Mission & Purpose
Lantern Theater Company is committed to an authentic and intimate exploration of the human spirit in our choice of classics, modern, and original works for the stage. We seek to be a vibrant and contributing member of our community, exposing audiences to great theater, inviting participation in dialogue and discussion, engaging audience members on artistic and social issues, and employing theatrical language and techniques to enrich learning in the classroom.
Programs & Awards
Founded in 1994 by Charles McMahon and Michael Brophy, Lantern Theater Company has produced over 100 plays by a wide range of contemporary and celebrated classic playwrights. We reach a loyal and growing annual audience of over 35,000 through three award-winning core programs:
We are committed to creating theater that is smart, fun, engaging, and connected to our modern world. At the core of our company is the belief that great plays, well performed, make a difference in the lives of the people who experience them.
Community and Audience Enrichment: In Conversation
Curated and presented by the Lantern throughout the season, these fascinating discussions with theater artists and special guests focus on relevant and timely topics related to each play. Discussions are followed by an audience Q&A with our panelists.
Illumination Education Program and the Lantern Theater School
Our innovative education programs engage local schoolchildren and adults in the world of theater, nurturing their artistic expression through in-school residencies, discount student matinee performances, teaching artist training, empathy training for medical students, and theater classes for all skill levels.
Since the inception of the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre in 1995, Lantern Theater Company has been recognized with 96 nominations and 19 awards, including the 2009 Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre Education and Community Service. We have been in residence at St. Stephen's Theater at 10th & Ludlow Streets in Center City Philadelphia since 1996, managing the performance space and developing it into an affordable multi-purpose performing arts venue.
Header Photo: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A Child's Christmas in Wales (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in Arcadia (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in The Hound of the Baskervilles (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in The Train Driver (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.