Our Mission 

Our mission is to provide opportunities for our community to create and experience live performance in ways we can all be proud of and enjoy.

 Company History 

The Contemporary Theater Company was founded in June 2005. It started as a collaborative project among young local artists interested in restoring the once vibrant live theater scene of southern Rhode Island. After one successful year, the vision matured and the company began to grow.


Since then, our company has prospered, producing more than 70 full-length productions and many smaller events. Our talent pool has expanded backed by generous community support, and thousands of audience members have found a new appreciation of the performing arts.


We currently produce more performances each year than any other theater in the state. In 2017, over 150 performances had ticket prices of $10 or less.

As our company has grown, so has our vision. Early in 2009, we christened ourselves the Contemporary Theater Company to better reflect our new direction. In 2012, we opened a 100-seat theater at 327 Main Street, bringing theater to the heart of our community.

In 2015, we purchased 321 Main Street, behind the theater at 327 Main Street, and began the construction of the Charles Errol Exley Jr. Performance Patio and renovations to the building to include rehearsal space, workshops, and an artist residence. The patio now hosts our summer Shakespeare on the Saugatucket season and community events throughout the year with the Wakefield Village Association like Endless Summer Concert, Oktoberfest, and Winter Wonderland!

In June 2018, we purchased the theater that we've called home since 2012! It's a huge milestone for us, nad we couldn't have gotten here without the support of our wonderful audiences, donors, and artists!


All the while, we have retained a dedication to bringing theater and the arts to everyone. But don’t just take our word for it. In 2010, the Providence Phoenix called us the “Best New and Yummy Theater Troupe” and a year later called us “The Best Theater Company” in all of Rhode Island. In 2012, Rhode Island Monthly awarded us a coveted Best of Rhode Island for artistic revitalization. In 2015, Rhode Island Monthly awarded our Micetro Improv troupe the title of “Best Improv Competition” and our set design for Lysistrata won a Motif Award for "Best Set Design." In 2016, we received 10 Motif Theatre Awards for Sweeney Todd, Narragansett Valkyrie, and Planet Christmas. In 2016, The Newport Mercury named Slamming Doors: An Improvised Farce the Most Innovative Production of the year, and in 2017 gave the same distinction to An Iliad. In 2017, we received a Motif Award for "Most Bombastic Fight Choreography" for our production of Macbeth. In 2018, we received a Motif Award for "Best Set Design" Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead


More Teeth online theater reviews says, “CTC has made it evident in past productions that they are here to play.” We encourage you to come play with us!


The Contemporary Theater Company is led by an all-volunteer Board of Directors that guides the overall direction of the company. Day-to-day operations are led by Artistic Director Christopher J. Simpson and a team of staff and volunteers. Staff includes General Manager Maggie Cady, Associate Artistic Director Ashley Macamaux, Graphic and Scenic Designer Rebecca Magnotta, Facilities Manager Brendan Kelley, and Membership Coordinator Marie Baguchinsky. To see the entire ensemble click here.

 Board of Directors 

Terrence Simpson

Terrence is a local lawyer and deeply involved with the community.


Carla Davis

Carla owns Dove and Distaff in Wakefield and is a lifetime resident of South County and enthusiastic supporter of the CTC.

Vice President

Noel Simpson

Noel is deputy director & chief financial officer at the R.I. Student Loan Authority and helps us keep our numbers straight.


Gina Catalano

Gina works in the financial sector and has a great interest in fundraising for the CTC.


Lisa Bourbonnais

Lisa is the Planning Director of East Greenwich, RI and a long-time CTC improv audience enthusiast!


Allison Burnap

Allison is a dermatology physician assistant and longtime theater-lover.


Brian McNeiece

Brian owns South County Fence and is the track coach for Narragansett and North Kingstown High Schools. Brian fell in love with the CTC after taking Improv 101.


Stephen Mook

Stephen is a pastor at Generation Church and is dedicated to helping build community in South County and around the theater.


Ryan Sekac

Ryan works as an engineer and manager at Electric Boat. As an actor, he's appeared in many shows at the CTC.


Stephen Strenio

Stephen is a long-time actor and artist with the CTC who is interested in its continued growth and development.


Becca Vigeant

Becca is a staff member of the URI Foundation, excited to bring her donation processing knowledge to the CTC.


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Contemporary Theater Company

(401) 218-0282

327 Main Street 

Wakefield, RI 02879

Funding provided in part by a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the Rhode Island General Assembly, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and private funders.

©2021 The Contemporary Theater Company