The Thisbe Theater Company is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the support and development of playwrights’ new works by offering readings, workshops, and full productions for selected scripts.
Our mission is to enable the creation of new work by emerging playwrights and actors in a supportive environment. Our goal is to encourage and promote new work at every stage of its development – from a thought, a conversation, a workshop to a fully realized production.
Thisbe Theater Company is a playwrights’ theater dedicated to the support and development of their new works. We celebrate, challenge and provoke by telling stories that speak to our common humanity, of the difficulties of taking personal responsibility for our life decisions and our personal happiness.
We believe in nurturing the playwrights’ process, telling stories that change peoples’ lives, developing new works that provide professional opportunities to theater artists and engage the regional and national community in creative, meaningful, and inspiring responses to contemporary and timeless issues.
Excellence: We strive for world class quality in all we do by creating a professional environment for artists to grow freely and develop their craft.
Opportunity: We are committed to helping emerging artists advance their careers by acting as a bridge to the professional theater world.
Inclusion: We draw on the full range of experienced and talented theater artists, and we strive to reduce barriers that inhibit creativity and theatergoing.
Engagement: We create productions that are relevant to our regional community and promote live theater as an essential public forum.
Training: We mentor, nurture, and inspire all generations of theater artists and theater lovers.
Responsibility: We gather and carefully manage our resources to ensure a vital Thisbe Theater Company today, tomorrow, and for the future.
Collaboration: We cultivate a work culture of support, integrity, and inspiration that propels our artists, administrators, and partners to their highest achievements.
Innovation: We steward emerging writers, embrace cutting edge theater technology, and cultivate the development of best practices in all aspects of the company.
Our artists are moved to explore work with fresh perspectives and to share them with larger arts communities.
Worked in numerous LORT theaters and for every major television network. She has produced, directed, stage managed, acted, built hats, wigs, and costumes for lots and lots of theatrical productions and served as Producer, Associate Producer, and Script Supervisor on numerous feature films and network television. Selected direction and past direction credits include: Edinburgh Festival (Women of Lockerbie); Kansas City Repertory Theater (Marat/Sade, American Premiere), Where’s Charley?with Peter Hackett; Waiting for Lefty with Israel Horowitz; House of Blue Leaves with Jerry Zaks, QEDby Peter Parnell, Dress Rehearsal (new work by Marisa Smith); The Dresser by Ronald Harwood, WIT by Margaret Edson, Smell of the Kill by Michele Lowe; Selected film and television credits include: WGBH-TV, English for Speakers of Other Languages (26 episode series), THE HIGH LIFE, (Pilot ABC/Hanley Productions/20th Century Fox with Michael Whitehorn), ANYTHING BUT LOVE (Series ABC/Adam Productions/20thCentury Fox with Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Lewis and Richard Frank), THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS (Series ABC/Hanley Productions/20th Century Fox with Michael Whitehorn, Paul Provenza, Brian Keith), MALICE(Feature, Castle Rock Productions with Nicole Kidman, Alec Baldwin, Bill Pullman), AGAINST THE LAW (Series, FOX Broadcasting MGM Studios created by David Manson and Jan Egelson with Michael O’Keefe) MERMAIDS (Feature, Orion Pictures with directed by Richard Benjamin and starring Cher, Bob Hoskins, Winona Ryder, Christina Ricci), THE NEW MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, (Series, CBS with Mary Tyler Moore and Ed Asner), LOVE FOR HIRE, (Series, NBC/EMI Television with Leonard B. Stern) PACKIN’IT IN (MOW, CBS/EMI Television with Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss) FAMILY TIES (Series NBC/UBU Prods/Paramount Studios creator Gary Goldberg with Michael J. Fox).
After years of writing films and cartoons, a change in career and relocating to the east coast, Peter decided to return to his love of theater and playwriting. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Playwriting from Ithaca College, teaches theater and playwrighting at numerous New England colleges. He has four plays in various stages of production and is currently working on a new script.
Lauren Esper is a Boston based Actor/Singer/VA/Choreographer who holds a Bachelors of Science in Communications Media with a Concentration on Theatre with a focus on Biology/Psychology.
Selected credits include The Women Of Lockerbie (Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2018), Dead Mad, and Into the Woods. You can find more information about Lauren as well as links to her social media on LaurenEsper.com.
Nick Wakely has performed all over the world; on stages in Russia, Scotland, England, and the United States. After working professionally as an actor in his home city of Boston, he attended East 15 Acting School's MFA Acting program in 2013 and is now an actor and director back in the United States. Selected credits include Macbeth (Globe Theatre Education), Fleance (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), Juror 8 in 'Twelve Angry Jurors' (Fourth Wall Theatre), the Soldier in 'Blasted' (60 Grit Theatre Company), and Romeo in Shakespeare's Globe 'Read Not Dead' reading series. He can also be found on Amazon Prime's 'Real Love' mini-series.
Founder/Former Producing Artistic Director of the Mint Theater in NYC where he produced and/or directed over 50 plays, many of them new works. Direction includes: Steppenwolf Theater, (Uncle Bob w/Austin Pendleton); Lost Tribe Theater (A Creature Craving); Mint Theater (Thornwood by Tony Howarth w/ Rodney Scott Hudson, Jeremy Rudge w/Becky Ann Baker & Austin Pendleton; Contemporary American Theater Festival (Baby Dance), Independent Theater (Last Yankee); Long Wharf Theater (Medea w/Mary Vreeland); Edinburgh Festival (The Laramie Project and Women of Lockerbie); Cleveland Play House (The New Girl); Abingdon Theater (Another Vermeer by Bruce Robinson and Love Drunk by Romulus Linney; Theater for the New City (Playing Sinatra by Bernard Kops w/ Austin Pendleton). He has performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Women’s Theater Project, Westbeth Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Mint Theater, Champlain Shakespeare Festival, and Syracuse Stage and received the National Endowed Chair of Excellence in the Arts, The Kennedy Center Directing Fellowship and Massachusetts State Senate Commendation for Service in the Arts.
Mary Vreeland is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Fitchburg State University. She is a member of various professional film, stage and television unions, Professor Vreeland is an active director and performer and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Helen Hays Award for best supporting actress in Mother Courage at the Folger Theatre. Her directing credits include productions at the Long Wharf Theatre, the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and Case Western Reserve University.
She has an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has taught at various institutions, including Quinsigamond Community College, Dean College, the University of Richmond, and Fitchburg State prior to being hired as full-time faculty.