About Us

The Lyric Stage is an intimate 240-seat 3/4 thrust stage located in the heart of Boston’s Copley Square.

 

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston produces and presents live theatre in Greater Boston with an intimate approach that promotes inclusivity and connection. The Lyric Stage leads an effort to integrate live theater and theater education into the lives of all residents of greater Boston.

Established in 1974, the Lyric Stage is Boston’s oldest resident theatre company, producing a seven-show season which ranges in theatrical genres including classic Broadway-style musicals, new plays and established classics. Highly acclaimed for the breadth, excellence, and variety of its productions, the Lyric Stage is the recipient of 37 Elliot Norton Awards and 66 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards.

Our educational programming reflects a commitment to introduce theatre to Boston’s residents and to inspire young residents of Boston to discover the multiple ways in which theatre can enhance, or become, a life-long career. In 2018, the Lyric Stage began a working relationship with City Stage Co., which reaches over 65,000 students and families each year with its educational performances and workshops, including over 800 annual performances at the Children’s Museum of Boston. The two companies will collaborate to expand the number of schools they jointly reach, and to develop new ways to introducing live theatre to young residents of Boston.

With few exceptions, the actors, directors, designers, stage managers, technicians, music directors, and musicians that work at the Lyric Stage live in the Greater Boston area. In casting and hiring, the artistic department seeks to balance ongoing relationships with opportunities for emerging local artists. We work from artists represented by various theatrical unions, including Actors Equity Association and the Boston Musicians Association, in an effort to make the Lyric Stage a theatrical home to rising and established artists.

Yewande Odetoyinbo* with Juanita Pearl, Soneka Anderson, and Lance-Patrick Strickland in The Wiz.
Photo by Mark S. Howard.

Leigh Barrett* as Mama Rose in Gypsy.
Photo by Mark S. Howard.

Awards

2018

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actor, Will McGarrahan, Souvenir

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress, Leigh Barrett, Gypsy & Souvenir

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Midsize Theater, Summer L. Williams, Barbecue

2017

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actress, Midsize Theatre, Paula Plum, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Production Midsize Theatre, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

IRNE Award – Best Projection Design, Seaghan McKay, Sondheim on Sondheim

2016

IRNE Award – Best Solo Performance, Phil Tayler, Buyer & Cellar

IRNE Award – Best Actress, Midsize (Drama), Lindsey McWhorter, Intimate Apparel

IRNE Award – Best Actress, Musical, Jennifer Ellis, My Fair Lady

IRNE Award – Best Director, Musical, Scott Edmiston, My Fair Lady

IRNE Award – Best Musical, My Fair Lady

IRNE Award – Special Award for Valiant Replacement, Paula Plum, Red Hot Patriot

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Musical Production, Midsize, Small or Fringe, My Fair Lady

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actress, Midsize, Cloteal Horne, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Solo Performance, Phil Tayler, Buyer & Cellar

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Midsize, Scott Edmiston, My Fair Lady

Elliot Norton Award – Musical Performance by an Actress, Jennifer Ellis, My Fair Lady

2015

IRNE Award – Best Lighting Design, Franklin Meissner, Jr., Sweeney Todd

IRNE Award – Best Ensemble, Midsize, Into the Woods

IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actress, Midsize (Drama), Paula Plum, Death of a Salesman

IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor, Midsize (Drama), Kelby T. Akin, Death of a Salesman

IRNE Award – Best Director of a Musical, Spiro Veloudos, Into the Woods

IRNE Award – Best Musical, Into the Woods

IRNE Award – Best Play, Midsize, Death of a Salesman

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actor, Midsize, Nael Nacer, Intimate Apparel

Elliot Norton Award – Best Director, Midsize, Spiro Veloudos, Into the Woods

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress, Aimee Doherty, Into the Woods

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Musical Production, Into the Woods

2014

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Musical Performance by an Actress, Aimee Doherty, On the Town

IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor in a Play, John Davin, One Man, Two Guvnors

2013

IRNE Award – Best Musical, Avenue Q

IRNE Award – Best Actress in a Play, Celeste Oliva, Chinglish

IRNE Award – Best Actress in a Musical, Erica Spyres, Avenue Q

IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, David Kravitz, The Mikado

IRNE Award – Best Music Director, Catherine Stornetta, Avenue Q

IRNE Award – Best Director of a Musical, Spiro Veloudos, Avenue Q

IRNE Award – Best Puppet Appearance, Avenue Q

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Musical Production, Avenue Q

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Ensemble, Avenue Q

2011

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Production, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Spiro Veloudos & Courtney O’Connor, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actor, Johnny Lee Davenport, Broke-ology

2010

IRNE Award – Best Play by Midsize Company, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

IRNE Award – Best Director of a Drama, Spiro Veloudos, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor, Jason Powers, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

IRNE Award – Best Ensemble, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

IRNE Award – Best Lighting, Scott Clyve, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Parts 1 & 2

2009

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Production, Speech & Debate

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Scott Edmiston, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

IRNE Award – Best Musical, Grey Gardens

IRNE Award – Best Music Director, Jonathan Goldberg, Grey Gardens and Kiss Me, Kate

IRNE Award – Best Director (Musical), Spiro Veloudos , Grey Gardens and Kiss Me, Kate

2007

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Production, Miss Witherspoon

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actress, Paula Plum, Miss Witherspoon

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actor, Larry Coen, Miss Witherspoon

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Design, Dewey Dellay, Miss Witherspoon

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Leigh Barrett , Souvenir

IRNE Award – Best Musical, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award – Best Director of a Musical, Spiro Veloudos, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award – Best Musical Director, Jonathan Goldberg, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award – Best Actress in a Musical, Caroline DeLima, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Robert Saoud, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award – Best Lighting, Scott Clyve, Man of La Mancha

IRNE Award – Best Set Design, Janie E. Howland, Man of La Mancha

2006

Elliot Norton Award – Recipient of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, Spiro Veloudos

IRNE Award – Best Actress in a Comedy or Drama, Paula Plum, The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?

IRNE Award – Best Solo Performance, Lanna Joffrey, 9 Parts of Desire

IRNE Award – Best Actor in a Musical, 1776, Peter A. Carey

IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor/Musical, 1776, Timothy John Smith

2005

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actress, Andrea Ross, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award – Best Musical Production, Urinetown

IRNE Award – Best Choreography, Ilyse Robbins, Urinetown

IRNE Award – Best Direction, Spiro Veloudos, Urinetown

2004, IRNE Award – Best Musical Production, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award – Best Director of a Musical, Spiro Veloudos, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award – Best Music Direction, Jon Goldberg, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award – Best Actor in a Musical, Christopher Chew, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award – Best Actress in a Musical, Maryann Zschau, A Little Night Music

IRNE Award – Best Costume Design, David Cabral, A Little Night Music, Noises Off

2003

Theatre Hero Award – Spiro Veloudos

IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actress, Ellen Colton, Beyond Belief

IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor/Musical, Steven Barkheimer, Book of Days

IRNE Award – Best Supporting Actor in a Musical, Brian Robinson, When Pigs Fly, Side Show

2002

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Musical Production, Sunday in the Park with George

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actor, Robert Pemberton, Lobby Hero

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Costume Design, Gail Astrid Buckley, Curse of the Bambino

IRNE Award – Outstanding Musical, Sunday in the Park with George

IRNE Award – Outstanding Director, Spiro Veloudos, Sunday in the Park with George

IRNE Award – Outstanding Actress, Maryann Zschau, No Way to Treat a Lady, Sunday in the Park with George

IRNE Award – Outstanding Actor, Jason Schuchman, Lobby Hero

2001

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actor, Phillip Patrone, Side Man

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actress, Bobbie Steinbach, Over The River and Through the Woods

IRNE Award – Outstanding Actress, Bobbie Steinbach, Over The River and Through the Woods

IRNE Award – Outstanding Choreographer, Ilyse Robbins, She Love Me, A… My Name Will Always Be Alice

IRNE Award – Outstanding Supporting Actor, Philip Patrone, Side Man

IRNE Award – Outstanding Supporting Actress, Jacqui Parker, A… My Name Will Always be Alice

2000

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Production, The Old Settler

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actress, Jacqui Parker, The Old Settler

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Director, Spiro Veloudos, Lost in Yonkers, Assassins, Never the Sinner

IRNE Award – Outstanding Production, The Old Settler

IRNE Award – Outstanding Director, Lois Roach, The Old Settler

IRNE Award – Outstanding Actress, Jacqui Parker, The Old Settler

IRNE Award – Outstanding Actor, Steve McConnell, The Judas Kiss

1999

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actress, Sheila Ferrini , Lost in Yonkers

Best of Boston – Best Theatre Artistic Director, Spiro Veloudos

1997

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Production, Speed-The-Plow

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Designer, Janie Fliegel , Speed-the-Plow/Blithe Spirit

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Actress, Dee Nelson, Blithe Spirit

1995

Elliot Norton Award – Outstanding Designer, Howard Crabtree, Whoop-Dee-Doo

1974

The Lyric Stage founded by Ron Ritchell (pictured) and Polly Hogan.

1976

The fledgling theater company moves to a performance space above the hardware store at 54 Charles Street, producing The Importance of Being Earnest.

1990

After a comprehensive search of the unused spaces in the city of Boston, the Lyric Stage agrees to renovate a former auditorium in the YWCA building in Back Bay.

1991

Renovation of the former YWCA auditorium is complete and the first production in our new home, Red Hot & Cole, is staged.

1995-1996

We win our first Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Designer for the production of Whoop-de-Doo!

1998

Spiro Veloudos is named Producing Artistic Director

Picture of Matt Chapuran

2014

Matt Chapuran is named Managing Director

2017

Spiro Veloudos celebrates 20 years as Producing Artistic Director

Rent our Space

ROOM FOR YOUR CREATIVITY

We operate a 240-seat 3/4 thrust theatre and a rehearsal space equipped for dance and musical needs, all in the heart of Boston.

When not in use by the Lyric Stage’s professional productions, our rehearsal hall is rented at below-market rates to members of the Boston Dance Alliance, but anyone can rent our space. For information and to request to book this space, please email stephanie_hettrick@lyricstage.com. Can’t View The Space In Person? Check Out The Interactive 3D Tour Below!

PHONE / 617.863.8942
EMAIL / stephanie_hettrick@lyricstage.com

Staff & Board

The Lyric Stage Company of Boston is led by Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos and Managing Director Matt Chapuran.

Spiro Veloudos

Board of Directors

Jo-An Heileman | President
Richard Daynard | Vice-President
Sharon Parisi | Clerk
M. Robert Rose | Treasurer
Nina Berk
Barry Bluestone
Julian Cherubini
Mary K. Eliot
Glenda Fishman
Joseph Gimbel
Tim Holiner
G. Lee Humphrey
Stephanie Neal-Johnson
Megan Rokop
Anita Springer
Ron Sudol
Spiro Veloudos
David M. Wang
Kerry Weiss
Sally Zeckhauser

Advisory Council

Hannah Taytslin | Chair
Ernesto Anguilla
Marcia Bartusiak
Barry Chaiken
Carmen Chan
Troy Coady
Mikaila Gazzillo
Michelle Landers
Gustavo Pena
Gautam Ramchandani
Joe Richard
Jan Spitz
Carla The
Jeffrey Thomson
Ruth Rotundo Whitney

We are committed to a Board that reflects the diversity of our communities and welcomes your inquiries. If you have a passion for the Lyric Stage, would like to make an investment in our future, and are interested in learning about becoming a member of The Lyric Stage Company of Boston’s Board of Directors, contact Managing Director Matt Chapuran.

ADMINISTRATION

PRODUCING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / Spiro Veloudos
MANAGING DIRECTOR / Matt Chapuran
ASSOCIATE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / Courtney O’Connor
DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS / Henry Lussier
DIGITAL MARKETING MANAGER / Alex Speir
OPERATIONS MANAGER / Nora Conley
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER / René Morrissette
PRODUCTION MANAGER / Stephanie Hettrick
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR / Connor Thompson

BOX OFFICE, FRONT OF HOUSE, & STAGE MANAGERS

BOX OFFICE MANAGER / Julianna Augustine
BOX OFFICE & FRONT OF HOUSE MANAGERS / Charles Augustine, Antonio Del Valle, Sara Kenney, Katherine O’Connor, Brittany Ross, Jamie Semel, Padraig Sullivan
BOX OFFICE & FRONT OF HOUSE ASSISTANTS / Anamaria Alarcon, Kathleen Anderson, Sarah Bord, Alyssa Raine Lara, Matt Miller, Maeve Power, Lauryn Reid, Tyler Robichaud, Linda Shewokis, Allison Valton
ARTISTIC ASSOCIATES / Sivan Amir, Aliza Kenney
DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT / Maeve Chapman
DIGITAL MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANTS / Madisyn Bozarth, Kate Casner, Michael Rocco
DIGITAL MEDIA ASSISTANTS / Beatrice Black, Thomas Coughlin
GRAPHIC DESIGN, COPY-EDITING, & PUBLISHING ASSISTANT / Rishona Kumar
GROUP OUTREACH ASSISTANT / Charlie Sirmaian
MANAGEMENT ASSISTANTS / Michael Gormley, Lawrence Nieves
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS / Tuck Wunderle, Ally MacLean

STAGE MANAGERS / Lauren Burke, Geena Forristall, Diane McLean*, Betsy Pierce, Nerys Powell*, L. Arkansas Light*, Athena – Gwendolyn Baptiste

* Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association

Please Note: Despite minor street work in front of 140 Clarendon, our space is open and remains fully wheelchair accessible.