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Capital Stage Company

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: Capital Stage Company's mission is to be a dynamic leader in the evolution of the contemporary live theatre landscape in the Capital region and to passionately engage audiences in the art of live storytelling with bold, innovative plays performed by professional artists, in an intimate, up close setting. With a strong commitment to expanding the base of working artists in the greater Sacramento region, we shall develop a company of actors, directors, writers, designers, and technical staff who are dedicated to bringing bold, lively productions of contemporary and classic plays to our community. While part of the mission of any theater company is to entertain its audience, we at Capital Stage feel strongly that the productions we mount address issues that are vital to understanding the society we live in and ourselves as human beings in that society. We address themes of power and manipulation in relationships between men and women, children and parents, and organizations and individuals. We invite audiences to question the ethics and meaning of art, the definitions of sanity and intelligence, and the line between exploitation and legitimate relationship. We believe that in a large and growing urban environment, where individuals and groups are constantly bombarded with information and demands for decisions, the need for thoughtful examination of our interactions in society has never been greater.

Geographic areas served: Greater Sacramento Region

Programs: Capital stage presented seven mainstage productions, one special event, and six staged readings totaling 213 performances with 20,442 in paid attendance. Capital stage continued both its playreading series and apprenticeship program for young adults entering into the profession.

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been on the Board for about 4 years and have found it very rewarding and a great way to advance the arts in Sacramento. Capital Stage consistently delivers intelligent, thought-provoking, entertaining and edgy professional theater. Plan on going out for drinks after a performance you and your friends will want to dissect what you have seen.


Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a phenomenal little theatre company that hugely enriches the Sacramento performing arts scene. I've been coming to plays at Capital Stage for five years now, and I've never seen a bad production. The play selection, acting, direction, sets, music - everything is excellent. As good as you could find anywhere in the Bay Area or LA, or anywhere else for that matter. There's an intelligence that pervades every aspect of every production. Customer service is fantastic and the atmosphere is welcoming. I just worry about staff burnout - everyone is doing so much all the time and they simply will not let quality suffer no matter how many hours they have to put in. Another drawback is their current location, which offers no hint that there is in fact a theatre located on board the Delta King riverboat.