Still Small Theatre Troupe was started in late 2012, and has performed numerous original works since that time, several of which have been recognized with awards.* We offer one large show every summer, and multiple touring shows throughout the year. Still Small is based in Beverly, MA ... but we tour to pretty much anywhere people want us! (For more info on that, see our Shows page.)
Our shows are not specifically for Christian audiences; they're for anyone who wants to enjoy thought-provoking art. All of our performances are followed by a talkback in which the audience can discuss the show with the cast and crew (and sometimes the author!).
We work from a fairly minimalist aesthetic, partly for practical reasons (it's hard to tote a lot of set along with you for a touring show!) and partly because it keeps the focus on the actor and the performance, rather than on elaborate sets and decorations. It also helps us keep our costs low so that we can donate from our proceeds to other charitable causes. This practice was inspired by some enterprising but longwinded forbears, notably La Confradia de Pasion y Sangre de Jesucristo, who managed to fund the hospitals of Madrid for about 300 years on the proceeds of theatre.
From the beginning we've been committed to ongoing learning, both spiritually and artistically, and we set aside time in rehearsal for prayer, acting exercises, study of the play's subject matter, delving into the Bible, and more. We are continually blessed by the wonderful companions of all ages, backgrounds, and gifts who end up joining us for this process!
* Our first play, The Prophet Project, was recognized with the 2013 Making a Difference in Christian Service Award and the 2013 Eldin Villafañe Award for High Distinction in Christian Service, both from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Our 2022 movie, The Diary of Perpetua, received a Special Award from the Content 2022 Film and Media Summit, an award for Exceptional Achievement from the Multi Dimension Independent Film Festival, and an Honorable Mention from MoviePlay International Film Festival.
Our mission is to help people hear again. We believe that hearing things said in the same words time after time lulls people into deafness. The solution is not to shout the same words louder, but to find new ways to speak them. In this pursuit, we “translate” the heart of God into the heart language of our culture – entertainment – so that those who have heard it all before may learn to hear again, and those who have never heard may receive it in a way they can understand. We are committed to: producing high quality theatre with spiritual and/or social significance, holding talkback sessions after every performance, providing a spiritually and artistically enriching environment for our participants, and highlighting other charitable missions at our events to raise awareness, and when possible, funds.
Working With Still Small
We are thoroughly dedicated to the learning process, and are always excited to work with new people! Folks who have been part of our shows in the past have cited the experience as one of the most powerful experiences of their spiritual lives. We also have an absurd amount of fun together! All experience levels are welcome. Visit our Get Involved page for more info!
Ever wonder why we do this crazy thing in the first place? Come join our conversation about theatre, God, and why we so frequently end up wearing moustaches! Watch Video 1 Watch Video 2 Watch Video 3