OUR HISTORY

"Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre, one of the

TRUE GEMS OF NEW ENGLAND"  Boston Globe Magazine

​​1984, October:  Seven graduates of Trinity Rep Conservatory*, calling themselves Alias Stage, begin performing as an artist collective out of the abandoned Riverside Mills in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhoo​​d.


*Dan Devine, Lucinda Dohanian, George Marcincavage, Pam Powers, Steve Sookikian, Kate Stone and Dan Welch

 

​1989, January:  Less than a month after their original space is destroyed by fire, the artists resume performances in nearby Atlantic Mills.



​​1994, September:  Backed by a newly formed board of directors, Alias Stage relocates to a garage space in Providence's Jewelry District where the company enjoys a growing reputation for quality acting, challenging plays and vivid Shakespeare productions.

1996-2000: Under Artistic Director Kate Lohman and Producing Director Nigel Gore, audiences triple and the theater offers its first Actors' Equity Association contracts to company members.

 

1998, July:  Alias Stage is renamed The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre ("The Gamm") following a gift from the Feinstein Family Trust in honor of the late actress and arts supporter.



2002, October:  Outgrowing its 75-seat house and in need of financial reorganization, The Gamm announces a hiatus following the first production of its 2002-2003 Season, Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

 

2002, November:  The board of directors hires Tony Estrella as Artistic Director, followed by Yvonne Seggerman as Managing Director.



2003, November: The Gamm re-opens as a 135-seat theater in a refurbished annex of the abandoned historic Pawtucket National Guard Armory, with a holiday staging of Dylan Thomas' A Child's Christmas in Wales.



2005, September: The Gamm opens Season 21 as a new member of New England Area Theatre (NEAT), a bargaining unit of the Actors Equity Association, the union of professional stage actors in the United States.



2008, May:  Boston Theater Critics Association honors The Gamm and playwright Paul Grellong with an Elliot Norton Award for "outstanding new script" (Radio Free Emerson, May 2007).



2009, May:  The Gamm wins Elliot Norton Award for "outstanding production by a small company" (Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing!, January 2008).



2010, May: Celebrating its 25th anniversary season, The Gamm receives Elliot Norton Awards special citation ​for having "firmly established itself as a theatrical jewel in our region."

 

2012, November: David M. Wax assumes administrative leadership as managing director.

 

2013, June:  Artistic Director Tony Estrella receives prestigious 2013 Pell Award for "Excellence in the Arts."
 

2014, November:  Oliver Dow hired as managing director.

2017, October:  Board of Directors announces that the theater will be relocating to Warwick, RI.

2018, September: The theater relocates to 1245 Jefferson Boulevard, Warwick, RI in time for its 2018-2019 Season.