The Mission: At Bridge Rep, live theatre is not an end unto itself, but rather a means of connection. We connect actors to audiences, artists to artists, and the theatre to our community.
The History: Bridge Repertory was founded in 2012 by a group of six theatre artists, all under the age 30 at the time. They called themselves Founding Artistic Associates, and
committed themselves to creating intimately staged productions from a variety of genres, all rooted in the captivating connection formed between live actors and live audiences.
Other chief values were the creation of job opportunities for early-to-mid career artists, the inclusion of underrepresented populations in our creative teams, and the cultivation of an audience diverse in age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
As the first years passed, the core team evolved, and the term Founding Artistic Associates was exchanged for Playmakers. This title was devised in response to the common misconception around an organization’s “staff” -- the key difference being that the Playmakers, including the Producing Artistic Director, have not yet been able to take a single dollar in salary. In fact, they continue to work full-time day-jobs, since they pour every single dollar they raise into supporting the creative teams that make up Bridge Rep and the work you see on stage.
Click through the images below to see the growth of Bridge Repertory Theater over the past 5 years.
Written by George Brant
Directed by Olivia D'Ambrosio
Original Movement by Doppelganger Dance Collective
Dramaturgy by Alexander Platt
"We started this company completely from scratch and run virtually every aspect of its operations. Between us, we have a baker's dozen of MFA's and BFA's, all in theatre-related fields, from schools like Brown University, Boston College, CalArts, and the BU School of Theatre. We've also worked a lot professionally, at theatres like the Huntington, New Rep, Trinity Rep, and Actors' Shakespeare Project, just to name a few.
We Playmakers wear many hats -- all of them, in fact. And while it may be hard to understand, we go to our full-time jobs, catch a quick dinner break, then head to the theatre for our work. We rotate administrative and management roles so that when we act, direct, design, stage manage, or write, we can focus on the art, and vice versa."
Olivia D'Ambrosio, Producing Artistic Director
Esme Allen*, Caley Chase (Apprentice), Marc J. Franklin, Bridgette Hayes, Amie Lytle, Kate Paulsen, Zoë Golub - Sass (Apprentice), John Tracey
Caley Chase, Zoe Golub-Sass
Rebecca Bradshaw, Skylar Burks, McCaela Donovan*, MJ Halberstadt, Juan C. Rodriguez*, Joe Short*
*Indicates Founding Member
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