New City Stage Company is dedicated to presenting high quality professional theatre that engages audiences on a variety of levels; not only entertaining them but also encouraging awareness of issues relevant to the community. We strive to create a stimulating theatrical experience that evokes thoughtful reflection and discussion after the play, for all patrons, especially students. We draw our season from contemporary and classical works, with a special focus on including Philadelphia premieres, plays by local playwrights, and rarely done award-winning works from playwrights whose work and stories are not normally found in the region.
New City Stage Company is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit theatre company located in the Rittenhouse Square area of Philadelphia that was founded by graduate student Ginger Dayle in the summer of 2006, producing its first show in the fall of that year. She founded the company to give college students like herself the opportunity to work with seasoned professionals from start to finish in a fully mounted professional production.
We employ both union and non-union actors, directors, and crew. We start the employment process in the region first ,giving gainful employment to many of our local artists and technicians, with emphasis on offering intern positions to current college students and recent graduates to give them an opportunity to gain professional experience. We commission and create fully mounted productions of plays that come from a variety of sources – classical works, contemporary plays, reader's theatre, literature, film, and works-in-progress.
We strive to bring as many Philadelphia and world premieres to the stage as possible, including five Philadelphia premieres and one world premiere during our first five seasons. Our productions are accessible to many facets of the community, with a special emphasis on bringing schools and universities in contact with our work. New City Stage Company participates in the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre during their tenure and after 5 years of operating under a Special Appearance contract, we transitioned into a Small Professional Theatre (SPT) arrangement with Actor's Equity Association (AEA).
2012-13 is the 7th season for New City Stage Company. We have produced 17 full-length plays in 6 seasons, as well a remount of our 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival production, our first time participating in the festival. We currently produce 4 shows per season and are in residence at the Adrienne Theatre in center city Philadelphia.