Pinch 'N' Ouch Theatre is a professional contemporary theatre & film production company dedicated to bringing exciting new works to the stage and screen. Named after a phrase coined by the legendary acting teacher Sanford Meisner, "pinch and ouch" offers an enthusiasm for provocative storytelling that is grounded in realistic performances and meets audiences where they are today. Since the company's arrival to Atlanta in 2010, PNO has already carved out a niche for edgy fare and has set a high standard in delivering impassioned, sharp productions from some of the most important writers working today including Pulitzer Prize Winners Quiara Alegria Hudes, Annie Baker, and David Mamet. The company also offers a variety of educational opportunities for theatre patrons, filmmakers, and artists alike.


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)


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


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

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


Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet, August 3-September 23

The Way We Get By* by Neil LaBute, October 12-November 11

**World premiere

*Regional premiere