About Us


Since primitive man uttered his first “ugh,” humans have asked: who am I, how did I get here, and where am I going. Some have tried to answer or explore those questions through a particular brand of storytelling called “theatre.” We, at Elements Theatre Company explore those answers, and render the literature of the theatre with imagination and integrity. Elements is a resident ensemble,  dedicated to exploring the vitality of the word and the deepest truths present in the text.

Through dramatic storytelling and imaginative stagecraft, Elements approaches both classical and modern works with honesty and authenticity. The transformative work to become the text—to inhabit another world and live another’s life—is both our pleasure and privilege. We believe in the community born between playwright, actor, and audience. We seek to be available to that divine moment when inspiration, faithfulness, hard work, and love merge, and transport us beyond the familiar into something new.

Founded in 1993, Elements Theatre Company performs year-round at  Paraclete House and the Church of the Transfiguration on Cape Cod in Orleans, Massachusetts. They tour nationally and internationally, performing and leading workshops and discussions at theaters, conferences, schools, and religious organizations. Performance highlights of the past decade include: All My Sons, King Lear, Quem Quæritis, 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.

Members of Elements Theatre Company have trained with teachers from the Royal Shakespeare Company, London’s National Theatre, Central School of Speech and Drama and Shakespeare & Company. The company regularly continues voice training with specific emphasis in the Linklater method.  Their teachers include: Patsy Rodenberg, Joanna Weir Ouston, Glynn MacDonald,  Sue Lefton, and Lenard Petit. Constantly furthering their own training and education, Elements pursues continual courses of study focused on specific techniques, playwrights, and methods, in theatre “hubs” around the country and internationally (London, New York, Chicago). Elements also commits itself to sharing that knowledge with others, in the form of workshops, panel discussions around themes of art and life, and actors’ retreats, on tour and at home on Cape Cod.

Under Director, Danielle Dwyer’s commitment to Elements’ mission of conversation and education, the Company launched a panel discussion series in 2013: Arts in Conversation, featuring leaders in the arts, education, religion, media, and social outreach, with an aim to enrich public dialogue on the power of the arts to humanize our culture. Following performances in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and at home in Orleans, panels have discussed pertinent topics and their relevance today.

“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)