The Burbage Theatre Company strives to excite and engage a new generation of theatre-goer with socially relevant and compelling stories, both classic and contemporary, told by an inventive and expert ensemble of actors.
Burbage is dedicated to the growing and cultivating of the diverse artistic community in Rhode Island by providing affordable access to the performing arts and perpetuating a discourse about, not only content, but the actor's role as storyteller in today's world.
Burbage strives to foster a climate of purposeful inclusion of all people regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national origin.
Burbage is an ideal sustainable arts model for the 21st Century.
Burbage Theatre Co is a 501(c)3 nonprofit theatre organization in their ninth season of plays, based out of Pawtucket, RI.
Burbage was started by four actors who wanted to take the craft of acting out of the classroom and into their own hands.
We believe that acting comes first. We believe the Theatre's continued relevance as a civil institution is best perpetuated by building productions around the collaboration of an expert ensemble of storytellers. We put acting first as it is our conviction that it is the responsibility of the actor to activate thought and inner movement in their audience.
The BTC is composed entirely of homegrown RI talent. Artists from across Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts,
all educated within the Rhode Island Theatre Community.
Meet the members of our company below:
How We Started
The Burbage Theatre Co began at Rhode Island College in North Providence, RI
when four students of the theatre, both within and without the classroom,
decided to produce their own work and take their understanding of acting and storytelling into their own hands.
This led to our first production, 'It's Not that Way It's Over Here", an evening of two absurdist one-act plays,
'The Bald Soprano" by Eugene Ionesco, and an original short entitled "Stalemate".
Over the following five years Burbage produced fourteen productions in such spaces as
Bishop Connolly High School (Fall River, MA), Perishable Theatre, The Artists' Exchange,
and the William Hall Library auditorium.
In 2015, Burbage entered into residency at AURORA Providence, a multipurpose venue and cocktail bar formerly located on Westminster Street in downtown Providence. Over two years, Burbage produced two full,
four play seasons (Seasons 5 & 6), including including the work of Paula Vogel, Will Eno, Kurt Vonnegut Jr, and William Shakespeare.
In 2017, Burbage began our 8th Season at Aurora Providence with a production of Bertolt Brecht's 'Galileo',
but in tandem with the unfortunate and abrupt closing of Aurora Providence,
we announced our partnership with the Pawtucket-based 'TEN31 Productions'.
Now in our own space at 59 Blackstone Avenue, Burbage strives to stage our most ambitious productions yet.
Burbage is proud to call Pawtucket, RI it's home and to be a part of such a
diverse and flourishing artistic community.