The company was founded in 1994 as Koalaty Presentations by Sandralyn Dannelley. Under Ms. Dannelley's leadership, Koalaty pursued its mission of developing and producing new works by Georgia Playwrights through its Plays in Process Workshop.
From 1994-2001 the theatre workshopped over thirty new works, and produced several including Dishbabies by Karla Jennings, Getting Shot by a Terrorist by Frankie Earle, andHunting for Harper Lee by Jerry Davis.
In 2001, Dannelley handed the reins over to newly-appointed Artistic Director DeWayne Morgan. The company's leadership elected to operate under the banner The Process Theatre Co., reflecting its continuing commitment to fostering new works for the stage. In addition, the company's mission broadened to include local premieres of works previously unseen by Southeastern audiences.
In continuing the Plays in Process workshop series, The Process has developed over thirty plays, many of which have been produced by the company, including the world premieres of The Suicide Manual and Babylon by Markie Shalloe, Christina Darling and Relations Unknown by Topher Payne, and Kiss of the Vampire by Johnny Drago. Our regional premieres have includedThe Trials and Tribulations of a Trailer Trash Housewife and Southern Baptist Sissies by Del Shores, and Journeys by Evan Guilford-Blake.
The Process Theatre hosted the original workshops and readings for several plays which have gone on to be produced at other theatres locally and around the country such as Lakebottom Proper by Topher Payne, produced by Springer Opera House in 2011; Chopped Liver in Paradiseby Vynnie Meli, produced by Jewish Theatre of The South in 2007; Riffed by Gabriel Dean, produced as dark night production at Actors Express Theatre in 2005; One Hand Clapping by Markie Shalloe which premiered at The Process and was also performed at The Madison Theatre in Madison, WI; and The Attala County Garden Club by Topher Payne, produced in Georgia by Onstage Atlanta and Kudzu Playhouse in 2006, and in Mississippi by Brick Street Players in 2007.