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Description
Each year Capital Stage produces 7 mainstage shows at our highest commitment to quality. Past seasons have included Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winning plays, NNPN Rolling World Premieres, Co-Productions, World Premieres, Adaptations of Classics, Musicals, and more. Producing Artistic Director Michael Stevenson is committed to bringing cutting-edge, award winning plays written by a diverse group of playwrights, and he is committed to hiring diverse casts, crews, designers & directors at least 50% being women, and BIPOC.
Budget
$400,000
Program Successes
- Capital Stage's commitment to producing quality, cutting-edge theatre brings an artistic opportunity to the community to experience live theatre they otherwise would have to find in other cities like San Francisco or Berkeley.
- Each of our productions have received critical acclaim by both audiences and critics alike.
- We have hosted educational opportunities for local schools to attend various productions.
- We continue to grow our subscriber base as well as attract new patrons experiencing Capital Stage for the first time. We ended last season with 2,096 subscribers, and currently we have 2,167 subscribers.
- Our production of VIETGONE was the best selling and attended non-holiday show in our history. We received great feedback from Sacramento's Asian-Pacific Islander community.
Description
Through our commitment with CLARA we are working with the Sacramento City Unified School District to develop educational programs for under-served youth. We are partnering with Emili Danz, the Education Director at CLARA to create new programs for underserved schools. We plan to visit the same classroom several times before our upcoming production of The Arsonists, each visit a unique view of production process -- a designer, the director, and an actor. A special performance would be held for that class, and a follow up visit to the school to get their reactions and stimulate discussion. We have applied for a Transforming the Creative Economy grant with CLARA to fund our pilot program.

With the addition of Capital Stage Academy, we also hope to expand our faculty to include teaching artists in the schools in collaboration with the CLARA outreach program. We have sent out teaching artists to Hollywood Park school for a ten week workshop two times per year starting in the fall of 2017. These programs have shown great successes. We need to find additional financial resources to expand the program.
Budget
$12,000
Program Successes
- A participant in our program has since graduated high school and was accepted into a prestigious performing arts program.
Description
The Capital Stage Apprentice program matches passionate and motivated college students and recent graduates interested in on-the-job training from theatre professionals in all areas of Capital Stage operations. Apprentices are vested with significant responsibilities and successful candidates are detail-oriented, organized, self-motivated, and embrace a fast-paced work environment. Apprentices work 10-12 months between 20-40 hours per week. Apprentices are paid a modest stipend and receive complimentary tickets to all Capital Stage productions.
Budget
$20,000
Program Successes
- The 2021/22 season marks the 8th year of the apprenticeship program.
- Graduates of this program have landed roles at local professional theatres, and have become company members with various Sacramento community theatres.
- Others have become teachers, certified fight choreographers, directors, designers, and have founded their own theatre companies.
- Various apprentices have gone on to appear in TV and film projects.
- A majority of past apprentices have returned to Capital Stage as designers, actors, and collaborators. Some have gained part time employment with Capital Stage.
Description
Cap Stage gives back is a giving program providing an incentive and reward to Capital Stage subscribers who renew their subscription early, during the first six weeks of the annual season ticket renewal campaign by donating ten tickets to a local charity identified by the renewing subscriber. The local charities will be able to use the donated tickets for fundraising, volunteer and staff recognition, or in any manner that benefits their organization.
Budget
$25,000
Program Successes
- Cap Stage gives back was started in 2009. Since its inception over 150 local non profit organizations have received tickets.
- Over 6800 vouchers have been given out, with a total value of in excess of $240,000.
Description
The Capital Stage Academy is an opportunity for local and visiting theatre professionals to share their skills with the Sacramento community. All levels of experience and interest are welcome. Develop your Performing Arts skills and expand your network with Capital Stage professionals and fellow students.
Budget
$6,000
Program Successes
- Capital Stage Academy has offered classes such as Shakespeare, Musical Theatre Audition, Scene Study, Playwriting, Audition Techniques, and more.
- Over 200 students have taken classes with Capital Stage Academy.
Description
As Sacramento's leader of bold, thought-provoking theatre, Capital Stage created PLAYWRIGHTS' REVOLUTION, to identify and develop new plays and playwrights. Each year, a handful of plays are carefully selected from hundreds of submissions. Directors and actors are selected, and audiences are invited to participate in post-reading discussions to contribute to the development of the world's newest plays.

As an associate member of the National New Play Network, it is part of our mission to participate in at least one rolling world premiere per season.
Budget
$10,000
Program Successes
- Through the Playwrights' Revolution program, Capital Stage produced our first world premiere of ERRATICA: AN ACADEMIC FARCE.
- Since we joined as a member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), nearly every year we produce a new play under their NNPN Rolling World Premiere program.