Local Theater Company is a nonprofit organization that discovers, develops and produces new American plays. Based in Boulder, Colorado, we bring exceptional, timely stories to the stage. In 2017, we proudly employed more than 80 equity and non-equity artists and designers from around the country. We are an Actor’s Equity Association Small Professional Theater and are deeply committed to diversity and inclusion both on and off stage.
We believe that art in general, and theater specifically, is a catalyst for creating a greater understanding of the most challenging questions facing Americans today. Our programs are designed for audiences to explore culturally relevant stories, be stimulated and inspired to action, all while strengthening our creative community. Our works have examined topics ranging from the complicated makings of a schoolyard bully to the moral obligations of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease, and from our cultural responsibility around social constructs that define the masculine gender as “sexually aggressive” to the challenges of navigating adolescence for a Mexican-American girl.
Embedded in our productions and programs is a fierce commitment to meeting a play where it is—and finding the people and resources it needs to tell stories that stay with our audiences long after the show ends.
Local Theater Company launched with a sold-out production at Chautauqua Auditorium of Stories by Heart featuring Academy Award® nominee John Lithgow. It was the first theater to take place at Chautauqua Auditorium in more than four decades.
Since that first production, we have gone on to present a number of world premieres productions in Boulder. Fully-produced world and regional premieres have included Body of Work by Eve Ensler, Faith by James McLindon, The Firestorm by Meridith Friedman, The Rape of the Sabine Women, By Grace B. Matthias by Michael Yates Crowley, and Wisdom From Everything by Mia McCullough, among others.
Our programs have grown significantly in the past eight years. Our annual Local Lab New Play Festival focuses on the development of new American plays. Much of the work developed in our Lab, and honed by Boulder audiences, has gone on to be produced with critical acclaim off-Broadway and around the country. In addition, we offer effective literacy programs using the special power of theater, and strive to contribute to Boulder’s vibrant arts community.