Our Mission

920069_10151418828566932_307838533_oWe provide opportunities for our community to create and experience live performance in ways that we can all be proud of and enjoy.

Specific Objectives:

We provide opportunities for

  • Established artists to refine and present their work.
  • Aspiring artists to acquire skills and mature.
  • New participants to find their voice and develop passion and confidence.
  • Everyone to experience live performance regardless of circumstances.


Our History

The Contemporary Theater Company was founded in June 2005. It started as a collaborative project among young local artists interested in restoring the once vibrant live theater scene of southern Rhode Island. After one successful year, the vision matured and the company began to grow.

Since then, the company has prospered, producing more than 50 full-length productions and many smaller events. Our talent pool has expanded backed by generous community support, and thousands of audience members have found a new appreciation of the performing arts.

As our company has grown, so has our vision. Early in 2009, we christened ourselves the Contemporary Theater Company to better reflect our new direction. In 2012, we opened a 90-seat theater at 327 Main Street, bringing theater to the heart of our community.

In 2015, we purchased 321 Main Street, behind the theater at 327 Main Street, and began the construction of the Charles Errol Exley Performance Patio and renovations to the building to include rehearsal space, workshops, and an artist residence.

All the while, we have retained a dedication to bringing theater and the arts to everyone. But don’t just take our word for it. In early 2010, the Providence Phoenix called us the “Best New and Yummy Theater Troupe” and a year later called us “The Best Theater Company” in all of Rhode Island. In 2012, Rhode Island Monthly awarded us a coveted Best of Rhode Island for artistic revitalization.  In 2015, Rhode Island Monthly awarded our Micetro Improv troupe the title of “Best Improv Competition.” More Teeth online theater reviews says, “CTC has made it evident in past productions that they are here to play.” We encourage you to come play with us by enjoying an upcoming theatrical production or class.

Please click here to see our corporate documents.