About the Company
Founded in 1993, Elements Theatre Company is a resident theatre company from Orleans, MA. Under the direction of Danielle Dwyer, CJ, Elements Theatre Company has stirred and inspired minds and hearts of audiences both nationally and internationally through dramatic storytelling and imaginative stagecraft of both classical works, modern works, and original compositions. The Company’s commitment to integrity and intensity of language and context, devotion to the transformative work to become the text, and courage to explore the scope of humanity in all its horror, loveliness and humor, has resulted in high acclaim for their performance authenticity and honesty.
The Company regularly studies voice with specific emphasis in the Linklater method as well as other disciplines. Noteworthy instructors include Christine Adaire, Louis Colaianni, Patsy Rodenberg, Joanna Weir Ouston, Nick Sandys Pullen, Glynn MacDonald, Sue Lefton, Elizabeth Ingraham, Jane Nichols, Lenard Petit, Patrice Egleston, Deborah Frances-White, Kestutis Nakas, Jane Nichols, Rachel Slavick, and Daniela Varon. In addition to the Company’s ongoing studies in specific techniques, playwrights and methods in London, New York, Chicago, and at Shakespeare & Company, Elements holds workshops with students, sharing their knowledge at schools and universities while on tour and at home.
True to Elements’ mission of conversation and education, the Company launched a panel discussion series in 2013: Arts in Conversation, with leaders in Arts, education, religion, media and social outreach with the aim to enrich public dialogue on the power of the arts to humanize or culture.
Highlights of the Company’s mission include two tours in Tuscany, Italy performing original mystery plays in Latin, several Eastern U. S. and East Coast tours, as well as tours in New York City, Chicago and Boston. Performance highlights of the past decade include: Oliver!, Blithe Spirit, Ralph Vaughan William’s opera, The Pilgrim’s Progress, fully staged in collaboration with Gloriæ Dei Cantores, All My Sons, King Lear, Quem Quæritis (an original work of the Mystery Plays performed in Latin), The Merchant of Venice, Talking Heads, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Cherry Orchard, Pillars of the Community, A Christmas Carol, God of Carnage, The Dining Room, Rumors, Lion in Winter, and Lady Windermere’s Fan.
Elements Theatre Company is a premiere performing ensemble of Arts Empowering Life Foundation.
“As the company mission statement indicates, Elements Theatre Company is about more than entertainment: every piece they undertake explores the breadth of humanity—its horror, its loveliness, and its humor—with honesty. These actors hold up the mirror for themselves and in turn give us, the audience, the courage to look into that mirror too, and not shy away from what we find.”—JULIE HARRIS (FIVE TIME TONY AWARD WINNING ACTRESS AND ELEMENTS THEATRE COMPANY BOARD OF REFERENCE)
“…one of the Cape’s most memorable Shakespearean performances of all time.”—Barnstable Patriot, USA
“Their professionalism and commitment to their craft are unmistakable.”
—Broadway World, USA