Our Mission

The Fulton Opera House Foundation is a not-for-profit public charity that exists to engage the public with exceptional theatre experiences that honor, preserve, and extend the Fulton’s role as a National Historic Landmark.

This mission is accomplished through the following programs:

  • Fulton Theatre: A professional regional theatre company nurturing the mind and soul of the community through a season of plays designed uniquely for today’s Lancaster audience and impacting the national theatre community by commissioning and producing world premieres and re-imagined works of note. We produce seven Premier Series productions, as well as four Family Theatre Series productions each season. Both series are available as subscription packages.
  • Education & Outreach: The Fulton is committed to a variety of education and outreach activities, which include:
    • The Fulton Academy of Theatre, a year-round program of classes for adults and youth exploring the tools of theatre making and the wonders of creative expression.
    • Numerous workshops and residencies in the region’s schools, such as Neighborhood Bridges, in partnership with the celebrated Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis.
    • Deeply discounted student matinee performances, which have introduced tens of thousands of young people throughout the region to the art of live theatre.
    • A deep and long-standing commitment to providing accessibility services, making theatre as accessible as possible to the underserved in our community. These services include, but are not limited to: Pay-What-You-Want performances, providing American Sign Language interpretation, Open Captioning and Spanish translation services at certain performances, as well as assistive listening devices available for all performances.

The Fulton is a founding member of the League of Historic American Theatres and is a member of the National Association of Musical Theatres (NAMT) and the International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People. The theatre operates under an agreement between the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union for Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States and employs members of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and the United Scenic Artists.