In the summer of 1998 six graduates of Clark University (Worcester, MA) set up artistic-camp on Great Diamond Island off the coast of Portland, Maine with a goal of creating an artistic home and a touring production. Their limited experience took a back seat to indefatigable dedication as, piece by piece, they built a foundation upon which Company One would later be founded. Touring with David Ives' All In the Timing, they blazed a trail of box-office success through several major east-coast cities. Eager to continue working together, the members of "The Island Project," went on to found Company One.
Company One was founded in the fall of 1998 to integrate Boston audiences, challenge the city’s social divides and foster a new generation of theatre-makers and theatergoers. Since then we have become a nationally renowned, award-winning theatre company in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts. Our mission is to change the face of Boston theatre by uniting the city’s diverse communities through innovative, socially provocative performance and developing civically engaged artists.
We fulfill our mission through theatre productions and education and outreach programs. In all of our endeavors, we use the artistic experience to foster social change, build community, broaden arts participation, and eliminate prejudice, sexism, homophobia, classism, and all other social divides. We have helped launch the careers of a diverse collective of playwrights and performers, and we have served over 10,000 students through our education outreach programs.
Over the past 13 seasons Company One has produced and mounted over 50 plays. Our education program has received the Mass Cultural Council’s Gold Star Award. We are the recipient of seven Elliot Norton Awards for outstanding work in directing, acting, design, and production. We received three Independent Reviewers of New England Awards, and a National Theatre Company Grant from the American Theatre Wing (The Tony Awards) calling us “One of the most inspiring and innovative theatre companies on our national landscape.” Additionally, Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for American theatre, dubbed Company One “the future of American theater”, when it featured us in “Stage Matters”, a national theater conference film on the past, present, and future of theatre in the U.S.