Since 1979, the Coterie has playing to over 1 million people, opening lines of communication between races, sexes and generations. Each season, our professional Equity company does six full productions on the Mainstage: three for older students (junior high and high school) and adults, and three for younger audiences and families.
The emphasis is often on new or recent works. World premieres include Alicia in Wonder Tierra, Laurie Brooks' The Wrestling Season, Sheldon Harnick's Dragons, Edward Mast's Wolf Child: The Correction of Joseph as well as The Very First Family, Across the Plains, Nate the Great, Gatherings in Graveyards, Oz and numerous premieres from the Little House series. Further, the Coterie mounted the professional American premiere of Lord of the Flies in its Great Books/Banned Books season, and the first stage mounting of Green Eggs and Ham, the opera, after its concert premiere. Regional premieres have included Athol Fugard's My Children! My Africa! and Valley Song.
In the fall of 2002, The Coterie underwent a tremendous renovation of its facility. This renovation added a kinetic new lobby, a theatre lab for onsite classes, and an improved stage. The Coterie believes innovative set staging, set design, lighting and costuming allow children to visualize life in unique and personal ways.