The mission of the Fulton Theatre is to create and produce exceptional theatre that moves the collective soul of our community and honors our national historic landmark.
This mission is accomplished through the following programs:
- Productions: The Fulton produces plays and musicals with the intent to gather a regionally and ideologically diverse community. Productions on the main stage run from three to seven weeks and represent the brightest hits from modern theatrical history. Two subscription series are offered: one of large scale plays and musicals running 8 performances a week and a second of one-hour family-oriented musicals playing on Saturday mornings. Additionally, productions in the studio theatre are designed to build an audience for new, developing, and experimental work and range from readings and partially staged productions to fully realized multi-week runs. All productions feature the highest standards of professional performance, direction, design and execution utilizing the talents of artists from across the country.
- Community Engagement: The Fulton actively develops meaningful partnerships and collaborations within its immediate and diverse community and as a member of a national platform. Programs are facilitated by a dynamic network of professional artists and educators. The Fulton’s Academy of Theatre is a year-round program of classes that engages students of all ages, backgrounds and experiences in the tools and skills of theatre-making. Our Professional Training Program offers apprenticeship, internship and volunteer opportunities to emerging professionals who seek to apply skills acquired in the high school and university setting to a professional institution. For schools and educators, we present a School Day Matinee Performance Series, share the nationally recognized Neighborhood Bridges Program, and host the Pennsylvania High School Drama Festival. Accessibility services include, but are not limited to: Pay-What-You-Want and Sensory Friendly performances, and providing American Sign Language interpretation, Audio Description, Open Captioning and Spanish translation services at certain performances, as well as making assistive listening devices available at all performances.
The Fulton 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 Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and United Scenic Artists. The theatre is also a member of the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1969 by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the theatre was also a founding member of the League of Historic American Theatres.