Edgemar Center for the Arts, a venue for the visual and performing arts in Santa Monica for half a decade, has formed a resident performance company, the Edgemar Theatre Group.

The Edgemar Theatre Group at the center, 2437 Main St., consists of 100 resident members — actors and writers — and 20 associate members — directors and designers.

The new performance company’s mission is to “mount great original and classic plays and build a bridge from theatre to film.”

The goal of the company is to develop talent and material for the stage and/or screen.

The artistic director of Edgemar Theatre Group is Michelle Danner, who is the managing partner of the Larry Moss Studios and teaches several acting classes at Edgemar Center for the Arts, where she also serves as its executive artistic director.

Danner created Diva Chihuahua Films with her feature film directing debut, How to Go Out on a Date in Queens, starring Jason Alexander, Esai Morales, Ron Perlman, Kimberly Williams, Rob Estes and Allison Eastwood. The film was nominated for five L.A. Indie Awards and won four.

In 2007, Danner directed the award-winning Mental: The Musical, which played to sold-out houses for an extended run, according to an Edgemar spokesman. She is currently the director of Mamafied, a comedy now showing at the center’s black box stage. The Edgemar Center also has a larger theater and an art gallery.

The Edgemar Theatre Group plans dual seasons — a season of major and mainstream works and a “Lab” theatre season comprised of experimental pieces, non-commercial works and works in development.

The main season is targeted at the mainstream theatergoer, while the Lab season will appeal particularly to the audience segment looking for something different, edgy or unusual, Danner said.

Information about the Edgemar Theatre Group and its presentations, www.edgemarcenter .org/, or (310) 399-3666.

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