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Our History

Vermont’s oldest professional theatre is a living testament to a community’s belief in the arts.

A former church renovated for the town dramatic club by Weston-born architect Raymond Austin, the Weston Playhouse attracted the attention of director Harlan Grant, who launched the theatre's first theater season in the summer of 1937.

Owned by the Weston Community Association and rented by the theatre company during the summer season, the Playhouse was supported by its community through three war-torn summers in the 1940s, a fire that destroyed the original Greek revival building in 1962, and flooding which challenged its replacement a decade later and again in 2011. 

In 1988, directors Malcolm Ewen, Tim Fort, and Steve Stettler took the reins, rededicating the theatre to its community and reorganizing it as a not-for-profit Equity company. "Weston" is now an award-winning regional theatre nationally-known for its multi-stage summer festival and its year-round Education and New Works programs. 

In September 2017, the theatre opened a new venue, Weston Playhouse at Walker Farm. This state-of-the-art, year round center for the arts complememnts Weston's summer programming on its flagship Playhouse stage while allowing the company to expand its role as an incubator for the arts, and foster connections with its cherished community.

In 2018, after 30 years, the trio of Founding Directors (Ewen, Fort, and Stettler) handed the reins to new Executive Artistic Director Susanna Gellert, an artist from New York with deep ties to Vermont, to lead Weston into the future. In 2020, the international COVID-19 pandemic brought live performance to a halt across the country. Weston responded with an exciting "reimagined" season of original digital works with performances reaching over 40,000 patrons across the globe and earned a New York Times Critics' Pick for the creation of One Room. 2021 will see a modified return to live performance.

The History of Weston Playhouse