Central Square Theater, is a state-of-the-art theatrical arts facility where audiences find, under one roof, the distinctive repertoires of two award-winning, professional companies, The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater as well as collaborative projects drawing on their creative synergy.
As the first permanent home for both theater companies, Central Square Theater is a vibrant hub of theatrical, educational, and social activity, where artists and audiences come together to create theater vital to the community.
Central Square Theater was recognized in The Boston Foundation as one of “the organizations that has contributed to making Greater Boston one of the most culturally rich cities in the world.”
Catherine Carr Kelly is the executive director of Central Square Theater, and along with Artistic Directors Lee Mikeska Gardner (The Nora Theatre Company) and Debra Wise (Underground Railway Theater), this dynamic triad provides bold leadership of a unique organization that benefits from shared staffing and streamlined operations and, together, produces and presents over 200 shows and events to over 28,000 (and growing) patrons annually.
About The Nora Theatre Company
The Nora Theatre Company produces illuminating contemporary and modern classic theater, including new scripts and area premieres, great works of the modern era, and works that speak with a feminine voice on human concerns and endeavors. We seek works that jostle our hearts and minds, and reveal our common humanity.
Mary C. Huntington is the founding artistic director of The Nora Theatre Company. In the spring of 2013, Ms. Huntington announced that she would step down from the position. After a national search, it was announced in November of 2013 that Lee Mikeska Gardner would become the new artistic director.
About Underground Railway Theater
Underground Railway Theater creates live performance that responds poetically to vital social, political, and scientific questions of our time, in the activist and collaborative spirit of our namesake. Through interdisciplinary inquiry and dynamic partnership, we create great beauty and social content–theater that challenges and delights, informs and celebrates.
Debra Wise is the artistic director of Underground Railway Theater.
Underground Railway Theater’s education program offers :
- Page to Stage, a young playwrights’ program
- Youth Underground, its resident teen ensemble
- Classes and workshops offered throughout the year
Central Square Theater is committed to year-round programming that engages our multi-generational audience with thought-provoking productions and helps develop new plays, new audiences and new artists for the future of American theater.