History & Mission

Our Mission

Our mission is to produce intimate, challenging and entertaining theatre; reflect the tastes and backgrounds of 21st century Boston; and provide a home for Boston-based theatre artists to establish and expand their careers.

Our History

As Boston’s oldest professional theatre, the Lyric Stage has observed and been a part of a great many changes in the local theatrical scene.  The Lyric Stage was formed in 1974, and started performing in the Community Church on Boylston Street.   Focusing mainly on beloved classics – works by such playwrights O’Neill, Williams, Pinter, Shaw, and O’Casey – the Lyric Stage began its residency at 54 Charles Street in 1976.

In 1991, the Lyric Stage moved into its present intimate theatre at 140 Clarendon Street and the “modern era” of the Company began.   Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Spiro Veloudos since 1998, the Lyric Stage is leading the way in showcasing the work of the best Boston actors, designers, and directors.  Since Mr. Veloudos' appointment, the Lyric Stage has continued to support and nurture Boston-area theatre artists. The Lyric Stage continues its commitment to emerging and established Boston theatre artists by producing plays by the most talented playwrights, actors, directors, and designers that Boston has to offer. Over the past 41 years, the Lyric Stage has employed over 800 actors and 160 designers, highlighting the incredible depth of talent available in the Boston area.   

The dedication to Mr. Veloudos' vision has paid off with a consistent rise in subscriptions, 25 Elliot Norton and 50 Independent Reviewers of New England Awards (IRNE) as of 2012, and a reputation as the place to see quality, contemporary live theatre in Boston. Mr. Veloudos plans for the Lyric Stage to be at “the forefront of opening doors to a more diverse artistic playing field.  We certainly hope that what happens on the stage of the Lyric will be as a mirror held up to the true nature of the Boston community, reflecting the diversity and multi-cultural aspects of our home city...all the while continuing to be theatre that entertains, challenges, and provokes.”


Notable Productions and Benchmarks    

    2017: Spiro Veloudos celebrates 20 years as Producing Artistic Director 

    2014: Matt Chapuran starts as Managing Director 

    2013-14 season: Into the Woods  – top grossing musical of all time

    2013-14 season: Death of a Salesman – top grossing play of all time

    2011-12 season:   Avenue Q – set new record for a musical

    2010-11 season: Nicholas Nickleby (parts I & II) – large and ambitious production

    2006: Elliot Norton Award for Sustained Excellence, Spiro Veloudos

    2004:   Sara Glidden starts as Managing Director

    2003: StageSource Theater Hero Award, Spiro Veloudos

    2001-02 season:   Sunday in the Park with George (2001-02) –  first large-scale production

    1999: Best of Boston, Best Artistic Director, Spiro Veloudos

    1998-99 season:   Assassins – first book musical

    1998:   Spiro Veloudos starts as Producing Artistic Director

    1996-97 season:   Speed-the-Plow – first  Elliot Norton Award for Best Production

    1995-96 season:   Whoop-de-Doo! – first Elliot Norton Award (for Outstanding Designer)

    1990:   Red Hot & Cole – first production at 140 Clarendon Street

    1976:   The Importance of Being Earnest  – first production at 54 Charles Street

    1974:   The Lyric Stage founded by Ron Ritchell and Polly Hogan