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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.
Company One is Boston’s theatre for the people. We are the intersection of art and social change. We will be a national leader for audience engagement, artist development, and the creation of new work that pushes boundaries by presenting issues and events critical to the progress of society. We maintain a sense of integrity, authenticity, and social responsibility to all people.
- Never be satisfied
- Diverse, socially conscious thinking
- Innovation and creative problem solving
- Artistic Excellence
- Development of the individual as part of the greater community
We value diversity, community engagement, collective decision-making, transparent communication, and mentorship.
Reason for Being: To Inspire Human Connection and Affect Social Change
Over the past 16 seasons, Company One Theatre has produced and mounted over 60 plays. Our artistic programming has consistently been praised by the local and national media, and has been the recipient of 12 Elliot Norton Awards and 10 Independent Reviewers of New England Awards since 2007. Our Education Programs have received the Mass Cultural Council’s Gold Star Award. In 2011, Company One received a National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing (The Tony Awards) calling us “One of the most inspiring and innovative theatre companies on our national landscape.”
In their annual Best Of issue, Boston Magazine named us 2015’s “Best Fringe Theatre Company,” an honor we we’re awarded by DigBoston in 2014, too. In 2013 we were awarded an Official Resolution by the Boston City Council for “Your countless contributions to Boston’s Art community and dedication to diversifying arts and theater in Boston,” as well as being named “Boston’s Best Theatre” by the Improper Bostonian.
This past year, the Boston Globe commended the organization on its 15th anniversary, saying “Company One has… established itself as a home for must-see theater… To attend one of their performances is often to feel yourself immersed in exuberance, with waves of energy pouring from the stage, usually reciprocated by an avidly enthusiastic audience that is far younger and more diverse than the Boston theater norm.”
In a recent review by WBUR/NPR, Company One Theatre’s unique audience demographics were praised: “You sense, at a Company One production, that the troupe is reaching out to audiences that other theaters aren’t, particularly young audiences. And the laughter that you hear… sounds like a new generation learning to love the theater.”
Company One was founded in the fall of 1998 to integrate Boston audiences, challenge the city’s social divides, and foster a new generation of theatre-makers and theatergoers. Since then, we have become a nationally renowned, award-winning theatre company in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. Our mission 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.
In the summer of 1998 six graduates of Clark University (Worcester, MA) set up artistic-camp on Great Diamond Island off the coast of Portland, Maine with a goal of creating an artistic home and a touring production. Their limited experience took a back seat to indefatigable dedication as, piece by piece, they built a foundation upon which Company One would later be founded. Touring with David Ives’ All In the Timing, they blazed a trail of box-office success through several major east-coast cities. Eager to continue working together, the members of “The Island Project” went on to found Company One.
Season 18: 2016-2017
Season 16: 2014-2015
Season 15: 2013-2014
Season 14: 2012-2013
Season 13: 2011-2012
Season 12: 2010-2011
Season 11: 2009-2010
Season 10: 2008-2009
Season 6: 2004-2005
Den of Thieves
103 Within The Veil
A Clockwork Orange
Season 5: 2003-2004
Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train
Season 4: 2002-2003
Truth & Beauty
Twilight: Los Angeles
Season 3: 2001-2002
Season 2: 2000-2001
Season 1: 1998-1999
Picasso at the Lapin Agile