Now in its third decade, New Rep has established itself as one of Boston’s premiere theatre companies. Celebrated for electrifying, compelling, and poignant productions, New Rep plays reflect our world and community and regularly explore ideas that have vital resonance in our lives--here and now. New Rep shows are provocative, intelligent, and entertaining.
Historically, New Rep's most successful productions have been probing, thought-provoking shows centered on big ideas. Recent examples include afterlife: a ghost story, Cherry Docs, boom, Opus, The Pillowman; Bill W. and Dr. Bob; Topdog/Underdog; Quills; and No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs. Other successful shows have included some of the most beloved and popular productions such as Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Speed-the-Plow, According to Tip, The Clean House, Ragtime, Into the Woods, The Threepenny Opera, Sweeney Todd, and Waiting for Godot. New Rep’s programming has been awarded many Boston Area theatre awards including 21 Elliot Norton Awards and 40 IRNE Awards.
New Repertory Theatre has a commitment to bringing new works to the stage. Since 1984, New Rep has produced 63 East Coast, New England, Boston, or World Premieres, including works by Thomas Gibbons, Athol Fugard, Suzan-Lori Parks, Michael Weller, Dael Orlandersmith, J.T. Rogers, Joyce Van Dyke, Doug Wright. and Steve Yockey. New Rep is the Boston representative in the National New Play Network (NNPN), an alliance of not-for-profit professional theatres that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays for the American Theatre.
In September 2005, New Repertory Theatre made the move to its new home in the Arsenal Center for the Arts (ACA) in Watertown. Complete with two performance spaces, the 340-seat Mosesian Theater and the 90-seat Black Box Theater, the ACA has allowed New Rep to expand and enhance its programming.
Since the benefits of the arts reach far beyond the walls of the theater, New Rep has created educational programs to enrich and foster the spirit of creativity in students. Classic Repertory Company performs professional caliber productions to Middle and High Schools throughout Massachusetts, with a special emphasis on bringing underserved communities affordable, or even free, performances. Annually, Classic Repertory Company is expected to reach over 14,000 students. New Rep Studio also offers professional theatre training and master classes for theatre professionals and non-professionals alike.
Through our productions in both the Charles Mosesian Theater and the Black Box Theater, our Classic Repertory Company and other special programming, New Rep has defined itself as a major organization contributing to the arts and culture landscape of the greater Boston area.