Mission & History
The Gloucester Stage Company’s mission is to present professional productions of intellectually stimulating and socially relevant theater, provide a nurturing work environment in an inspirational setting for artists of exceptional talent, enrich the greater theater landscape by introducing audiences to new work, and contribute to the cultural and educational development of Cape Ann.
Gloucester Stage Company was co-founded in 1979 by Geoff Richon, Denny Blodget, and Israel Horovitz as a “safe harbor for playwrights and new plays.” For its first seven seasons, the company performed at the historic Blackburn Tavern in downtown Gloucester.
In 1987, Gorton’s Seafood Company generously offered GSC a long-term residence in its building in East Gloucester on Smith’s Cove adjacent the galleries and restaurants of Rocky Neck, the oldest art colony in the United States. A former Gorton’s warehouse, the two-story brick building has served as the permanent home of the Gloucester Stage Company ever since. The theater seats up to 190 guests on three sides of a thrust stage. During its first twenty seasons, Gloucester Stage successfully realized its mission with the production of more than 32 World premieres, 6 American premieres, and 17 New England premieres.
Plays developed at Gloucester Stage have gone on to critical and popular acclaim on Broadway, off-Broadway, across the United States, and around the world. The Company has received numerous awards and citations including several Elliot Norton Awards (awarded by The Boston Theater Critic’s Association) for individual productions and performances and a New England Theater Conference Award. In 1986 Mr. Horovitz was honored as the fourth recipient (following Peter Altman, Peter Sellars, and Robert Brustein) with Boston’s prestigious Elliot Norton Prize for his work with Gloucester Stage Company.
In 2014 actor and director Robert Walsh was chosen as Artistic Director by the Board of Directors and in 2015 he was joined by Jeff Zinn in the role of Managing Director. This leadership team has helped guide Gloucester Stage into the future, and continue to grow our mission impact in the Cape Ann community.
Diversity & Safety Statement
Gloucester Stage Company remains committed to providing a safe and secure environment for all of our volunteers, artists, and staff. We prohibit sexual harassment in all forms, providing clear procedures for reporting complaints about conduct, and following through with appropriate and timely disciplinary measures.
Gloucester Stage Company is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age, or veteran status.