The Practical Theatre Company Inc. is built on the principles of Practical Aesthetics, an acting technique and philosophy of the theatre devised by American playwright David Mamet (American Buffalo, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Winslow Boy) and actor William H. Macy (Fargo, Happy Texas, Magnolia).
Both Mamet and Macy are founders of the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. Many Australian actors have traveled to New York to study the technique at Atlantic, and many are now studying in Sydney with Practical Aesthetics Australia, which was founded by Andrea Moor and Melissa Bruder. Melissa is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company and co-author of A Practical Handbook for the Actor. Andrea is a well-known face on the Sydney stage, having performed over the last 22 years for STC, Griffin, Ensemble, Marion Street, and in countless television shows and films.