Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre is a contemporary theatre company dedicated to bringing exciting new works to the Atlanta stage. Named after the phrase "pinch and ouch," coined by the legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, the company offers an enthusiasm for theatre that is grounded in realistic performances. Since the company's arrival to Atlanta in 2010, Pinch 'n' Ouch Theatre has already carved out a niche for egdy fare and has set a high standard in delivering impassioned, sharp productions from some of the hottest writers working today. The company also offers some of the best training for actors in town.


To advance the vitality and diversity of American theatre by nurturing artists, encouraging repeatable creative relationships, and offering patrons the gift of engaging storytelling that meets them where they are today. Pinch 'n’ Ouch Theatre preserves an ethic of mutual respect for collaborative works that are derived from a sense of truth.


"Atlanta’s finest 'Off Broadway' company." -Atlanta Intown Paper

"Pinch ’n’ Ouch Theatre has impressed metro theater-goers and critics alike with its youthful verve and courageous artistic choices." -Atlanta Journal Constitution

"A small but mighty company that gives Atlanta some of its best contemporary theater." -ArtsAtl

"Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre continues to succeed in its goal to bring fresh and exciting new works to Atlanta." -Atlanta Theatre Fans

"Best Rising Theatre Company, 2011”  -Creative Loafing 

"The Hippest Theatre Company in Atlanta." -The Backstage Beat

"Top 20 People, Places, and Things to Watch on Atlanta's Arts Scene." -Atlantan Magazine

"Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre (PNO) under the leadership of the accomplished Grant McGowen swept into Atlanta's in town theatre scene five years ago and rocked its world with the veracity and gutsiness of its acting and its edgy, new and often world class play discoveries." -Aquarius Media Network

"Pinch 'n' Ouch has been presenting edgy and poignant new scripts with impassioned, vulnerable performances since 2010; In addition, the theater offers training by its outstanding ensemble of actors." -Backstage

Production History


Reasons To Be Pretty* by Neil LaBute, June 9-27, 2010.

Lobby Hero* by Kenneth Lonergan, November 5-28, 2010.


Autobahn* by Neil LaBute, January 21, 2011.

The Issues Project*, July 15, 2011.

Tape* by Stephen Belber, May 18-June 5, 2011

Body Awareness* by Annie Baker, August 10-28, 2011. 

Bachelorette* by Leslye Headland, September 1-18, 2011.


The Issues Plays*, July 26-29, 2012.

Some Girl(s)* by Neil LaBute, October 5-21, 2012.

Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet, April 6-May 5, 2012.


Let's Make It** by Grant McGowen, February 14-March 30, 2013.

Assistance* by Leslye Headland, April 12-May 4, 2013.

Scratching** by Britton Buttrill, August 22-September 15, 2013.


Wall Street Wedding** by Grant McGowen, February 6-March 22 ("Best World Premiere" by ArtsAtl)

Margo and the Universe** a web series created by Morgan McGowen


Pizza Man* by Darlene Craviotto, January 22-February 15

The Shape Of Things* by Neil LaBute, March 5-29

Water By The Spoonful* by Quiara Alegria Hudes, May 21-July19

The Aliens* by Annie Baker, July 30-August 30

Atlanta Independent Film Festival, October 1-25


Gidion's Knot by Johnna Adams, March 3-26*

Girls Life by Grant McGowen, September 15 - November 20**

**World premiere

*Regional premiere