The Sacramento Theatre Company (STC) strives to be the 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 have a theatre of its own. 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; a “little theatre,” as community theatres of the time were often called, the SCRT’s home was considered a “little Eagle.” The Eaglet 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 Theatre eventually became the Main Stage of the not-for-profit Sacramento Theatre Company, which evolved from a community theatre to professional theatre company in the 1980s. Now producing shows in three performance spaces, it is the oldest theatre company in Sacramento. STC has been instrumental in the careers of such regional theatre professionals as playwright Richard Hellesen and director Tim Ocel.
The Young Professionals Conservatory, a training program for young theatre artists, was founded in 2003. Saffron Henke, an associate artist of STC at the time, directed the company for the first four years. The program, as well as the entire STC School of the Arts, is now directed by Michele Hillen-Noufer.
After decades of use, the old Sacramento Theatre Company Main Stage was renovated as part of the H Street Theatre Complex Project. Features now include an expanded and modernized lobby and a Cabaret Stage for special performances. The Main Stage now has expanded dressing rooms and a new, larger laundry facility.
Sacramento Theatre Company can accommodate 290 patrons in the proscenium-style auditorium of its Main Stage, while the Pollock Stage offers a more intimate experience with only 85 seats in a black box-style theatre. Both provide good acoustics and sight-lines. This professional, Equity theatre presents seven professional productions per season with a reputation for excellent stage adaptations of classic literature. Three annual productions in the Cabaret Stage, which seats 100, round out the experience with high-quality Broadway musical reviews. At STC, there is truly something for everyone.