HISTORY & MISSION
"VERSATILITY, VISION, and willingness to CHALLENGE audiences, The Gamm has emerged as one of the most DYNAMIC theater companies in New England."
The Gamm Theatre is proud to tell stories that entertain, provoke, and engage seriously with the most important issues of our time. The Gamm further serves the public with educational programming that enriches the cultural and civic life of our community.
Now entering its 36th season, The Gamm is one of the region’s premier professional theaters and a cultural asset since its founding in 1984. The Gamm is a destination for critically acclaimed productions, including numerous world and regional premieres. It is the recipient of several Elliot Norton Awards from the Boston Theater Critics Association, among other professional recognitions. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Tony Estrella and Managing Director Amy Gravell, The Gamm brings world-class theater to audiences in Southern New England, including Rhode Island, Connecticut, Greater Boston, and beyond. Drawing on the talent of local and visiting artists, we present an eclectic season of exciting new works and classics made to feel new — from the naturalistic to the epic. Our productions use an intimate space to engage, provoke and entertain audiences while addressing the most salient issues of our time and all time.
Through a range of robust education and community programs, The Gamm promotes life-long literacy for thousands of school students grades K-12, as well as underserved audience members each year. Humanities forums and post-show talkbacks further enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the community.
The Gamm was founded as Alias Stage by a small group of actors from the graduating class of Trinity Rep Conservatory. These young artists performed in abandoned mill buildings in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood for almost a decade. In 1994, backed by a newly formed board of directors, the theater moved to a garage space in the Jewelry District where its reputation for quality acting in challenging and sometimes controversial plays grew.
In 1998, the theater was renamed The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm) in honor of the late actress and arts supporter. The company relocated to an annex of the historic Pawtucket National Guard Armory in 2003, where it performed for 15 seasons and grew exponentially in audience size and renown.
Season 35 (2019-2020) marks The Gamm’s second season in its permanent home at 1245 Jefferson Boulevard in Warwick. With more seats, as well as greater comfort and potential, this newly renovated venue is proving to provide an enhanced experience for our artists and our audience.
The Gamm is a proud member of New England Area Theatres, a bargaining unit of Actors’ Equity Association.
A special thanks to our longtime resident artists. This talented group of actors, directors and designers have been instrumental in solidifying The Gamm’s reputation on stage, honed over 15 seasons in our former Pawtucket home. While our network of collaborators continues to expand, these individuals have made up our original artistic bedrock: Sam Babbitt, Karen Carpenter, Charles Cofone, David T. Howard, Jeanine Kane, Steve Kidd, Jim O’Brien, Wendy Overly, Marilyn Salvatore, Casey Seymour Kim, Fred Sullivan, Jr., Judith Swift, Matthew Terry and Stef Work.