About Us

The Lyric Stage is an intimate 240-seat 3/4 thrust stage located in the heart of Boston’s Copley Square.

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston produces and presents live theatre in Greater Boston with an intimate approach that promotes inclusivity and connection. The Lyric Stage leads an effort to integrate live theater and theater education into the lives of all residents of greater Boston.

Established in 1974, the Lyric Stage is Boston’s oldest resident theatre company, producing a seven-show season which ranges in theatrical genres including classic Broadway-style musicals, new plays and established classics. Highly acclaimed for the breadth, excellence, and variety of its productions, the Lyric Stage is the recipient of 37 Elliot Norton Awards and 66 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards.

Our educational programming reflects a commitment to introduce theatre to Boston’s residents and to inspire young residents of Boston to discover the multiple ways in which theatre can enhance, or become, a life-long career. In 2018, the Lyric Stage began a working relationship with City Stage Co., which reaches over 65,000 students and families each year with its educational performances and workshops, including over 800 annual performances at the Children‚Äôs Museum of Boston. The two companies will collaborate to expand the number of schools they jointly reach, and to develop new ways to introducing live theatre to young residents of Boston.

With few exceptions, the actors, directors, designers, stage managers, technicians, music directors, and musicians that work at the Lyric Stage live in the Greater Boston area. In casting and hiring, the artistic department seeks to balance ongoing relationships with opportunities for emerging local artists. We work from artists represented by various theatrical unions, including Actors Equity Association and the Boston Musicians Association, in an effort to make the Lyric Stage a theatrical home to rising and established artists.

Yewande Odetoyinbo* with Juanita Pearl, Soneka Anderson, and Lance-Patrick Strickland in The Wiz.
Photo by Mark S. Howard.

Leigh Barrett* as Mama Rose in Gypsy.
Photo by Mark S. Howard.

Educational & Youth Outreach Programs

In 2018, the Lyric Stage acquired City Stage Company, a leading provider of educational theater programs in Boston, merging the resources of both companies to reach more families and youth in the City of Boston. Lyric Stage educational and youth outreach programs include:

City Stage

The City Stage program is designed to expose students at all levels to theater as a part of their regular curriculum. City Stage is based on the Performance Cycle, created by the Arts Literacy Project at Brown Univ., and engages students in creative drama, scripting, and acting-out of narrative that enable them to analyze, interpret, and deeply experience plays, poetry, memoirs, and fiction. Through City Stage, students develop theatre and language arts skills and create art in alignment with state curriculum standards.  We offer a variety of versions of City Stage to elementary, middle, and high schools in Boston.  For the 2019-2020 school year, City Stage is confirmed to be at five Boston Public Schools:  Nathan Hale Elementary School and Orchard Gardens in Roxbury; Thomas J Kenny Elementary School in Dorchester; William McKinley Elementary School in the South End; and Joseph P. Tynan Elementary School in South Boston.  We will work with approximately 800 students through these BPS programs.

Approximately 84% of the children reached through City Stage are from low- and moderate-income families. Research demonstrates the positive impacts of the arts on low-income neighborhoods – reducing criminal activity and lowering truancy rates. It is because of this that Lyric Stage is devoted to supporting these communities.

The study and practice of theatrical art provides young people with social capital and establishes a number of soft skill essential for success.  Chief among these are problem-solving, teamwork, written and verbal communication, ability to analyze text, self-confidence and public speaking.

Students served through the Boston Public School system are: 45% Black, 32% White, 17% Hispanic, 4% Asian, and 3% Other.

A child smiling

Audiences and Actors of City Stage

KidStage

In partnership with the Boston Children’s Museum since 1988, KidStage has created hands-on exhibits, participatory plays, and education programs. Lyric Stage actors offer 800 to 1,000 annual KidStage performances for as many as 65,000 children and their families. For many attendees, kids and adults alike, KidStage is their first exposure to live theatre.

Touring Shows

Currently, our touring shows offer three productions: The History and Adventures of Tom Thumb; Folktales East & West; and Folktales North & South. The shows range from 30-40 minutes and are produced for family audiences. Each show is performed by two professional, adult actors and put a strong focus on participation from audience volunteers. The shows tour primarily to schools and libraries: efforts will soon be underway to create a more ambitious touring calendar to reach all branches of the Boston Public Library, with multi-lingual productions.

Lyric First Stage

Established in 2006, First Stage is a summer-time intensive for students with some previous theatrical training. Following an audition, students work with professional theatre artists who regularly work on Lyric Stage professional productions, with a focus on the music of Stephen Sondheim – a frequent staple of Lyric Stage professional seasons.

Lyric First Stage is currently on hiatus as the program is re-vamped.

Awards

2020

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress, Katrina Z Pavao, Little Shop of Horrors

2019

IRNE Award РBest Projection Design, Small Theatre, Jonathan Carr, Kiss of the Spider Woman 

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actress (Musical),  Small Theater, Yewande Odetoyinbo, Breath and Imagination

IRNE Award – Best Actor (Musical), Small Theater, Eddy Cavazos, Kiss of the Spider Woman

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Production, Midsize Theater, The Wolves

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Musical Performance, Davron S. Monroe, Breath & Imagination

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Midsize Theater, A. Nora Long, The Wolves

2018

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Musical Performance by an Actor, Will McGarrahan, Souvenir

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Musical Performance by an Actress, Leigh Barrett, Gypsy & Souvenir

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Director, Midsize Theater, Summer L. Williams, Barbecue

2017

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actress,¬†Midsize Theatre,¬†Paula Plum,¬†Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Production Midsize Theatre,¬†Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

IRNE Award РBest Projection Design, Seaghan McKay, Sondheim on Sondheim

2016

IRNE Award РBest Solo Performance, Phil Tayler, Buyer & Cellar

IRNE Award РBest Actress, Midsize (Drama), Lindsey McWhorter, Intimate Apparel

IRNE Award РBest Actress, Musical, Jennifer Ellis, My Fair Lady

IRNE Award РBest Director, Musical, Scott Edmiston, My Fair Lady

IRNE Award РBest Musical, My Fair Lady

IRNE Award РSpecial Award for Valiant Replacement, Paula Plum, Red Hot Patriot

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Musical Production, Midsize, Small or Fringe, My Fair Lady

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actress, Midsize, Cloteal Horne, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Solo Performance, Phil Tayler, Buyer & Cellar

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Director, Midsize, Scott Edmiston, My Fair Lady

Elliot Norton Award РMusical Performance by an Actress, Jennifer Ellis, My Fair Lady

2015

IRNE Award РBest Lighting Design, Franklin Meissner, Jr., Sweeney Todd

IRNE Award РBest Ensemble, Midsize, Into the Woods

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actress, Midsize (Drama), Paula Plum, Death of a Salesman

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actor, Midsize (Drama), Kelby T. Akin, Death of a Salesman

IRNE Award РBest Director of a Musical, Spiro Veloudos, Into the Woods

IRNE Award РBest Musical, Into the Woods

IRNE Award РBest Play, Midsize, Death of a Salesman

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actor, Midsize, Nael Nacer, Intimate Apparel

Elliot Norton Award РBest Director, Midsize, Spiro Veloudos, Into the Woods

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Musical Performance by an Actress, Aimee Doherty, Into the Woods

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Musical Production, Into the Woods

2014

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Musical Performance by an Actress, Aimee Doherty, On the Town

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actor in a Play, John Davin, One Man, Two Guvnors

2013

IRNE Award РBest Musical, Avenue Q

IRNE Award РBest Actress in a Play, Celeste Oliva, Chinglish

IRNE Award РBest Actress in a Musical, Erica Spyres, Avenue Q

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actor in a Musical, David Kravitz, The Mikado

IRNE Award РBest Music Director, Catherine Stornetta, Avenue Q

IRNE Award РBest Director of a Musical, Spiro Veloudos, Avenue Q

IRNE Award РBest Puppet Appearance, Avenue Q

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Musical Production, Avenue Q

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Ensemble, Avenue Q

2011

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Production, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director,¬†Spiro Veloudos & Courtney O’Connor,¬†The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actor, Johnny Lee Davenport, Broke-ology

2010

IRNE Award РBest Play by Midsize Company, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

IRNE Award РBest Director of a Drama, Spiro Veloudos, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actor, Jason Powers, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

IRNE Award РBest Ensemble, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

IRNE Award РBest Lighting, Scott Clyve, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

2009

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Production, Speech & Debate

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Director, Scott Edmiston, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

IRNE Award РBest Musical, Grey Gardens

IRNE Award РBest Music Director, Jonathan Goldberg, Grey Gardens and Kiss Me, Kate

IRNE Award РBest Director (Musical), Spiro Veloudos , Grey Gardens and Kiss Me, Kate

2007

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Production, Miss Witherspoon

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actress, Paula Plum, Miss Witherspoon

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actor, Larry Coen, Miss Witherspoon

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Design, Dewey Dellay, Miss Witherspoon

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actress in a Musical, Leigh Barrett , Souvenir

IRNE Award РBest Musical, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award РBest Director of a Musical, Spiro Veloudos, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award РBest Musical Director, Jonathan Goldberg, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award РBest Actress in a Musical, Caroline DeLima, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actor in a Musical, Robert Saoud, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award РBest Lighting, Scott Clyve, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award РBest Set Design, Janie E. Howland, Man of La Mancha

2006

Elliot Norton Award РRecipient of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, Spiro Veloudos

IRNE Award РBest Actress in a Comedy or Drama, Paula Plum, The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?

IRNE Award РBest Solo Performance, Lanna Joffrey, 9 Parts of Desire

IRNE Award РBest Actor in a Musical, 1776, Peter A. Carey

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actor/Musical, 1776, Timothy John Smith

2005

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actress, Andrea Ross, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award РBest Musical Production, Urinetown

IRNE Award РBest Choreography, Ilyse Robbins, Urinetown

IRNE Award РBest Direction, Spiro Veloudos, Urinetown

2004, IRNE Award РBest Musical Production, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award РBest Director of a Musical, Spiro Veloudos, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award РBest Music Direction, Jon Goldberg, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award РBest Actor in a Musical, Christopher Chew, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award РBest Actress in a Musical, Maryann Zschau, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award РBest Costume Design, David Cabral, A Little Night Music, Noises Off

2003

Theatre Hero Award –¬†Spiro Veloudos

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actress, Ellen Colton, Beyond Belief

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actor/Musical, Steven Barkheimer, Book of Days

IRNE Award РBest Supporting Actor in a Musical, Brian Robinson, When Pigs Fly, Side Show

2002

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Musical Production, Sunday in the Park with George

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actor, Robert Pemberton, Lobby Hero

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Costume Design, Gail Astrid Buckley, Curse of the Bambino

IRNE Award РOutstanding Musical, Sunday in the Park with George

IRNE Award РOutstanding Director, Spiro Veloudos, Sunday in the Park with George

IRNE Award РOutstanding Actress, Maryann Zschau, No Way to Treat a Lady, Sunday in the Park with George

IRNE Award РOutstanding Actor, Jason Schuchman, Lobby Hero

2001

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actor, Phillip Patrone, Side Man

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actress, Bobbie Steinbach, Over The River and Through the Woods

IRNE Award РOutstanding Actress, Bobbie Steinbach, Over The River and Through the Woods

IRNE Award – Outstanding Choreographer,¬†Ilyse Robbins,¬†She Love Me, A… My Name Will Always Be Alice

IRNE Award РOutstanding Supporting Actor, Philip Patrone, Side Man

IRNE Award – Outstanding Supporting Actress,¬†Jacqui Parker,¬†A… My Name Will Always be Alice

2000

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Production, The Old Settler

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actress, Jacqui Parker, The Old Settler

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Director, Spiro Veloudos, Lost in Yonkers, Assassins, Never the Sinner

IRNE Award РOutstanding Production, The Old Settler

IRNE Award РOutstanding Director, Lois Roach, The Old Settler

IRNE Award РOutstanding Actress, Jacqui Parker, The Old Settler

IRNE Award РOutstanding Actor, Steve McConnell, The Judas Kiss

1999

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actress, Sheila Ferrini , Lost in Yonkers

Best of Boston РBest Theatre Artistic Director, Spiro Veloudos

1997

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Production, Speed-The-Plow

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Designer, Janie Fliegel , Speed-the-Plow/Blithe Spirit

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Actress, Dee Nelson, Blithe Spirit

1995

Elliot Norton Award РOutstanding Designer, Howard Crabtree, Whoop-Dee-Doo

Photo of Ron Ritchell sitting at a table

1974

The Lyric Stage founded by Ron Ritchell (pictured) and Polly Hogan.

Photo of an Ace Hardware storefront

1976

The fledgling theater company moves to a performance space above the hardware store at 54 Charles Street, producing The Importance of Being Earnest.

Photo of the YWCA building, where the Lyric State Company is.

1990

After a comprehensive search of the unused spaces in the city of Boston, the Lyric Stage agrees to renovate a former auditorium in the YWCA building in Back Bay.

A mock up of the lyric stage company theatre in 1991

1991

Renovation of the former YWCA auditorium is complete and the first production in our new home, Red Hot & Cole, is staged.

The Elliot Norton Awards logo

1995-1996

We win our first Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Designer for the production of Whoop-de-Doo!

Spiro Veloudos

1998

Spiro Veloudos is named Producing Artistic Director

2017

Spiro Veloudos celebrates 20 years as Producing Artistic Director

2019

Spiro Veloudos retires after 21 years

Staff & Board

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is led by Executive Director Matt Chapuran and Artistic Director Courtney O’Connor.

Courtney O’Connor and Matt Chapuran

Board of Directors

Ron Sudol | President
Kerry Weiss | Vice President
Glenda Fishman | Treasurer
Sharon Parisi | Clerk
Nina Berk
Katie Burkhart
Julian Cherubini
Richard Daynard
Joe Gimbel
Jo-An Heileman
Tim Holiner
Lee Humphrey
Alice Richmond
Stuart Rose
Anita Springer

Advisory Council

Hannah Taytslin | Co-Chair
Janet Spitz | Co-Chair
Barry Chaiken
Carmen Chan
Troy Coady
Amanda Eckhoff
Susan Gassett
Wendy Gutterson
Michelle Landers
Jo Frances Meyer
Gustavo Pena
Shwetha Ravi
Joe Richard
Dick Rouseau
Emily Stidsen
Ruth Whitney

We are committed to a Board that reflects the diversity of our communities and welcomes your inquiries. If you have a passion for the Lyric Stage, would like to make an investment in our future, and are interested in learning about becoming a member of The Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s Board of Directors, contact the Board President.

ADMINISTRATION

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / Matt Chapuran
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / Courtney O’Connor

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR EMERITUS / Spiro Veloudos

DIGITAL MARKETING ASSOCIATE / Kate Casner
GENERAL MANAGER / Nora Conley
INTERIM PRODUCTION MANAGER / Aja M Jackson
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER / René Morrissette
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION / Chandra Pieragostini
KIDSTAGE MANAGER / Michele Proude

ASSISTANTS, BOX OFFICE, FRONT OF HOUSE, & STAGE MANAGERS

BOX OFFICE MANAGER / Kat O’Connor
ASSISTANT BOX OFFICE MANAGER / Katherine Shaver
BOX OFFICE & FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGERS / Olivia Eggers, David Kaus, Sara Kenney, Tori Loubert, Jamie Semel, Katherine Shaver
BOX OFFICE & FRONT OF HOUSE ASSISTANTS / Anamaria Alarcón, Sarah Bord, Alyssa Lara, Maeve Power, Lauryn Reid, Linda Shewokis, Allison Valton
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES / Daisy Brackett, Emma Goldman
DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANTS / Marieska Luzada, Michael Rocco, Emma Whiteside
DIGITAL MEDIA ASSISTANTS / Reggie Osirus, Kelly Sou, Ava Straccia, Julia Thorn, Emma Whiteside
MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATES / Lawrence Nieves, Kandyce Whittingham
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS / Tuck Wunderle, Dillon Tedesco

STAGE MANAGERS / Athena-Gwendolyn Baptiste, Robin Grady*, Rose Mancuso, Diane McLean*, Betsy Pierce, Nerys Powell*, Angela Harrington, L. Arkansas Light*

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

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