New Repertory Theatre in Boston
Now in its fourth decade, New Repertory Theatre, led by Artistic Director Jim Petosa, has established itself as one of the Boston area’s premiere theatre companies. Since 2005, New Repertory Theatre has been the professional theatre company in residence at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, Massachusetts. Celebrated for electrifying, compelling, and poignant productions, the New Repertory Theatre plays reflect our world and community, and regularly explore ideas that have vital resonance in our lives, here and now.
Performed to the highest standards of excellence, New Repertory Theatre challenges the human spirit of both artists and their audience, presenting world premieres, contemporary and classic works in several intimate settings. Committed to education and outreach, innovative in-school programming and providing access to underserved audiences, New Repertory Theatre is an active advocate for the arts and a major voice in the national dialogue defining the role of theater in our culture.
New Repertory Theatre’s productions have included Imagining “Madoff,” “The Whipping Man,” “The Kite Runner,” “Cherry Docs,” “Opus,” “The Pillowman,” “Bill W. and Dr. Bob,” “Topdog/Underdog,” “Quills,”“The King of Second Avenue,” “Camelot,” “Amadeus,” “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” “Speed-the-Plow,” “According to Tip,” “The Clean House,” “Ragtime,” “Into the Woods,” “The Threepenny Opera,” “Sweeney Todd,” and “Waiting for Godot.”
Since 1984, New Repertory Theatre has produced over seventy East Coast, New England, Boston, or world premieres, including works by Robert Brustein, Ronan Noone, Zayd Dohrn, Walt McGough, Deb Margolin, Matthew Lopez, Theresa Rebeck, Sarah Ruhl, Thomas Gibbons, Athol Fugard, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael Weller, Dael Orlandersmith, J.T. Rogers, Joyce Van Dyke, Doug Wright, and Steve Yockey.
Their 2015-2016 season includes “Broken Glass,” “A Number,” “The Snow Queen,” “Via Dolorosa,” “The Testament of Mary,” “Blackberry Winter,” “Freud’s Last Session,” and “Baltimore.”
New Repertory Theatre has created educational programs to enrich and foster the spirit of creativity in students, including New Repertory Theatre’s Classic Repertory Company touring with productions throughout Massachusetts, with a special emphasis on bringing underserved communities affordable, or even free, performances. Annually, Classic Repertory Company reaches over 14,000 students. The 2016-2016 Company includes Laura Detwiler, Michael Kelley, Lily Linke, Cory Missildine, Alexander Rankine, Kai Tshikosi, and Grace Kennedy Woodford.
Through ‘Page to Stage, New Repertory Theatre invites theatre enthusiasts to go beyond the insider experiences by exploring a play and all its components as it evolves from page to stage. With professional theatre artists, participants delve into storytelling, play context, creation of the design world (scenic, costume, sound, light), actors’ interpretation of dialogue, and audience criticism.
Their ‘Insider Experiences,’ program, New Repertory Theatre invites theatergoers to catch special glimpses into the inner workings of professional theatre. The series allows insiders to explore various aspects of theatre including First Rehearsals, Sneak Peeks, and Inside the Play events. The New Repertory Theatre also offers ‘Spotlight Symposium Series,’ a ‘Weekday Matinee Series’ providing affordable professional theatre to schools and seniors through discounted tickets to specially-scheduled matinee performances.
Pattern of Life
New Repertory Theatre’s ‘summerSTAGE2’ three-week intensive summer program affords students entering grades 8-12, hands-on opportunities to with professional theatre artists on acting, dance, movement, voice, and speech.
Artistic Director Jim Petosa joined New Repertory Theatre as its artistic director in 2012. He had served as Director of the School of Theatre, College of Fine Arts, at Boston University; and Artistic Director of Maryland’s Olney Theatre Center for the Arts and its National Players educational touring company. While he was at Boston University, Mr. Petosa established the Boston Center for American Performance, the professional production extension of the Boston University School of Theatre.
New Repertory Theatre is a core member in the National New Play Network, an alliance of not-for-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays for the American theatre. New Repertory Theatre has been awarded many Boston area theatre awards including 24 Elliot Norton Awards and 55 Independent Reviewers of New England Awards.
The King of Second Avenue
For info: New Repertory Theatre at The Arsenal Center for the Arts 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA (617) 923-8487, www.newrep.org