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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.


Core Values

  • 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 15 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 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. In 2014 we were named “Boston’s Best Fringe Theater” by The Weekly Dig.

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 6: 2004-2005

Season 5: 2003-2004

  • Lost City

  • Boston Fringe

  • Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train

Season 4: 2002-2003

  • Truth & Beauty

  • Twilight: Los Angeles

  • Pan

Season 3: 2001-2002

  • Rash Acts

  • Chestnut Street

  • Love’s Fire

Season 2: 2000-2001

  • Triptych

  • The Illusion

  • Nearlymen

Season 1: 1998-1999

  • Out Cry

  • Picasso at the Lapin Agile

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Company One Theatre:
539 Tremont St., Suite 202
Boston, MA 02116
Tel: 617.292.7110
Fax: 617.307.4475Box Office:
Tel: 617.933.8600