Theater of the Seventh Sister
PO Box 276
Lancaster, PA 17608-0276
Theater of the Seventh Sister exists to produce professional theater: classics, new and contemporary plays, experimental theatrical forms, education, and outreach programs. It is a fusion of professional artists whose mission is to speak to an increasingly diverse and multi-cultural community. It believes that theater is a vehicle for spiritual, emotional, and social sharing, a medium that enriches and enlivens our perceptions of our place and ourselves in time and affirms theater as an integral part of the human experience. Theater of the Seventh Sister is dedicated to ever-growing artistic quality, to mutual support of each artist and to humane, non-exploitative management of the company.
Our programming strives to provide seven core values to the community as befitting our Theater. They are: to be excellent and thought provoking; to connect diverse communities; to demonstrate artistic integrity and creative courage; and to provide illumination and authenticity.
provide a working actor with a small stipend to read, research and perform in a Reader's Theatre production of an original play written by a local playwright, giving some validation to their work as an performing artist.
help to ensure that Theater of the Seventh Sister survives to keep the Spoken Word alive in Lancaster, in the form of comedy, drama, verse, story and original works.
provide high school and middle school students with a four-day residency program called Shakespeare Face to Face. Using professional actors, the major scenes of Romeo & Juliet are performed. A narrator provides continuity. While strictly adhering to Shakespeare’s text, Face-to-Face focuses on the decisions each of the characters make and their resulting consequences. Shifting to a more interactive and innovative approach the students take control of the characters and circumstances of the play, ultimately creating their own playlets based on the original situations. This approach gives the students an opportunity to investigate their own decision-making and how the resulting consequences might affect their own lives.