under Salem Ludwig, Sondra Seacat and Sally Kirkland before studying and collaborating extensively with the renowned Susan Batson and her ensemble FUSE from the 1980’s until the present. He was a founding member of the New York based theater company MACHINE FULL and has acted, written, directed, produced for the last thirty years for film, theatre and television. He received an INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARD nomination for his title role in the feature film: VIRGIL BLISS, also nominated for The John Cassavetes Award and winner of the Atlanta Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize and many more. It went on to screen at SXSW, the IFP West/Los Angeles Film Festival; the Seattle International Film Festival; the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival; the Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival and the Mill Valley Film Festival.

Victor Villar-Hauser
Founding Director

Victor Villar-Hauser originally a transplant from London studied acting and teaching with Maggie Flanigan in NYC. Now based in Los Angeles, he has had his own recommendation only based acting studio for the past 6 years where he works both as a private acting coach for film and television as well as offering a variety of classes to the professional actor. He is also a dramaturge working on plays as well as screenplays.


At this time, we are seeking additions to our company.

If you are interested in performance, production, or administrative opportunities for the company, please send a relevant resume and cover letter to alani@opencityactingstudio.com