Newburyport is a hub of cultural entertainment and activities, and also offers a unique selection of outdoor shows in the summer. From live theater productions and comedy shows at the Firehouse Center for the Arts, to outdoor productions at Maudsley State Park and live shows at the intimate Actor’s Studio, there is something here for every taste and style.
Browse the list below to see the shows and productions going on this season, and be sure to subscribe to our email newsletter or Facebook fan page for updated listings of new shows as they are announced.
The Actor’s Studio
Established in 1991, The Actors Studio of Newburyport is a fifty-seat black box theatre located in the heart of historic Newburyport, MA. The Studio hosts a variety of play productions every year, including dynamic, innovative presentations of established plays, as well as new, original works by local playwrights.
Firehouse Center for the Arts
World class musical and stage productions as well as an ongoing series of art exhibits. The Firehouse Center is situated near the banks of the Merrimack River on Waterfront Park and Market Square. It houses a restaurant, a theater for drama, dance, and musical productions and an art gallery. Its offerings are varied-from Shakespeare to David Mamet; Mozart to jazz, country, folk and rock & roll. The art and sculpture exhibits range from traditional landscapes to still lifes to minimalism and abstract expressionism.
Maudslay Arts Center
Natural amphitheater, formerly part of a magnificent private estate. In this beautiful setting, music of all variety is performed during July & August. Concerts include pop, classical, folk, country, and big band. Lawn and patio seating are available.
The Screening Room
An intimate storefront art cinema offering an eclectic selection of American, foreign and indy film fare. The Screening Room is keeping the 20th century alive, by continuing to run actual film, not dvd or other formats. Open every night with late afternoon shows on the weekends.
Theater in the Open
Held at Maudslay State Park. Each season this company of actors and artists presents three outdoor productions and one indoor production for the holidays. Each year the season opens with a giant puppet pageant “The Rites of Spring” and offers a haunted Halloween walk, “Maudslay is Haunted.” The company of actors and artists range in age from 6-60 and offers summer arts workshops for children and teens. Recipient of the 1999 Mayor’s Arts Award.