The Incumbo Theater Company was founded in April 2004 by eight William Esper Studio graduates: Ethan Baum, Mark Montgomery, Ryan Shrime, Dominik Tiefenthaler, Kim Krentz, Tom Cleary, Ayodele Casel, and TaShana Foreman. This eclectic group of artists was united by their desire to add their voices to the New York theatre scene while using their talents to give back the community.

Their inaugural production that fall was Dear Old Mother...and Other Love Songs, a collection of one-acts by up and coming playwrights Daniel Guyton, Bob Jude Ferrante, and Jeffrey Teitler. The success of this production allowed Incumbo to donate a portion of the proceeds to BookPals NYC. BookPals' all-volunteer team consists of professional actors - SAG, AFTRA, and EQUITY members - who read aloud to children at public elementary schools in at-risk neighborhoods, helping introduce them to the world of reading and literacy.

In 2005, Incumbo produced Matt Schatz's The Baby Is Blue in association with Emileena Pedigo and the Midtown International Theater Festival. This production opened the door to the development process, as the cast worked closely with Schatz during rewrites.


2006 Incumbo focused their attention behind the scenes as they welcomed Megan Larche as Co-Artistic Director. Other changes included Mark Montgomery accepting the position of Executive Director.

2007 has been Incumbo's most exciting year to date with their critically acclaimed production of James McLure's Pvt. Wars. In conjunction, they were proud to host a discussion and benefit for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

2007 also brought the founding of two new relationships: the first with Emily Reutlinger taking on the role of Managing Director; the second with the Children's Theater Company. CTC promotes theater as a tool for learning, combining a character and ethical education curriculum that emphasizes a culture of inclusivity and service through arts-- fostering in young performers a profound conviction that they are the voices of positive change in society.

2008 saw the critically acclaimed production of The Two Lives of Napoleon Beazley, a searing examination of race, redemption, personal identity, and the inner workings of the American legal system, and the winner of the Austin Circle of Theatre’s 2005 B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Original Script.