“The Sacramento Theatre Company (“STC”) strives to be a leader in integrating professional theatre with theatre arts education. STC produces engaging professional theatre, provides exceptional theatre training, and uses theatre as a tool for educational engagement.”
The theatre was originally formed as the Sacramento Civic Repertory Theatre in 1942, an ad hoc troupe formed to entertain locally stationed troops during World War II. Realizing success on a tour of local military bases, the Sacramento Civic Repertory Theatre aspired to be a theatre of its own and on October 18, 1949 it achieved that goal with the opening of the Eaglet Theatre, named in honor of the Eagle, a Gold Rush-era theatre, built largely of canvas, that had stood on the city’s riverfront in the 1850s. As a “little theatre,” as community theatres of the time were often called, the SCRT’s home was considered a little Eagle. The theatre benefited from the patronage of newspaper executive and heiress Eleanor McClatchy, an enthusiastic theatre supporter. It was also, briefly, the creative home of aspiring actor Tom Hanks.
Sacramento in 1855 showing the original Eagle Theatre in the grouping of buildings to the left.
The reconstructed Eagle Theatre in Old Town Sacramento in its exact historic location
The Eaglet became the Mainstage of the nonprofit Sacramento Theatre Company, which evolved from community theatre to professional troupe in the 1980s. Now staging plays in two performance spaces, it is the oldest professional theatre in Sacramento. STC, as it is known, has been instrumental in the careers of such regional theatre professionals as playwright Richard Hellesen and director Tim Ocel.
STC-2 is the Young Professionals Conservatory founded in 2003 for actors ages 12-20. Saffron Henke, an associate artist of STC, directed the company for the first four years and directed several plays including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tale.
After decades of use, the Old Sacramento Theatre Company Mainstage was renovated in the H Street Theatre Project. New features included an expanded and modernized lobby and a Cabaret Stage for special performances. The Mainstage received a makeover with expanded new dressing rooms and a new, larger laundry facility.
Sacramento Theatre Co. can accommodate 300 patrons in the proscenium auditorium of its Mainstage Theater, while the Pollock Stage offers a more intimate experience with only 85 seats in a black box theatre. Both provide good acoustics and sight-lines. This Equity-based theatre presents 6-7 full productions per season with a reputation for excellent stage adaptations of classic literature (To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice And Men and A Little Princess).