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Actors’ Shakespeare Project
About: Actors’ Shakespeare Project believes Shakespeare’s words are urgently relevant to our times. Working as an ensemble of resident company members, we bring these words into the voices, bodies, and imaginations of our actors, audiences, and neighborhoods. We do this through creative projects, including intimate productions and outreach programs that are informed by the spaces in which they happen. These projects inspire civic dialogue, build relationships between people, strengthen communities, and reveal something about what it means to be human here and now.
Season: After the heart-rending tale of Othello (under the direction of Bridget Kathleen O’Leary) kicks off at The Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, Melia Bensussen will graciously return to the director’s chair for The Winter’s Tale, a strange and beautiful play perfect to share with all ages over the holiday season. Next, Artistic Director Allyn Burrows will direct Richard II with a small and powerful cast. In the spring, we will wrap up the season with a delightful romp of a comedy, The School for Scandal, at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge, under the director of company member Paula Plum.
American Repertory Theater
About: A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences.
Season: A season of adaptations, including:
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
Music and Libretto by Dave Malloy
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
Conceived, Written, and Adapted by Mark Rylance & Louis Jenkins
Directed by Claire van Kampen
Featuring Mark Rylance
By George Orwell
A New Adaptation Created by Robert Icke & Duncan Macmillan
Presented in association with Headlong, Almeida Theatre, & Nottingham Playhouse
Created by the TEAM
Directed by Rachel Chavkin
IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD
Written & Performed by Eve Ensler
Directed by Diane Paulus
Apollinaire Theatre Company
About: ArtsEmerson programming is a reflection of our values to bring a wide array of cultural options to the city that include theatre, film and music while constantly listening to our community through civic-minded activity that seeks to invite everyone in Boston to our venues.
Season: Our 2015/16 Season invites you to be part of something wholly eclectic and entirely ArtsEmerson. We'll experience diverse cultures, multiple languages and unexpected musical forms; we'll crack open the classics, travel to new lands and even battle space aliens. Together, we'll continue to discover the world on stage and screen, celebrating that being different isn't just okay, it might just be the best thing ever.
Bad Habit Productions
About: Bad Habit Productions, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre dedicated to creating dynamic, innovative productions. We celebrate literary merit, examine human nature, and explore imaginative design. BHP is committed to providing audiences with high quality, professional theatre experiences that are accessible and affordable. We foster new talent in the Boston theatre scene, thereby encouraging a vibrant, connected environment for artists while enriching the Boston arts community.
Boston BeauTease Burlesque
About: The Boston BeauTease re-create a Golden Age of burlesque that never really was.
Season: Unlike many theater companies, we perform all year 'round. Staples of our calendar include the disturbing long-form burlesque play The Wrathskellar in October, the annual Great Burlesque Exposition (10th year! Feb 5-7, 2016), a Valentine's Day show, Harburlsque Boston's only weekly burlesque show (on a harbor cruise!), and more.
Boston Center for American Performance
About: BCAP is the professional production extension of the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, designed to foster significant interaction between members of the professional performing arts world and the College. BCAP employs professional artists to collaborate directly with student artists in a way that encourages intergenerational learning not only through the forging of strong teacher/student relationships, but through the creation of artistic collaborations between artists of differing levels of experience.
Season: Shelagh Delaney's A TASTE OF HONEY; Robert Brustein's EXPOSED, a new play co-produced with Boston Playwrights' Theatre; and the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge's BALTIMORE, co-presented with New Repertory Theatre.
Boston Center for the Arts
Boston Children's Theatre
About: Boston Children’s Theatre’s (BCT) mission is to provide access to exceptional theatrical experiences dedicated to fostering the artistic and personal development of diverse youth, with a focus on professional training and the development of new works.
Season: The 2015-2016 Season focuses on new classics for children, World Premiere of CAPS FOR SALE, 7th Season of VELVETEEN RABBIT, New England Premiere of FANCY NANCY.
Boston Lyric Opera
About: The mission of Boston Lyric Opera is to build curiosity, enthusiasm, and support for opera by creating musically and theatrically compelling productions, events, and educational resources for our community and beyond. We produce opera in all forms, large to small, popular to lesser known, from early music to newly-commissioned works.
Season: With a distinct French flavor, spiced by influences from New Wave films to student revolutionaries, Boston Lyric Opera’s four productions for the 2015/2016 Season comprise all-new BLO productions of both popular classics and works not seen often in Boston: Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème, Philip Glass’ In the Penal Colony, Jules Massenet’s Werther and Lehár's The Merry Widow.
Boston Playwrights' Theatre
About: Support and produce new plays.
Season: Derek Walcott Celebration plus new adaptations/plays by Robert Brustein, Melinda Lopez, and Wes Savick.
Boston Public Works Theater Company
About: Boston Public Works Theater Company is a band of playwrights who is going to forego the traditional routes for play development and produce one play by each of us, putting the power of production in the hands of the playwright.
Season: Three original works. Hard and Fast: a love story, by Jess Foster; Citizens of the Empire: A Space Opera, by Kevin Mullens; and Unsafe, by Jim Dalglish.
Boston Theater Company
About: Boston Theater Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to preserving the messages and historical language of classical scripts while making them accessible for modern audiences. The three prongs of our mission are gender-blind casting, an innovative approach to our texts, and a robust education program. Casting regardless of gender allows us to always cast the most talented actors, and makes classical texts equally accessible for actors of all genders. Our approach to our texts involves rearranging dialogue and combining roles in order to tell classical stories dynamically while preserving the remaining original text. Finally, we offer educational programs for children of various ages, all based on the belief that theater and creative drama can unlock a child’s creativity and confidence. BTC consists of a team of young Boston-based artists who are passionate about collaboration, classical texts, and creating art in fresh ways.
Season: Upcoming we are producing a documentary play titled, Finish Line. This piece is designed to honor and remember those affected by the Marathon in 2013, this production will also focus on what followed in the ensuing months. It will end when survivors, runners and others crossed - or stood and cheered at - the finish line in 2014.
Over the past months a team interviewers have conducted over 90 interviews with survivors, runners, EMTs, doctors, police officers, students, journalist and clergy. Some notable interviews include, Police Commissioner William Evans, Chair of the department of Emergency medicine at Brigham and women (during the time of the bombings) Dr. Ron Allen, iconic photographer John Tlumacki, Fox 25 News Anchor Maria Stephanos, previous Marathon winner and Dana Farber team coach Jack Fultz, Executive Director of StageSource Julie Hennrikus and the CEO of 'Life is Good' John Jacobs.
BTC creative team will piece together the 90+ interviews for our fully produced production in April 2016.
Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston
About: Bridge Rep connects actors to audiences, artists to artists, and the theatre to the city.
Season: Salome by Oscar Wilde; The Launch Prize by MJ Halberstadt; Mud Blue Sky by Marisa Wegrzyn.
Broadway In Boston
About: Broadway In Boston is Boston’s leading theatrical presenter and producer of Broadway since 1984. For the past 29 years, more than six million theatergoers have experienced over 250 Broadway In Boston productions in many of the city’s historic theatres including the Boston Opera House and the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre. Long-running sensations and Boston favorites, Blue Man Group and Shear Madness continue their successful runs at the Charles Playhouse, a Broadway In Boston venue. Broadway In Boston is part of the Broadway Across America network.
Season: The Lexus Broadway In Boston Season includes The Book Of Mormon, Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella, Beautiful - The Carole King Musical, Beauty And The Beast, Pippin, The Sound Of Music, Matilda, and If/Then.
Brown Box Theatre Project
About: Brown Box Theatre's mission is to bring high-quality theatre to communities that otherwise lack access to the performing arts. The constant goal in all our programming is to bring down barriers that separate potential audiences from live theatre and to introduce the performing arts to the widest audience possible.
November 2015 - LAB RATS by Patrick Gabridge (World Premiere)
February 2016 - BOXER SHORTS II (an evening of short plays, titles TBA)
May 2016 - BRILLIANT TRACES by Cindy Lou Johnson
Summer 2016 - CYMBELINE by William Shakespeare
Cape & Islands Theater Coalition
Central Square Theater
About: Central Square Theater is a state-of-the-art theatrical arts facility where audiences find, under one roof, the distinctive repertoires of two award-winning, professional companies, The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater as well as collaborative projects drawing on their creative synergy. As the first permanent home for both theater companies, Central Square Theater is a vibrant hub of theatrical, educational, and social activity, where artists and audiences come together to create theater vital to the community. Central Square Theater was recognized in The Boston Foundation as one of “the organizations that has contributed to making Greater Boston one of the most culturally rich cities in the world.”
Charlestown Working Theater/Theatre on Fire
About: The Charlestown Working Theater was founded on the idea that a theater and a community can engage in a dialogue which results in creative, artistic expression, an exchange of ideas, and a deeper understanding of the people who make up the community. CWT has maintained this philosophy throughout its history and has remained dedicated to serving the cultural needs of Charlestown and greater Boston.
Theatre on Fire produces hot, high-quality plays that take you out of your comfort zone without going over your head. We don't do cute and we don't do boring. We present shows that you want to see, whether you're a theatre geek or have never seen a play in your life. TOF is great theatre, for you.
Citi Performing Arts Center
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
About: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is dedicated to performing the works of William Shakespeare in vital and contemporary productions that are presented free of charge to Boston’s diverse communities, and to educating Boston’s youth not only about Shakespeare but also about their own potential for creativity.
Company One Theatre
About: The mission of Company One Theatre is to change the face of Boston theatre by uniting the city’s diverse communities through innovative, socially provocative performance and developing civically engaged artists.
About: Emerson Stage is the producing organization of Emerson College’s Department of Performing Arts. Here, the next generation of actors, designers, stage managers, technicians and educators work side-by-side with faculty, professional staff, and visiting artists to bring skills learned in the classroom to vibrant life on stage.
For audiences and artists alike, our productions represent an opportunity to engage with a diverse range of stories and perspectives. We experiment with movement, language, light and sound to best communicate the storytelling experience; we seek playwrights that reflect not just the world as we know it, but as it could “or should” be. At Emerson Stage, this season you’ll find work that ranges from Spanish Golden Age sagas to new works written by Emerson students drama that provokes, delights, and inspires; engages and educates as it entertains.
Season: Our 2015-16 Season includes six plays, two musicals, and a new works festival. These shows offer Emerson students more than 120 opportunities to perform, 100 positions in design, 70 production positions, 50 management roles, and countless other opportunities to perfect their skills, build their resumes, and deepen their understanding of their craft and the role theater plays in enriching our culture and community. The season's shows include:
O Beautiful -- by Theresa Rebeck, directed by Benny Sato Ambush, Oct 1-4, 2015
The Spitfire Grill -- Books and Music by James Valcq, Lyrics and Book by Fred Alley, directed by Spiro Veloudos, Oct 15-18, 2015
Life is a Dream / La Vida Es Sueno -- by Pablo Calderon de la Barca, translated and directed by Melia Bensussen, Oct 29-Nov 1, 2015
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane -- adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo by Dwayne Hartford, directed by Robert Colby, Nov 21-22, 2015
Lizzie Stranton -- by Lydia Diamond, directed by Lee Mikeska Gardner, Feb 4-7, 2016
Richard III -- by William Shakespeare, directed by Maureen Shea, Feb 18-21, 2016
NewFest New Works Festival -- playwrights TBD, Mar 17-Apr 3, 2016
Guys and Dolls -- Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, music by Frank Loesser, Directed by Scott LaFeber, Apr 14-17, 2016
Fiddlehead Theatre Company
About: Fiddlehead’s mission is a journey of taking a fresh look at each show and bringing our audiences new productions that they won't see anywhere else.
With strong new directional and visual concepts, our shows keep the integrity of the original with a new twist. We produce big Broadway classics with very exceptional production values.
Season: West Side Story, Disney's A Little Mermaid, Rent and Show Boat
Flat Earth Theatre
About: Flat Earth Theatre is a collaborative of artists actively developing an egalitarian theatre company. Engaging both artist and audience, we create an ever-evolving theatre experience that is both accessible and distinct.
Season: For our 10th anniversary season, Flat Earth explores three outsider stories that range all across the map, but converge on the difficulty, drama, and tragedy of looking in from the perimeter. In March, you will find us at the brink of adolescent sexuality with the East Coast premier of Gina Young’s TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE LESBO, directed by Mariagrazia LaFauci. Then we’re way out on the fringes of a presidential marketing conspiracy with Patrick Gabridge’s BLINDERS, directed by Korinne T. Ritchey in June. Finally, you’ll find us where the world of war bleeds into the world of childhood in THE SOUND OF CRACKING BONES by Suzanne Lebeau, directed by Lindsay Eagle.
Fresh Ink Theatre Company
About: Fresh Ink Theatre Company is committed to developing new work with theatre artists in the New England area. We seek to empower writers with the tools to craft plays that showcase their creative vision, and we challenge the Boston community to engage in the evolution of dynamic new work as it transforms from first draft to first production, and beyond.
We value artistic excellence, institutional transparency, community involvement and ongoing collaboration.
Season: This season's fully produced productions include Not About My Mother by Lizzie Milanovich, The Housekeeper by Ginger Lazarus, and That Time The House Burned Down by MJ Halberstadt. This season's Ink Spots include readings of The Vow Keepers by David Valdes Greenwood and Rabbit Rabbit by by Katie Grindeland.
Gloucester Stage Company
Hub Theatre Company of Boston
About: We are a non-profit professional theatre company based in Boston, MA. Our mission is to cultivate a truly diverse audience spanning all ages, cultures, races, and socioeconomic levels through Pay-What-You-Can ticketing.
Season: We will be closing our 2015 season this falls with a production of The Love of the Nightingale by Timberlake Wertenbaker directed by Rebecca Bradshaw. And stay tuned for to find out what we have in store for season 4!
Huntington Theatre Company
About: The Huntington Theatre Company engages, inspires, entertains and challenges audiences with theatrical productions that range from the classics to new works; we train and support the next generation of theatre artists; we provide arts education programs that promote life-long learning to a diverse community; and we celebrate the essential power of the theatre to illuminate our common humanity.
Season: The Huntington's 34th season is ambitious and highly entertaining, filled with stories told on a grand-scale and intimate new work from some of the most successful and respected writer currently working in the American theatre. Our season includes:
- A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
- A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES
- HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED
- CAN YOU FORGIVE HER?
- I WAS MOST ALIVE WITH YOU
About: Imaginary Beasts is an incubator for adventurous theatre making. We provide our members a unique chance to explore and develop theatre in an ongoing studio environment. Devoted to pushing the boundaries of how theatre is made and who can make it, we bring together traditional and non-traditional performance artists to produce work for an eclectic public.
Season: This season the beasts are in studio developing me*nag*er*ie, an original work inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’ The Book of Imaginary Beings. Audiences will be able to share in our process when we present our work at the Charlestown Working Theatre on November 13 and 14. The premiere of me*nag*er*ie will take place in spring, 2016. Of course our season would not be complete without our annual Winter Panto! This year we take our audiences somewhere over the rainbow when we put a topsy-turvy spin on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, playing January 8-30 at the Plaza Black Box Theatre, at the Boston Center for the Arts.
About: Improbable Players set the stage for prevention by educating the public about addiction prevention and the many possibilities of recovery through performances and theater workshops presented and taught by young actors in long-term recovery - that help people recognize situations in their own lives and seek the help they need.
Season: Touring a repertoire of four different plays - including the newest that addresses the opioid epidemic - to schools, colleges, conferences, and community events.
About: ImprovBoston serves the community through laughter. With a regular performance selection of New England’s premiere improv, sketch, and standup and an acclaimed comedy training program, the theater dedicates itself to inspiring, developing and sharing comedy in all its forms. Through exploring the many important applications of the creative process, ImprovBoston seeks to improve the lives of diverse audiences both onstage and off.
For over 30 years, ImprovBoston has been New England's leading theater and school dedicated to the art of comedy in all its forms. Voted "Best of Boston" by The Phoenix, The Improper Bostonian, and The Weekly Dig, ImprovBoston performers, teachers and students have included film stars, Emmy Award-winning comedians, and acclaimed producers, directors, musicians and writers. ImprovBoston alumni are featured on The Daily Show, America's Got Talent, Funniest Wins, Real Time with Bill Maher, Last Comic Standing and John Oliver's Last Week Tonight, to name a few. In 2014, the Independent Reviewers of New England honored ImprovBoston with an award recognizing its longstanding contributions to the Boston theater community. As a nonprofit arts organization, ImprovBoston serves the community through laughter with youth outreach programs, workshops for businesses, scholarships, a national touring company and, of course, performances at its theater complex in Central Square, Cambridge.
In Good Company
About: In Good Company creates engaging, original musical theater inspired by stories from American history and culture. The ensemble of adults, teens, and children presents performances throughout New England and school programs in the Greater Boston area.
Lyric Stage Company of Boston
About: The Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston's oldest professional theatre company, produces entertaining, challenging, and provocative theatrical productions of varying genres and styles that reach a wide variety of audiences through reasonable ticket prices and outreach programs. We are committed to supporting and nurturing the talents of Boston-area theatre artists through employment, training, and development opportunities
Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company
About: We are a Boston Fringe Theatre Company committed to telling stories about women: where we are, where we were, and where we are going. We are committed to giving opportunities to female theater artists, onstage and off, by having at least 51% female involvement in all aspects. We focus on plays that tell women's stories, past, present, and future, in the hopes of breaking down stereotypes, breaking through barriers, and reaching a more equal world.
Season: MPTC is proud to present its Fall production and first NEW PLAY: Miss Penitentiary by Laura Neubauer directed by Alyce Householter. In the International Penitentiary for the Individually Incarcerated, all the inmates are guilty of the same charge. Their crime? They were born women, and there is only one way to freedom, by winning the annual jailhouse beauty pageant. But this year, one inmate seeks a less conventional way out. Neubauer creates a rousing world of intrigue and self-discovery that makes one question, how do we escape our own prisons?
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
About: Merrimack Repertory Theatre aims to advance the cause of human understanding through the art of theater.
Season: Sean Daniels' inaugural season as MRT's Artistic Director is marked by hope, humor, and redemption. It includes three world premieres, the launch of a national tour, two regional premieres, and the return of a holiday show. Two productions will also be moving to New York after their runs in Lowell.
About: Moonbox Productions strives to produce exceptional quality theater with artists and technicians local to the Boston area, and to increase awareness of and support for local non profit organizations.
Fall 2015: Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park at the BCA Plaza Theatre, Nov 20-Dec 13
Spring 2016: Michael John LaChiusa's The Wild Party at the Roberts Studio Theatre, April 15 - May 1
New England Fun
About: New England Fun is the parent company of a variety of different entertainment ventures, including the Mystery Cafe, ComedySportz Boston, Haunted Dinner Theater, and Dining in the Dark. We have helped clients harness the power of laughter for almost 30 years by offering unique concepts and original performances. Our regularly scheduled shows are performed all around New England, and they are appropriate for audiences of all ages. We are even available for private performances!
New Repertory Theatre
About: New Repertory Theatre is the award-winning, professional theatre company in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA. As a leading self-producing theatre in greater Boston, New Rep produces contemporary and classic dramas, comedies, and musicals in both the 340-seat Charles Mosesian Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater. Annually, New Rep serves 45,000-50,000 patrons, including over 2,200 season subscribers. In addition to its main programming, the non-profit theatre produces New Rep’s Next Voices, with four playwrights each season, which develops new plays into three staged readings and one world premiere production. Under its Lifelong Enrichment Arts Programs (LEAP), New Rep also produces its Classic Repertory Company, summerSTAGE2, Page To Stage, Insider Experiences, and Spotlight Symposium Series.
Open Theatre Project
About: Open Theatre Project was formed to transform lives and build thriving communities through high-quality theatrical experiences. We are dedicated to providing artistic opportunities which allow the expression of diverse ideas to traditional and non-traditional audiences.
Our work is defined by the passion of individual artists in partnership with the culture of professionalism and collaboration we build around each of our creative endeavors.
We welcome all backgrounds, skill levels, and perspectives in order to broaden voices in theater with a particular focus on developing opportunities for women, people of color, LGBTQ and the elderly.
Season: We have a series of work consisting of new play development, SLAM Boston Diverse Voices in Theatre, and multi arts festival events.
Our Voices Festival
About: Our Voices Festival aims to support Women Playwrights to develop writing for the stage.
Season: 9th Annual Our Voices Annual Festival, a day of workshop development and staged readings by Boston area Women Playwrights; also, an evening of staged monologues by female playwrights; free & open the public.
The Playwrights' Platform
About: The Playwrights’ Platform is a non-profit Boston-area cooperative of playwrights, directors, and resident actors. For almost forty years, the Platform has helped develop new theater in greater Boston by providing a forum to explore the process of creating new dramatic work. We hold regular readings of new works and each summer we produce an annual festival of new plays written by our talented members.
Season: Twice a month, from September through May, the group presents readings of new works by local playwrights at our meetings, which are free and open to the public. Each reading is followed by a lively discussion and feedback session. New members are welcomed and encouraged to participate through submitting plays or simply by attending readings. The Platform’s annual Summer Festival gives selected plays an opportunity for workshop-level staged production in a professional-quality theatre, allowing the scripts fuller development and exposure, and offering Boston audiences the opportunity to be part of the process of creating new dramatic work. Please explore our site to learn more about us, find out about our upcoming events, and learn how you can be a part of our ongoing success! See more at: http://playwrightsplatform.org.
Priscilla Beach Theatre
About: Recently renovating and reopening our historic barn theatre, we want to introduce ourselves to the Boston area Theater scene. Spring 2016, we will be auditioning for our resident company theatre who will reside on our theatre campus and be a part of Summer Stock.
Season: For Summer 2016, Priscilla Beach Theatre will be producing A Chorus Line in July and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum in August.
About: Puppet Showplace Theater is New England’s favorite puppetry destination. Each year, we present over 300 performances by professional puppet companies at our Brookline Village theater. Our touring shows travel to schools, libraries, and cultural centers throughout the Northeast region. We offer workshops, classes, summer camps, and training opportunities to both children and adults, and we partner with emerging artists to develop new work. After 40 years of operations, our theater has become a treasured cultural institution. Puppet Showplace is run by an experienced staff and volunteer board of trustees. We are supported by contributions from individual donors, local businesses, and foundation and government grants. From children’s birthday party performances to provocative Puppets at Night shows, our programming is designed to reach a large and diverse audience.
Season: Mainstage: Fall Fairy Tale Festival, Animal Superstars a series of stories that feature famous creatures, Puppets Around the World series, New Year, New Shows featuring a world premiere performance by our resident artist, Marionette Festival, Puppet Playtime: an interactive show with live music for toddlers, and Puppets at Night: a series of evening performances for adult including our Puppet Slam events every other month.
About: Regent Theatre provides a wide variety of high quality live entertainment in an intimate, historic, comfortable theater setting with excellent acoustics and stage lighting.
Season: Among the concert and theatrical events we are offering: Ricky Nelson Remembered, Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra Performs Jesus Christ Superstar, The von Trapps in Concert, and My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish, and I'm Home for the Holidays.
About: Revels engages today's audiences in theatrical and musical experiences that bring the world's cultural traditions and celebrations to life.
Season: Major events include Sept. 20: Revels RiverSing, a free community celebration of the Autumnal Equinox along the Charles River in Cambridge; Dec. 11-27: The Christmas Revels: A Welsh Celebration of the Winter Solstice at Sanders Theatre, Cambridge; Also, Salons, Pub Sings, a Twelfth Night Celebration in January, Spring Sing: A Family Celebration of the Vernal Equinox; and an annual collaboration with Perkins School for the Blind: A Celebration of Spring to be held at the end of May.
Screen Actors Guild Foundation's New England BookPALS
About: It's a day like any other at the Shear Madness salon, when suddenly the lady upstairs get knocked off. WHOdunit? Join the fun as the audience matches wits with the suspects to catch the killer at this wildly popular comedy. Shear Madness has audiences laughing around the world. Boston is the original.
Solas Nua in Boston
About: Solas Nua is the only organization in the U.S. dedicated to promoting contemporary Irish arts. Since June 2014, Solas Nua in Boston has been presenting free staged readings of the best in Irish playwriting at The Burren in Davis Square, Somerville. We have worked with over 50 of the finest actors in the Boston area, have been featured on Dig Boston and WGBH, and won the Opus Affair Punch Bowl fund. We are presently fundraising for our first full production in 2016.
Season: Pending fundraising goals, we are hoping to do three shows in 2016, with a first show in the Spring.
SpeakEasy Stage Company
About: SpeakEasy Stage Company stages Boston premieres and champion local talent. We connect Boston audiences and artists by producing relevant, intimate, and surprising theatre.
Season: Two powerhouse musicals DOGFIGHT and VIOLET; two explosive Off-Broadway plays APPROPRIATE and BOOTYCANDY; and the New England debut of Harvey Fierstein’s acclaimed comic-drama CASA VALENTINA are set for SpeakEasy Stage Company’s 2015-16 Year, the company’s 25th Anniversary Season.
About: The mission of Stoneham Theatre is to keep the art of professional theatre and dramatic education thriving in the suburbs.
Theater Offensive, Inc.
About: The Theater Offensive’s Mission is to present the diversity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender lives in art so bold it breaks through personal isolation, challenges the status quo, and builds thriving communities.
Season: THE MISSING GENERATION is a new dance-theater work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic. This powerful show is a love letter to a forgotten generation of survivors - those who witnessed and experienced the loss of part of an entire generation of gay and transgender people to AIDS in the 1980s and 1990s. Sean Dorsey is an award-winning transgender and queer choreographer who has toured his work to 25 cities across the US.
Theatre Community Benevolent Fund
About: TCBF provides financial relief in a confidential, respectful manner to individual and non-profit organizational members of StageSource facing extreme illness, catastrophic acts of nature, and other events such vandalism/theft, and who have limited or no resources with which to handle such occurrences. The fund recognizes the essential value of artists and arts organizations to society, and treats all applicants with dignity, discretion, and compassion.
Touch Performance Art
About: ToUch Performance Art is a full service production company dedicated to the creation and production of artistic works, events, and customized immersive experiences. We specialize in art direction, show design, and event design, as well as creative consulting. At our events, we create high quality, innovative, and unique performances by integrating music, theatre, dance, circus arts, visual arts, and technology.
Season: New work at OBERON/A.R.T.: Generation Y - lab performance on 9/16; workshop performance on 12/8, 12/9 and 12/10; World Premiere Feb-March. AcousticaElectronica at OBERON/A.R.T.- Limited run 12/15, 2/12 and 3/25
Trinity Repertory Company
About: Featuring one of the last long-standing resident acting companies in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of 120,000.
Season: Societies are often unkind to individuals who stand up for truth, who push back against the dominant culture and forge their own paths. Trinity Rep’s 52nd season weaves a piercing collection of classic and modern adventures about these visionaries, risk-takers and nonconformists, revealing that as far as our society has come, we haven’t yet come far enough.
The Umbrella Community Arts Center
Season: True West, Bonnie and Clyde, Oleanna, Hair.
About: Theatre for everyone that benefits women and girls. Based in Berkshire County, Massachusetts, WAM Theatre was co-founded in 2010 by Canadian director, actor, educator, and producer Kristen van Ginhoven to create professional theatrical events for everyone, with a focus on women theatre artists and/or stories of women and girls.
WAM Theatre also has a philanthropic mission, inspired by the book Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and donates a portion of the proceeds from its theatrical events to organizations that benefit women and girls.
Over the past five years, WAM Theatre has donated more than $15,000 to seven nonprofit organizations and provided paid work to more than 100 theatre artists. In addition to the main stage productions and special events, WAM Theatre’s activities include a comprehensive educational outreach program and the Fresh Takes Play Reading Series. For more information, visit WAMTheatre.com
Season: Fresh Takes Play Reading Series curated by Molly Clancy April-September; Holy Laughter by Catherine Trieschmann, presented Oct 28-Nov 22, directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian - first developmental workshop production.
Education Outreach project including the launch of a new devising Girls Ensemble- Sept-Dec; Staged Reading tour of Lauren Gunderson's Emilie: La Marquise Du Chatelet Defends her life tonight, Feb.
Wax Wings Productions
About: We are a group of actors, directors, designers and playwrights who came together seeking to create theatre that explores the deepest truths within Human Nature, and how they affect our choices. Elia Kazan, acclaimed director and actor wisely said in his Actor’s Vow that “…The best and most human parts of me are those I have inhabited and hidden from the world. I will work on it. I will raise my voice. I will be heard.” It is our mission to create theatre that excites, provokes and stimulates our audiences, while pursuing those “hidden” elements within our deepest selves.
Season: A new play November 2015, The Man From Willow's Brook, Outdoor Greek Theater Summer 2016.
Wellesley Repertory Theatre
About: The idea of a “company” has long been a dream held by the director. The mission statement puts forth this concept: Putting together a diverse group of people that interacts, moves in sync, sometimes in competition, but always working toward a common goal is essentially organic. It is as complex or as simple as our own families. The success of families, or theatre companies, is in how well each member’s personal strengths and weaknesses are utilized or overcome. In this spirit the emotional power of a dramatic endeavor comes together “knowing each other so well over the years that the individuals form a highly efficient artistic entity. Maturity and growth happens as you work day in and day out with the same people toiling toward a common goal.”
Season: January 7 - 31 2016, The House of Blue Leaves by John Guare directed by Marta Rainer
May 26 - June 26, 2016, Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) directed by Nora Hussey
Wheelock Family Theatre
About: Wheelock Family Theatre is a professional, Equity theatre founded on the principles of education and inclusion for artists, students, and the audience.
Season: The 35th season features stories based on literature that are multi-layered and offer extraordinary artistic challenges and dynamic casting possibilities. The season dramatizes classic stories that illustrate our need to recognize important relationships, nurture and tend to their growth, and inspire camaraderie and develop friendships.
The Wilbury Theatre Group
About: The Wilbury Theatre Group is an ever-evolving collaboration of artists committed to creating the highest quality professional theatre. Founded on the belief that quality theatre should be an affordable and accessible means of enrichment to the community; The Wilburys strive to create work that will simultaneously engage, inspire, and provoke-thought among audiences.
Season: New works and reimagined classics, our 2015/16 season includes exciting new plays from up and coming writers, world premieres, and reinvigorated plays you may think you've seen before.
About: Winthrop Playmakers is a non-profit theater company dedicated to presenting quality theatrical productions at affordable prices in order to keep live theater accessible to the community at large. We strive to promote and foster a safe, enriching, enjoyable experience and a sense of genuine community among our board of directors, performers, audiences, donors and all supporters, in order to be a vital contributor to arts and to Winthrop and its surrounding towns.
Season: The Winthrop Playmakers will be producing three main productions during the 2015-16 season. Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show which is filled with rock 'n' roll, scientific mayhem, and sexual exploration will be running Oct 8-10 and 15-17, presented with dinner pre-show and dessert at intermission. A great way to start off the Halloween Season! We return in the spring with Michael Cristofer's drama The Shadow Box which explores how individuals and families cope with the impending death of a loved one - including the person who is dying. Performances will run April 21-24. We conclude with the 1959 musical theater favorite Gypsy with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurents. Performances will be June 18-19 and 23-26.
Arts & Business Council of Greater Boston
About: The mission of the A&BC is to strengthen a vibrant arts community by providing quality direct legal and business services and ongoing educational programs--some of which have existed for over 30 years--to the creative community within Massachusetts. Programs include business training for artists and creative entrepreneurs, pro bono legal services through the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, nonprofit board service training and placement through Business on Board, microlending, fiscal agency, estate and legacy planning, human resources support, insurance programs, and corporate art lending partnerships.
About: ArtsBoston is a champion for Greater Boston’s arts and cultural institutions and a collaborative partner for public, private, and nonprofit leaders who seek to engage more deeply with the region’s arts and cultural sector. We gather, analyze, and disseminate data that provides a window into the significance of arts and cultural organizations to the region. We also help those organizations build their audiences and work more productively and effectively.
In the 40 years since our founding, we have become a more powerful voice for our sector and a positive force for the region. We remain committed to our original mission: to enrich the lives of our citizenry by connecting people of every age and background with the arts and cultural organizations that call Greater Boston home.
About: MASSCreative empowers creative organizations and the public with a powerful voice that brings the attention and resources necessary to build vibrant, creative communities.
About: StageSource provides leadership and services to advance the art of theater in the Greater Boston region. Our mission is to unite theater artists, theater companies, and related organizations in vision and goals that inspire and empower our community to realize its greatest artistic potential. StageSource is dedicated to: Increasing cultural participation through advocacy, communication, and education; Providing information, initiatives, and resources to established and emerging theater artists and organizations in the areas of employment, professional development, and institutional growth; Fostering access and nondiscrimination in the belief that theater should shape, as well as be shaped by, the diversity of the community it represents.