Company One is a resident company 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 the development of civically engaged artists.
Company One, recently called one of the ten “most inspiring and innovative theatre companies on our national landscape” by the American Theatre Wing (The Tony Awards), is an award-winning nonprofit theatre company in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. Company One produces professional theatrical productions and comprehensive educational programming. The company offers Boston four shows on its Main Stage, three on its Second Stage, and both in and out of school educational programs for high school students and adults. In all its endeavors, Company One uses the artistic experience to foster social change. To that end, the company is committed to building community, to broadening arts participation, and to eliminating social divides.
Since its inception in 1998, Company One has become nationally known for providing the most progressive, racially and socially provocative programming in Boston. Company One has been instrumental in diversifying Boston’s theatre community of artists and audiences, staging more than 35 professional productions with a culturally diverse range of playwrights and performers. Additionally, its in-school and extracurricular educational programs have enriched the lives of over 10,000 students
The Company has received a National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing, Elliot Norton Awards, Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, Massachusetts Cultural Council Awards and has been named the “Best Fringe Theatre” by local media. In 2010, two Company One productions received national media attention from The New York Times: GRIMM, a world premiere commissioned from seven award-winning playwrights, and Annie Baker’s THE ALIENS, a collaboration with the Huntington Theatre Company & Speakeasy Stage Company inspired by Company One’s unique audience base. Identified as “…one of the city’s most important small companies” by The Boston Globe, Company One has been instrumental in bringing younger and more diverse audiences to the Boston Center for the Arts to see and participate in socially and politically relevant theatre.