Studio Theatre of Bath www.studiotheatreofbath.com
When did you begin the enterprise? (and where if not Bath)
Jack Doepp, later a well-known designer of New York productions, fell in love with a historic and vacant church in downtown Bath, Maine in 1969 and set about converting the structure to house his Performing Arts Center of Bath (PACB). A carpenter on the job, Cliff Greene, had always dreamed of becoming an actor. Together, the two men decided that the first production PACB would undertake would be A Streetcar Named Desire. The Broadway actress and New York director, Chouteau Chapin ? also well known as Marlon Brando?s acting coach, directed the 1979 production, and the cast of mostly local folks played the run to standing-room only houses. This was the first of over seventy productions by Studio Theatre of Bath in the years to follow. While the people who make up Studio Theatre, and the production venues have changed over the years, the heart and soul of Studio Theatre has remained pretty much as Jack envisioned it. Just simple, everyday people coming together in connecting and ever-expanding circles to share their gifts and talents with each other and the larger community.
What do you offer?
Our Mission: “The Studio Theatre of Bath is an organization dedicated to enriching the community through live theatrical events.” We offer plays of every genre, workshops and opportunities to volunteer for actors, directors, stage techs and supporters! (Want to get involved? Email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Why do you love Bath?
Bath is home for many of us. It’s been a nurturing place and where STB has grown over three decades. Even when we take the show on the road, Bath is home.
What are you excited about in the coming year?
So many things! We’ll soon announce some outdoor summer events, are looking forward to our next full production,The Fantasticks, in the fall (location TBA), followed by the 5th annual Twisted Christmas at Winter Street Center. We’re excited to being even more present in our community by way of special events, classes and community involvement. We also have new directors coming on board in 2017-18, which is always exciting!
In conjunction with a new initiative, we’re also asking: What favorite local non-profits do you support?
As an organization and as individual board members, we strive to support our fellow theaters and thespians, (and are frequently involved with shows at other venues) and each of us are active members of our communities in myriad organizations.