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.
Capital Stage was formed out of a passionate belief that live theatre provides, as Oscar Wilde put it, “…the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” Our productions explore the human condition in relation to society and celebrate the participatory process of theatre as equal parts story, performer and live audience. We do this through the creation and interpretation of critically acclaimed plays, as well as bold new works, that engage the mind and soul. We produce fully mounted plays with professional actors; perform lively staged readings; partner with other nonprofits in our community; offer educational and outreach programs; and seek diversity among our artists and our productions.
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.”
Over the years, our support base has continued to grow, with new subscribers joining Capital Stage each day, and with funding support coming from important community partners such as Downey Brand, Pillsbury, Wells Fargo, AT&T, Boutin Jones Inc., U.S. Bank, Sierra Health Foundation, the Irvine Foundation, and the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission. Our programming has expanded to include our new play development series, the Playwrights’ Revolution, our teen program, Capital Stage Youth Theatre, and an annual group tour to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
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 present our 2011-12 Cap Stage season to you 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 do more than entertain. 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. Our new 2215 J Street home, will keep our audiences close to the action with new heights of creativity. Nothing plush, just a comfortable, intimate theatre that puts the spotlight on the art.