Mission Statement

Northern Stage is a regional non-profit professional theater that seeks to entertain, challenge, and involve its audiences with ambitious productions and expansive educational programs. Based in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, Northern Stage brings national and area talent together on an intimate stage in diverse classic, contemporary, and new plays and musicals.

The History of Northern Stage

Northern Stage is an award-winning, fully professional regional theater company that operates under a LORT-D contract with Actors’ Equity Association and also maintains contractual relationships with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and United Scenic Artists, Local USA-829 of IATSE. The company produces a six-show main stage season each year from October through May. Northern Stage also offers educational vacation and summer camps for children ages 6-14 as well as numerous outreach programs that seek to involve the greater community. Northern Stage is a member of Theater Communications Group.

Since its founding in 1997 by Brooke Ciardelli, Northern Stage has offered over 100 productions, including World Premieres such as The Shrew Tamer, Ovid: Tales of Myth & Magic, Take Two, and A Christmas Carol: The Musical. American premieres include The Strange Passenger and Damascus, and regional premieres include Wit, Stones In His Pockets and Enigma Variations. Other highlights include a staged reading of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Patrick Stewart and Lisa Harrow and a reading of Resurrection Blues, with the playwright, Pulitzer Prize winner Arthur Miller, in attendance. The company has won the Moss Hart Award for Excellence in Theater for Best Professional Production from the New England Theatre Conference for productions of To Kill A Mockingbird (1999) and Les Misérables (2008). Our actors include top New York professionals and outstanding young artists from the Upper Valley.

In 2007, in collaboration with Dartmouth College, the company developed and performed The “O” Myths, based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which featured Dartmouth College students and professional actors from the U.S., Mexico and Zimbabwe. Other collaborators include Pentangle Arts Council, Opera North, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Saint Michael’s Playhouse (Burlington), Weston Playhouse, New London Barn Playhouse, Open door Ensemble (New England College) and Colby-Sawyer College, as well as numerous elementary, middle and high schools throughout the Upper Valley.

Northern Stage’s Theater Education Program offers professional theater training for ages 4 and up, including weekly classes, week-long school vacation programs and multi-week summer camps in acting, musical theater, Shakespeare, voice, dance, directing and more. Northern Stage also provides area schools with in-school workshops and residencies and offers school-day matinees of mainstage productions at discounted prices.

In conjunction with their U.K.-based partners, Developing Artists, the acclaimed Northern Stage production of I Am My Own Wife toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Harare (Zimbabwe) International Festival of the Arts. The company brought the one-man show Tom Crean, Antarctic Explorer to the U.S. for runs at Northern Stage, in Florida and Boston, and for on Off-Broadway run in New York. They also produced a regional tour of a production of Twelfth Night by the U.K.-based Castle Theatre Company from University College, Durham University. Durham University students have also been cast in Northern Stage productions of The History Boys and Hamlet, and the company has hosted guest actors from Zimbabwe.

Community support has enabled us to sell approximately 30,000 tickets to downtown White River Junction activities in the last year. Our patrons enjoy entertaining and thought-provoking professional theater and theater education here at the crossroads of Northern New England. We’ve also reached out to offer residencies and workshops at over a dozen area schools.