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 Actors' Equity Association 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 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 Capital 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. In 2011, Capital Stage set to work on renovating the Old Armory in Sacramento's vibrant Midtown district as a custom-designed 125-seat theatre space. We made the bold move to our home on J Street in the fall of 2011 and opened our 7th season with the critically acclaimed "Superior Donuts" by Tracy Letts. This move not only gave us a home of our own, it put us in the heart of the vibrant and thriving midtown Sacramento district where we ensure our company's trademark intimate and quality theatre experience, while expanding our artistic possibilities.
Capital Stage brings cutting-edge and 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 Midtown Sacramento home at 2215 J Street, we keep audiences close to the action with new heights of creativity.