Connecticut Theatre Company was formed in 2013 by the members and directors of two local community theatre groups, Bristol Theatre Arts and the New Britain Repertory Theatre group. These two groups wanted to combine their volunteers, talent and resources to ensure that central Connecticut had a theatre presence that delivered consistent, valuable and exciting theatrical opportunities, education and entertainment. Out of these collaborative discussions, Connecticut Theatre Company was born.
Connecticut Theatre Company is a non-profit 501(c)(3) theatrical and performing arts group serving central Connecticut. Our goal is to stimulate, promote, teach and develop interest in the dramatic arts; to educate the general public in the dramatic arts; to advance the general level of culture in the field of dramatic arts by the production of plays, musicals, readings, dramas, comedies, shows, and dramatic arts in all forms and of the highest standards. Connecticut Theatre Company is a performing arts group that is dedicated to entertaining, educating and supporting our community. Our focus is on providing great, year-round performances and entertainment events for central Connecticut and the surrounding areas.
Connecticut Theatre Company is a 100% volunteer-based organization with a team of dedicated individuals who firmly believe that performing arts can provide a number of benefits to individuals, families, businesses, communities and the state of Connecticut. While all theatres are based around performing arts, Connecticut Theatre Company is dedicated to finding and pursuing opportunities to partner with other entities for the betterment of the community.
Connecticut Theatre Company operates out of the historic Repertory Theatre in New Britain, Connecticut. In 1955, a theater group known as the Repertory Theatre of New Britain acquired the Norden Street Lodge. The lodge became known as The Repertory Theatre, as it is to this day. Members of the Repertory Theatre of New Britain sold bonds to theatre members and friends in order to acquire the property. Each year, bondholders received interest on their investment, sometimes reaching as much as 65 cents! Since 1955, at least four theatrical productions have been produced each year in the space. Since 1999, the theatre has also been home to numerous cultural events, children’s theatre and playwriting competitions.
The theatre itself is rich in history thanks to a constant supply of dedicated individuals. There have been notable names to grace the stage, such as Meryl Streep, who was active in children’s theatre at the Repertory Theatre during her time as a student at Yale University. The Repertory Theatre has always served New Britain and central Connecticut as a destination for quality community theatre and will continue to do so long into the future.