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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
For 19 seasons, Company One Theatre has situated itself as a home for social and artistic liberation by working to unite the city’s diverse communities through socially provocative performance and by facilitating the emergence of civically engaged artists.
In the summer of 1998, six graduates of Clark University in 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 in the fall of the same year.
Since then, Company One has become a nationally renowned, award-winning theatre company in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. By establishing a dedicated space for marginalized and alternative narratives to thrive, Company One has become a leader in the ongoing conversations that continue to define the era of social change in contemporary America. Consistently recognized for groundbreaking artistic excellence and for championing What’s Next in American theatre, Company One has been instrumental in attracting audiences that reflect the ever-evolving face and rich diversity of our society. Our Stage One education programming uses theatre as a vehicle for freedom of expression, increased self confidence, and cultural awareness, working in seven Boston public schools and offering a full year employment program for teens.
Rooted in uplifting oft-unheard voices, Company One’s continued innovations in production and their commitment to creativity have established them as an inspired, inventive voice in the Boston theatre community and beyond. Our artistic programming has consistently been praised by the local and national media, and has been the recipient of 18 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 “Best Fringe Theatre Company,” in both 2015 and 2017, an honor we were awarded by DigBoston in 2014 as well. 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.” We have also been named “Boston’s Best Theatre” by the Improper Bostonian multiple times.
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.”
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