Managing Director Stephen Nunley and Producing Artistic Director M. Bevin O'Gara

Managing Director Stephen Nunley and Producing Artistic Director M. Bevin O'Gara



The Kitchen Theatre's LEED-certified building on West State/MLK Jr. Street in Ithaca. Photo by Dave Burbank.

The Kitchen Theatre's LEED-certified building on West State/MLK Jr. Street in Ithaca. Photo by Dave Burbank.

 

Mission:

To create bold theatre within our intimate space that engages community and sparks important conversations.

Artistic Vision: 

To be leaders in creating art that explores humanity from multiple perspectives and connects the work on our stage to the depth and breadth of the human experience.

Organizational Priorities: 

  • Think boldly, broadly, and diversely

  • Collaborate with exceptional artists 

  • Nurture new work and young artists

  • Innovate on and off stage

  • Ignite dialogue

  • Be authentic and responsive

  • Foster inclusivity and accessibility

Community and Connections

KTC strives to create connections and community. Connection between the artist and the audience. Connections among community members and between our community and the larger world.

KTC’s unique position in the Ithaca and Tompkins County communities allows it to offer local and visiting theatre artists and groups access to the space through the Kitchen Sink Series. Participating area theatre companies including Civic Ensemble, Homecoming Players and Running To Places.

KTC also collaborates with other theatre's outside of Tompkins County, including the Geva Theatre in Rochester. This year we will be starting a new collaboration with the Boston Playwrights' Theatre.

History 

Kitchen Theatre Company was the dream of a group of talented and determined theatre artists. In 1991, they created a place where they could work together and hone their craft. Led by Matt Tauber and Tim O'Brien, the Kitchen Theatre Company’s productions were infused with the high energy and drive of hungry young artists setting out to change the world. For the fourth through the sixth seasons, Norm Johnson, Jr. took up the artistic reins. Norm championed the challenging and difficult over easy entertainment.

KTC resided at the Clinton House from 1995 to 2009. In 2010, Kitchen Theatre Company (KTC) moved to 417 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Street, making history by becoming the first theatre company in Ithaca to own its own location. The completion of the building represented the culmination of a dream of Kitchen Theatre Company staff and board. The Campaign for a Bold, New Space, led by co-chairs Percy Browning, KTC Past Board President, and Greg Hartz, CEO Tompkins Trust Company, along with KTC Artistic Director Emeritus, Rachel Lampert and Managing Director, Stephen Nunley, successfully raised $1.2M to construct a LEED-certified green building that includes a 99-seat thrust stage space, dressing rooms, green room, scene shop, inner lobby, outer lobby/art gallery, hospitality bar, box office, and a striking glass entranceway called "the beacon" that welcomes all to the Kitchen's new home.

Artistic Director Emerita Rachel Lampert led the company from 1997 to 2017. Rachel’s passion and experience in creating new works brought the artistic quality and funding to new levels. Along the way, she shared her own theatre adventures, used the theatre in exciting new ways, engaged underserved audiences and gave younger artists, especially women, many opportunities.

Lampert retired at the end of the 2016-2017 season, and M. Bevin O’Gara took the helm as the company’s new Producing Artistic Director. O’Gara came to the Kitchen from Boston, where she was Associate Producer at the Huntington Theatre and directed productions throughout the Boston area.

Over its 27 year history, KTC has produced over 200 plays, including 34 world premieres. We have premiered works by Adam Bock, Tanya Barfield, Darian Dauchan, Brian Dykstra, Brian Parks, Rachel Axler, Jason Odell Williams and many others.

We challenge audiences to See Differently and to engage with the important conversations begun by our productions. KTC is committed to producing new work and to being an inclusive, diverse and accessible space for artists and audiences.