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. 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 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 2015 added a robust Free Staged Reading Series.
The new theater garnered STC more attention and buzz and grew over its five years at 90 Lafayette. In 2016 the theatre took another step and moved into a larger home at Shetland Park - a beautiful industrial raw space that has, in addition to more seating, more readily accessible parking! STC continues to build on our excellent reputation for affordable, high quality, semi-professional local theatre.