Hudson Guild Theatre Company serves a community of more than 5,000 low-income residents of diverse cultural backgrounds and their children and youth in neighborhood schools. The Company provides different ways for people to experience the live theatre, especially those who might not otherwise have readily available opportunities to do so. Led by professional theatre artists, the Company provides opportunities each season to anyone interested in participating in a show as performer or backstage worker, regardless of their level of experience or training. Company members gain a deeper appreciation for the live theatre, working to nurture future audiences by sharing their enthusiasm for it. The Company works with children and youth in local schools and after school programs, empowering them to explore role options and positive life choices.
Company members are committed to working hard and closely as a team to produce an intentionally eclectic selection of plays. Productions over the past 15 years have included the Company’s own adaptations of classics like Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, The Arabian Nights, Don Quixote and scenes from Dickens; plays by Chekhov, Shakespeare, Williams and Baldwin; Day of the Dead and Cinco de Mayo pageants; docudramas about the immigrant experience, treatments for the mentally ill, public schooling and gay civil rights leader Bayard Rustin; and explorations of poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks and the African-American Oratory tradition. One of the Company’s achievements is building a very diverse audience base. The Company frequently employs color-blind and gender-blind casting, making for a rich variety of ways in which performers can explore characters of different backgrounds, ages and genders than their own.