Capital Stage Company

To entertain, engage, and challenge our audience with bold, thought provoking theatre.

Capital Stage aspires to be an award winning regional theatre of national renown, a leading voice in the development of new plays in America, and a regional center for theatre education and community enrichment.

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Address: 2215 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
County or Parish: Sacramento
Executive Director: Michael Stevenson
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-476-3116
Fax: 916-822-3788
Capital Stage was founded as the Delta King Theatre in 1999. At that time, the company was a division of the Riverboat Delta King, performing in the riverboat's intimate, 115-seat theatre. In 2004, we became a professional, Equity company and in 2005, Capital Stage Company, became an independent, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, increasing our capacity to stage innovative and thought-provoking productions and to become a leader in the evolution of the performing arts in our region. In 2011, Cap Stage set to work on renovating the Old Armoury in Sacramento's vibrant midtown district and made a bold move to our new home on J Street. In 2006, after only one year of producing as the newly formed Capital Stage, the critics of the Sacramento News & Review voted us the 'Best Professional Theatre' in the greater Sacramento region. Since then, Capital Stage continues to receive praise for 'bringing an edgier, urban sophistication to professional theatre...' (Sacramento Bee).

In 2008, the Arts & Business Council recognized Capital Stage with the 'Arts Management Excellence' award. That same year, our Founding Artistic Director, Stephanie Gularte, was selected as one Sacramento Magazine's '40 Under 40' people to watch for 'giving a shot in the arm to local theatre.' In 2010, the Sacramento News & Review named Capital Stage "the best of the best" for "an unbroken history of picking great plays for great directors, casting them well and letting the show go on from there." With Cap Stage's rapid growth, it was only a matter of time before our small professional company with its quality productions of contemporary plays, would outgrow our home aboard the Riverboat Delta King. We are bursting with pride to presenting our ninth Cap Stage season, the third season in our new home on J Street, the historical Old Armoury repurposed as a custom-designed 125-seat theatre space. This move not only gives Cap Stage a home of our own, it puts us in the heart of the vibrant and thriving midtown Sacramento district where we will ensure our company's trademark intimacy and intensity while expanding our artistic possibilities. At Cap Stage we bring gutsy, thought-provoking plays to our community, casting the finest actors, and pursuing an artistic vision that explores the very core of what it means to be human. In our new 2215 J Street home, we keep audiences close to the action with new heights of creativity.
$40,000: General operating support
$25,000: Funding of our educational programs/outreach including our apprenticeship program
$20,000: Development department capacity building
$15,000: Expansion of our marketing department
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - General operations, facility maintenance
  2. Funding: Program - Educational outreach and apprenticeship program
  3. Board Members - Board Development.
  4. Funding: Other - Funding for building capacity in our marketing and development departments.
  5. Funding: Program - Ongoing support for production of plays.
"As a non-profit theatre company, Capital Stage depends on our community. Theatre is an intensively collaborative act, and we literally could not do what we do without the support of our donors. From our very first production on the Delta King, to our most recent show at our beautiful theatre on J Street, to our new office, classrooms and rehearsal spaces in the CLARA, our donors have been the key to our success. As you may know, ticket sales only cover a portion of our costs. Your donation makes our work possible - they help create the costumes, the sets, the lighting and the dozens of designers, staff and artists that we employ. Your tax deductible contribution makes these programs possible: - Mainstage: A year round season of thought provoking, conversation starting theatre that entertains, engages and challenges - Playwrights' Revolution: Our annual new play festival for the next generation of playwrights - plays are submitted from all over the country, and the four finalists are given a staged reading at CapStage - last year we received over 700 scripts! - CapStage Academy: Our new theatre education program at the CLARA, offering acting classes taught by experienced theatre professionals to the local community. DID YOU KNOW? - Ticket sales account for only 65% of Capital Stage's operating costs (the national average is 55%). - California ranks in the bottom 10% of states in the country for government support for the arts. Your tax-deductible contribution to Capital Stage, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, helps us surmount this deficit. - Supporting Capital Stage means supporting local business! In addition to the nearly 100 full-time, part- time and contracted staff employed at Capital Stage each year, our productions bring thousands of patrons to Midtown who in turn shop and dine at other local businesses. - Most of the actors working for Capital Stage are full-time, professional actors who receive a salary and health care contributions from Capital Stage. - Our CapStage Gives Back program has donated over $192,000 in ticket vouchers to hundreds of local non-profit groups. CAPITAL STAGE HISTORY 2006: Named 'Best Professional Theatre' by the Sacramento News & Review, and the 'Hot New Theatre to Watch' by Sactown Magazine. 2007: Artistic Director invited to be guest speaker for Renaissance Society. 2008: Received a Creative Connections grant from James Irvine Foundation to produce "Playwrights' Revolution" and received an award for Arts Management Excellence from the Sacramento Arts and Business League. Launched Summer Youth Theatre program for teens. 2009: World Premiere of ERRATICA: AN ACADEMIC FARCE by Reina Hardy. 2010: Began major gifts campaign to raise $300,000 for renovation of the old armoury at 2215 J St. Received Second Creative Connections grant from James Irvine Foundation for Women In Theatre Project. Received Arts Innovation Award from the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. 2011: Opened 127 seat theatre at 2215J Street. 'Superior Donuts' opens seventh season, the first at the new theatre. Season subscribers increased 25%. 2012: Season 8: The Power Plays, begins with Enron, by Lucy Prebble. The cast of 12 is our largest cast to date, and new video technology is introduced to the venue. Sacramento News & Review critics name Capital Stage "Best Theatre for Thinkers". Capital Stage is selected as an associate member of the National New Play Network (NNPN). Began partnership with Notable Books at the Sacramento Library. 2013: Offered our first adaptation of a classic play, HEDDA GABLER. Started our ninth season with record breaking subscription sales. Stephanie Gularte steps down as Artistic Director. Jonathan Williams named new Artistic Director. 2014: Continued improvements to the J Street venue including the redesign of the rear patio space by local designer Shasta Smith, featured on a new television series call Red Hot Design on the new FYI network an affiliate of A&E. 2015: Michael Stevenson named as new Artistic Director. Announces the move of the administrative offices to the Studios Project at the Freemont School location. This will include rehearsal space and space for expanding the educational program. 2016: Michael Stevenson announces his first full season of productions as Capital Stage's new Artistic Director. Completed renovations and moved to E. Claire Raley Studios for the performing arts. 2017: Season 13 continues the tradition of our programming addressing critical and current social issues such as racism in America, the complexity of social services, the morals and ethics of virtual reality, the healing power of grief, understanding the mysteries of human identity, and political correctness gone taken to extremes."
-- Michael Stevenson, Producing Artistic Director