About UsOur Mission, Our Company, Our 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 is committed today and in our coming seasons to engaging more Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) artists, staff, audience members, and vendors, and to presenting stories that are representative of a much greater and more diverse experience. We are prioritizing this work and will be increasing our transparency as we effect change now and in the years to come. Thank you to leaders in our Boston Artistic community and We See You W.A.T. for challenging organizations to take this time to grow.
Theater Safety Standards
We remain committed to providing a safe environment for all of our volunteers, artists, and staff. We are proud adopters of the Chicago Theatre Standards, and part of the #notinourhouse movement. We intend for our Company, by our actions and example, to help change the culture that, for so long, has allowed physical and emotional harm to take place in our industry. We remain vigilant in these processes and policies to ensure that Gloucester Stage is a place where people feel safe, are free to do their best work, and have the ability speak up without fear of reprisal.
About the Company
Gloucester Stage is Cape Ann’s premiere professional non-profit theater operating under the New England Area Theatres (NEAT) Actors Equity Association affiliation (as well as SDC and USA unions). Located in a century-old repurposed brick warehouse on the waterfront in Gloucester on Boston’s North Shore, the organization is led by Artistic Director, Robert Walsh and Managing Director Christopher Griffith. Entering the company’s 40th Season in 2019, GSC has developed diverse and loyal audiences searching for intellectually stimulating and socially relevant stories.
Gloucester Stage Company has established and continues to demonstrate a high standard of performance especially with world and regional premieres (within the first 20 seasons alone, the company successfully realized its mission with the production of more than 32 world premieres, 6 American premieres, and 17 New England premieres). The house size of 178 provides a unique, intimate experience as audiences are never more than five rows from the stage and the theater continues to benefit from generous support from the Shubert Foundation, Boston Foundation, and local donors, which reflects confidence in GSC’s cultural competency.
Accomplishments & Awards
GSC’s achievement has consistently been recognized over the years with numerous citations for the contributions to New England theater. Examples documenting the long history and variety of awards and nominations include: IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Awards for 2014 Best Actress/Drama to Jacqui Parker in Fences, and 2014 Best Actor to Dave Morrison in Fences. Additional examples include IRNE Best Play for 2012, for Master Harold and the Boys; IRNE Awards for the 2013 production of Driving Miss Daisy, for Best Actor Johnny Lee Davenport, and Best Actress Lindsay Crouse; IRNE Best Musical Award for Spring Awakening (2013 season). In the 2015 season, GSC was nominated for 9 IRNE awards, and GSC winners included Nael Nacer for Best Actor (Play-Midsize) for his performance in The Flick, and Derry Woodhouse for Best Supporting Actor (Play-Midsize) for his performance in The New Electric Ballroom. Also for the 2015 season, the Boston Theater Critics Association nominated GSC for 4 Elliot Norton Awards; one for Robert Walsh, Outstanding Actor/Small or Fringe Theater; and 3 nominations in the Small/Fringe Theater category for Enda Walsh’s play The New Electric Ballroom; (specifically Outstanding Production; Outstanding Director (Robert Walsh); and Outstanding Ensemble (Nancy E. Carroll, Marya Lowry, Adrienne Krstansky and Derry Woodhouse, which went on to win this award). For 2016, Lettice and Lovage (by Peter Shaffer) received an Elliot Norton nomination for Outstanding Production in a Small Theater, and Man in Snow received IRNE nominations for Best New Play and Best Lighting Design, along with 6 other IRNE nominations for acting and directing in 2016. Additional talent who has come through the historic doors includes Jermel Nakia (This Is Us), and the return to the stage for Academy Award winner Jill Clayburgh and her daughter, Lily Rabe (American Horror Story, Miss Stevens) where she received her Equity card