About Theater at Monmouth
Theater at Monmouth is a year-round repertory company of professional theatre artists from across Maine and the United States. Founded in 1970, the Theater was named The Shakespearean Theater of Maine by the Maine State Legislature in 1975. Performances are held in Cumston Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1976.
The mission of Theater at Monmouth is to present innovative approaches to Shakespeare and other classic plays through professional productions that enrich the lives of people throughout the state of Maine.
In its 43 seasons, TAM has presented more than 300 productions in its three-month Summer Repertory Season, including 22 world premieres, entertaining audiences from 36 states and through Education Tours in the fall and spring annually reaching more than 15,000 students in each of Maine’s 16 counties.
The 2013 season includes a spring Page to Stage tour of The Legend of Finn MacCool to elementary and middle schools. Summer productions include Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle; Thornton Wilder’s 75th Anniversary of Our Town, Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, and, for families, a world premiere adaptation of The Velveteen Rabbit. In the fall, we’ll return to Gilbert & Sullivan with Patience in Cumston Hall as well as a 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare at schools and community centers across Maine.
Theater at Monmouth is a constituent member of Theater Communications Group, the Shakespeare Theater Association, the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, and the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce.
From its inception, Theater at Monmouth has maintained strong community partnerships, education programs, and humanities initiatives. Through collaborations with such institutions as the University of Maine at Augusta, the Maine Humanities Council, Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission, The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Cumston Hall Public Library, and schools across the state, the Theater provides educational, scholarly, and artistic experiences for Maine residents of all ages.