The Contemporary Theater Company

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The Contemporary Theater Company (CTC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit theater company based in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. Founded by Artistic Director Christopher J. Simpson in 2005, the company presents a range of plays throughout South County with an emphasis on reaching first-time theatergoers. The company presents an annual holiday show at the historic waterfront Towers in Narragansett and produces an annual 24-Hour Play Festival at the South Kingstown High School. Additionally, the company presents classes at its Studio located in the South County Commons and opened a new theater at 327 Main Street in historic downtown Wakefield in July 2012.

Mission Statement[edit]

The board-approved mission of the theater governs the organization's decision making from the highest level down. Every undertaking must adhere to one or more of the tenets espoused within.

The Contemporary Theater Company believes that art is essential to our well-being as individuals and to the betterment of our community. Through live performance we provide opportunities for all people to enjoy art, and in so doing bring a comprehensive arts experience to South County.
We provide opportunities for established artists to refine and present their craft.
We provide opportunities for students and aspiring artists to acquire skills and grow.
We provide opportunities for first-time participants to experience the arts in ways they can be proud of and enjoy.
We provide opportunities for everyone to experience live performance regardless of circumstances[1]


The Contemporary Theater Company started as an unincorporated group in 2005 known as The Courthouse Summer Theater Company. Its first production was Rumors by Neil Simon in the summer of 2005. The company incorporated on May 30, 2006.[2] The company continued to present shows under the name The Courthouse Theater Company at the Courthouse Center for the Arts until the end of 2007, when the center established an in-house theater group.

In 2009, The Courthouse Theater Company renamed itself The Contemporary Theater Company. It has since produced shows including The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)[3] and The Gift of the Magi.[4]

Past Seasons[edit]

2013 Season[edit]

2012 Season[edit]

2011 Season[edit]

2010 Season[edit]

2009 Season[edit]

2008 Season[edit]

2007 Season[edit]

2006 Season[edit]

2005 Season[edit]

Awards & Nominations[edit]

"Rhode Island Monthly Editor's Pick" 2012 Arts Revitalization Award

Providence Phoenix: The Best of RI 2011

Best Theater Company (won)[5]

MoreTeeth's Most Teeth Theater Awards May 2010 - May 2011

Best Play (Drama): Romeo and Juliet (nominated)
Waiting for Godot (nominated)
Best Director: Ryan Hartigan, Waiting for Godot (won)
Amy Lee Connell, Shawn Fennell, Nevan Michael Richard & Christopher J. Simpson, Romeo and Juliet (nominated)
Best Dramatic Performance (Female): Amy Lee Connell, Romeo and Juliet (nominated)
Best Dramatic Performance (Male): Stephen Strenio, Waiting for Godot (won)
Best Supporting Dramatic Performance (Female): Amy Lee Connell, Romeo and Juliet (nominated)
Best Supporting Dramatic Performance (Male): Maxwell Matthews, Waiting for Godot (nominated)[6]

2011 Motif Magazine Theatre Awards

Best Supporting Male: Christopher J. Simpson, Waiting for Godot (won)[7]

Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Chamber Impact Awards

Excellence in Innovation Award (won)[8]

Providence Phoenix: The Best of RI 2010

Best New & Yummy Theater Troupe (won)[9]

2009 Motif Magazine Theatre Awards

Best Supporting Female: Meghan Rose Donnelly, Noises Off (nominated)[7]


The CTC is led by an eleven-member board of directors and Artistic Director Christopher J. Simpson.[10] In 2009, Simpson won a fellowship from Princeton University to help grow the company.[11]


  1. ^ "The Company". Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
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  3. ^ BILL RODRIGUEZ (2009-08-04). "Shakespeare for dummies - Theater". Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  4. ^ BILL RODRIGUEZ (2009-12-08). "The Carols of Christmas - Theater". Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  5. ^ "Contemporary Theatre Company > Best Arts + Entertainment - Providence Best Readers Poll 2011". Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  6. ^ "The MostTeeth Awards! May 2010 - May 2011". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
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  8. ^ "Annual Recognition Awards - South Kingstown Chamber of Commerce". Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  9. ^ "CONTEMPORARY THEATER COMPANY > Best Arts + Entertainment - Providence Best Readers Poll 2010". Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  10. ^ "Directory of Nonprofits". 2012-03-16. Retrieved 2012-04-16. 
  11. ^ Greenstein, Jennifer (2009-05-14). "Princeton University - At hometown theater, Dale winner will mount a season of accessible drama". Retrieved 2012-04-16. 

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