The Salem Theatre Company (STC) was founded in 2002 by Artistic Director, Matteo Pangallo. To implement his vision of a semi-professional local theater for Salem and the North Shore, he established a Board of Directors (BOD) and a Board of Advisors (BOA), and led the first several seasons. During his tenure, and under the original BOD, STC was incorporated as 501(c)(3 ) Salem Arts Center, Inc.
The organization has flourished in its development, expanded its theatrical offerings, and enjoyed positive reviews for its delivery of outstanding theater and its commitment to Salem and the North Shore, even as its leadership and its performance spaces changed. STC has increased the annual number of Main Stage productions from three to five, added “second stage” offerings to supplement its Main Stage productions, and in 2010 added a “Music & More Series” in partnership with a variety of other artistic groups.
In 2008 we added the position of Managing Director in addition to an Artistic Director, and we have added additional members to the BOD and the BOA. The BOD is actively involved in the work of the theater, from setting policy to fundraising.
In February, 2010, we took an exciting leap forward and opened our own theater in a leased space at 90 Lafayette Street in Salem. Previously, we had been an itinerant company performing at a number of Salem venues, such as First Church in Salem, Old Town Hall, the Griffen Theater, and the Salem Athenaeum. Staff and volunteers collaborated to build the stage, backstage, box office, and to provide lights, sound, curtains, and other support. In a capital campaign, as well as our yearly outreach to donors, we quadrupled our donor base, added more business sponsors, and increased advertising revenue. The new theater garnered STC more attention and buzz. STC continues to build on our excellent reputation for affordable, high quality, semi-professional local theater.
Over five years at the 50 seat black box on Lafayette Street STC's audience grew as did its programming. This year STC will move to a large, raw and flexible space that will seat 100, have a larger stage and back stage area. 2014 and 2015 saw an audience size that doubled and a talent pool that increased significantly. In order to accommodate both STC has taken another leap to a new home at Shetland Park.