About Us

Our Mission
SpeakEasy produces intimate, entertaining plays and musicals that are new to Boston and compel thoughtful conversation. We champion new talent and future arts leaders, alongside a diverse community of experienced local theatre professionals who share our devotion to excellence. We treat our artists, audiences and supporters as collaborators, working with us to make Boston a city that is sustainable for artists.

Our Programs

  • SpeakEasy MainStage: We create dynamic seasons full of Boston-premiere musicals and plays.
  • Creating Conversations : We keep the dialogue going after the house-lights come up by providing audience discussions, post-show talkbacks, and access to our artists.
  • The Contemporary American Musical Initiative: We excel in presenting unique musical theatre productions that are cutting edge and relevant in both form and subject.
  • The Boston Project: We commission and provide dramaturgical support for Boston-based playwrights to develop new plays that explore what it means to live in our great city today.
  • Fellowship Program & Technical Apprenticeships: We train tomorrow’s arts leaders by providing real work experience for high school and college students, as well as recent graduates.
  • The Thomas Derrah Emerging Artists Fund: We cultivate the next generation of theatre artists by hiring new talent to begin their professional careers working alongside the best actors, directors, stage managers, and designers Boston has to offer.
  • Access Program: We strive to make our programs accessible to Boston’s diverse and vibrant population through multiple community partnerships and collaborations.

Our Values
Heart, Loyalty, Excellence, Courage, Respect, and Joy

Annual Report: 2017-2018

Annual Report: 2018-2019

About SpeakEasy

SpeakEasy Stage Company is a non-profit theatre company located in the South End of Boston and is led by award-winning Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault. SpeakEasy was named the Pavilion Resident Theater for the Boston Center for the Arts in 2007 and produces 28 weeks of new plays and musicals each season at the Nancy and Ed Roberts Studio Theater in the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.

Since its founding in 1992, SpeakEasy Stage Company has distinguished itself as Boston’s premiere theater, consistently winning acclaim for presenting top-quality productions of vital, cutting-edge plays and musicals. For the last 27 seasons, SpeakEasy has kept vibrant, high-quality theatre thriving in Greater Boston and has helped to make Boston’s South End into an artistic and cultural destination. The company provides jobs for hundreds of locally-based artists, actors, directors, and technicians each year, and trains early career artists through its fellowship and emerging artists programs, supporting them as they develop their potential. SpeakEasy’s productions create conversations among audience members that continue long after they leave the theater – challenging, connecting, and inspiring the community.

SpeakEasy Milestones

1992 – SpeakEasy is founded by Producing Artistic Director Paul Daigneault.

1995 – SpeakEasy wins its first Elliot Norton Award for its production of Jeffrey.

2010-2011 – SpeakEasy celebrates its 20th Season, and expands its staff by three, now having a robust team of seven.

2012 – SpeakEasy establishes what will become the Fellowship Program, hiring the first Artistic Fellow.

2014 – Artistic Director Paul Daigneault is honored with the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.

2015 – The Boston Project, SpeakEasy’s new work development initiative, has its inaugural year, culminating in workshop performances of Ward Nine by Bill Doncaster and Born Naked by Nina Louise Morrison.

2015-2016 – SpeakEasy celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season, and honors Steve and Barbara Grossman at a record breaking Spring Gala.

2017 – After setting box office records with its 2016 production of The Scottsboro Boys, SpeakEasy remounts the production for another month long, sold out run.

2017 – SpeakEasy wins an unheard of fourteen IRNE awards, including eleven for its production of The Scottsboro Boys, as well as the Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Musical Production (The Scottsboro Boys).

2017 – SpeakEasy offers its first event Sensory Friendly Performance, adjusting their production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time to make it accessible to those with autism or other sensory disorders.

2018 – SpeakEasy produces Jeanine Tesori’s Fun Home, which boasts a sold-out run and leads to a remount of the production in June 2019.

2019 – SpeakEasy honors Nancy and Edward Roberts at a record breaking Spring Gala.

2019 – SpeakEasy’s staff expands to eight full time staff members, with the addition of the Community Programs Manager, thanks to the generosity of the Barr Klarman Arts Initiative.

The Boston Project

The Boston Project is SpeakEasy Stage’s new works initiative that supports the creation and development of new plays set in Boston, which explore what it means to live in this city at this moment and tap into the full breadth of experiences and identities that make up life in the Hub.

Each May, SpeakEasy accepts proposals for currently unwritten full-length scripts set in contemporary Boston. From the submitted proposals, SpeakEasy selects two projects, and invites the playwrights to spend the upcoming season writing and developing their plays with us.

Once proposals are selected, SpeakEasy works with the playwrights to build a development schedule that fits their needs. Potential available resources include: regular dramaturgical meetings, research assistance, deadlines, table reads, and feedback sessions with the artistic staff. Each playwright will also be paired with a dedicated, professional dramaturg to assist with their process.

The development process culminates in a two-week workshop and invited staged reading in May/June, approximately one year after proposals are submitted. SpeakEasy pairs each playwright with a director for this process, and casts the reading with professional actors. The selected playwrights are each paid a commissioning fee.

Walt McGough, creator of The Boston Project, addresses the audience at the 2017 reading of OLE WHITE SUGAH DADDY. Photo by Nile Hawver/Nile Scott Shots.


The Boston Project is made possible through the generosity of the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

The 2016 Boston Project

Born Naked by Nina Louise Morrison

Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Dramaturgy by Walt McGough

Ward Nine by Bill Doncaster

Directed by Darren Evans
Dramaturgy by Walt McGough

The 2017 Boston Project

Ole White Sugah Daddy by Obehi Janice

Directed by Pascale Florestal
Dramaturgy by Phaedra Michelle Scott

Knock Down, Drag Out by Rick Park

Directed by Maria Silvaggi
Dramaturgy by Ramona Ostrowski

The 2018 Boston Project

DIASPORA! by Phaedra Michelle Scott

Directed by Pascale Florestal
Dramaturgy by Hayley Spivey

       Hot Dog Christmas by Ethan Warren

Directed by Alex Lonati
Dramaturgy by Helen Lewis

The 2019 Boston Project

The Usual Unusual by MJ Halberstadt

Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
Dramaturgy by Helen Lewis

Just Cause by Laura Neill

Directed by Dawn Meredith Simmons
Dramaturgy by Tonasia Jones

The 2020 Boston Project

i didn’t make this by j. sebastián alberdi

Directed by Caley Chase
Dramaturgy by Melory Mirashrafi

Museum Play by John J. King

Directed by Dawn M. Simmons
Dramaturgy by Pascale Florestal




  • Artistic & Administrative

    • Paul F. Daigneault, Producing Artistic Director
    • Alex Lonati, Community Programs & Events Manager
    • Dwayne P. Mitchell, Artistic Fellow

  • Development

    • Cathi Ianno, Director of Development
    • Frankie Concepcion, Development Coordinator
    • Alex Lonati, Community Programs & Events Manager

  • Marketing

    • Jim Torres, Director of Marketing & Communications
    • Evan Turissini, Creative Services & Social Media Manager

  • Production

    • Paul Melone, General & Production Manager
    • Dominique Burford, Associate Manager of Production & Operations


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the governing body of SpeakEasy Stage, holding us in trust for the public. Through advocacy, financial contributions, and active committee participation, our Board:

  • Sets overall policy
  • Champions SpeakEasy in the community
  • Approves our annual budget
  • Exercises oversight of general operations

Board of Advisors

The Board of Advisors is a diverse volunteer group comprised of artists and arts leaders, community activists, business professionals, and entrepreneurs. SpeakEasy’s Board of Advisors expand support, community, and leadership for the company through the following initiatives:

  • Expanding SpeakEasy’s community by opening doors for strategic partnerships and new fans.
  • Supporting the growth of SpeakEasy through financial support & volunteer activities.
  • Socializing and celebrating SpeakEasy at shows and events.

  • Board of Directors
    • Michael Appell
    • Alex Baker, Chair
    • Cathy Cotton
    • Paul Daigneault, President
    • Richard Davies
    • Danné Davis
    • Kerry A. Dowling
    • Jonathan Dyer
    • Andrew Fullem
    • Susan Irvings
    • Melissa Langa
    • Peter Palladino
    • Joey Riddle
    • Nancy Roberts
    • Alejandro Simoes
    • Jim Stiles
    • Ann Teixeira
    • Clea Winneg

  • Board of Advisors

    • Michael Appell
    • Bob Band
    • Gene Bauer & Ellen Shortell
    • Susan Black
    • Brian Bourquin & Paul Mataras
    • Gregory Bulger & Richard Dix
    • A. Joseph Castellana & Jim Seligman
    • David F. Coleman
    • Stacey & Chris Constas
    • Anne d’Avenas
    • Tom Formicola & Lenny Goldstein
    • Joe Gimbel & Jo Strobel
    • Meegan Gliner
    • Curly Glynn
    • Laura Haas
    • Robby Morse Levy
    • Keith MacDonald & Thomas Webber
    • Ben Manthei
    • Jeffrey Mello
    • Roberta Orlandino
    • Grace Parker
    • Jackie & Robert Pascucci
    • Ellen Piccioli
    • Kenneth & Rise Shepsle
    • Hal Tepfer
    • Sandra Weinstein
    • Hannah Weisman
    • Angela Yarde
    • Julianne Yazbek

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments, or thoughts about our work, please feel free to contact us. We’d love to hear from you! Please use the form below, or contact our administrative offices by phone (617-482-3279), fax (617-482-3280), or email (info@speakeasystage.com).

If you wish to order tickets to any of our shows, please contact the Boston Theatre Scene box office by phone (617-933-8600), on their website (www.bostontheatrescene.com), or by email (boxoffice@bostontheatrescene.com).

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