About the Company
New Muses Theatre Company was founded in 2009 by managing artistic director Niclas Olson with a contract to produce Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Roxy Theater in Morton, WA. Over the next seven seasons, and counting, the company has produced works ranging from classics like Romeo and Juliet, Miss Julie, and Doctor Faustus to contemporary plays by Neil Labute, Wallace Shawn, and Michael Frayn in diverse cities including Seattle, Lakewood, and Tacoma. The company currently makes their home as resident artists of the Dukesbay Theater in Tacoma, WA.
As a commercial fringe production company, New Muses produces works with an emphasis on creativity and passion. Our productions thrive on relationships with multi-disciplinary artists, regularly employing actors, directors, and designers functioning in multiple roles within any given production. Our signature reinterpretations of classic works are balanced by productions of contemporary plays along with the challenging works featured in the One-Night-Only staged reading series.
Full productions of classic and contemporary plays and musicals. Past highlights include William Shakespeare's Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts and A Doll's House, Neil Labute's The Shape of Things, Wallace Shawn's The Fever, and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods.
Introduced in the 2015-16 Season, STRIPPED productions feature a recycled minimalist set repurposed to tell large stories, small stories, and anything else we can imagine. Past STRIPPED highlights include Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, and the musical fantasy Into the Woods.
Presented throughout each season, the One-Night-Only Staged Reading Series features book-in-hand readings of challenging and contemporary plays. Past presentations include Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth, Michael Frayn's Copenhagen, Eric Overmeyer's On the Verge, and Christopher Shinn's Dying City.
New Muses Theatre Company is dedicated to producing intelligent, thought-provoking, and engaging theatre for a contemporary audience.