Fe­in­stein-Gamm The­atre closes cur­tains on Paw­tucket

Theater com­pany an­nounces move to War­wick

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSEPH FITZGER­ALD jfitzger­ald@woonsock­et­call.com

PAW­TUCKET – Af­ter call­ing Paw­tucket home for nearly 15 sea­sons, the San­dra Fe­in­stein-Gamm The­atre, also known as The Gamm, is mov­ing out of the city and re­lo­cat­ing to War­wick be­gin­ning next year, the theater’s board of direc­tors an­nounced Fri­day.

The theater, housed in the Paw­tucket Ar­mory Cen­ter for the Arts on Exchange Street since 2003, will be re­lo­cat­ing to 1245 Jef­fer­son Boule­vard in War­wick for its 2018-2019 sea­son. The theater will con­tinue to per­form at its cur­rent lo­ca­tion in Paw­tucket for the re­main­der of this sea­son.

Founded in 1984 as Alias Stage, the non-profit San­dra Fe­in­stein-Gamm The­atre is a re­gion­ally rec­og­nized, award­win­ning theater and mem­ber of New Eng­land Area The­atre, a bar­gain­ing unit of the Ac­tors’ Eq­uity As­so­ci­a­tion. The Gamm also serves the pub­lic with ed­u­ca­tional outreach pro­gram­ming de­signed to sup­port the the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, and help sus­tain and en­hance the in­tel­lec­tual and cul­tural life of its com­mu­nity.

“Our Arts District has long served as an in­cu­ba­tor for the­atre, mu­sic, art and de­sign. The Gamm has grown and de­vel­oped here with the sup­port of grants and mem­bers of our com­mu­nity,” said Paw­tucket Mayor Don­ald R. Gre­bien said. “While it’s dis­heart­en­ing to see them leave dur­ing such an ex­cit­ing time in our city, we look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing our re­la­tion­ship with them and their ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram.”

The theater’s board of direc­tors had been search­ing for a new home for the theater – in­clud­ing al­ter­na­tive spa­ces in Paw­tucket – for more than a year and de­cided on the build­ing in War­wick, which is the for­mer home of the Ocean State Theater Com­pany. Gamm of­fi­cials say the new space will be ren­o­vated while re­tain­ing an at­mos­phere of in­ti­macy.

“Since 2011 The Gamm has been look­ing for a per­ma­nent space to ac­com­mo­date its grow­ing au­di­ences and ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram­ming” said Gamm Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Oliver Dow. ”Our pri­mary goal was to find a space that could im­prove the con­di­tions for our artists while main­tain­ing the the­atri­cal ex­pe­ri­ence to which our au­di­ence has be­come ac­cus­tomed. This is a once in a life­time op­por­tu­nity for The Gamm to re­light an ex­ist­ing dark theater while mak­ing a sub­stan­tial cap­i­tal in­vest­ment in our artis­tic mis­sion.”

War­wick Mayor Scott Ave­disian said he is look­ing for­ward to the Gamm’s move to War­wick City Cen­tre.

“We are ex­cited to wel­come this award-win­ning theater as the arts an­chor of our “city on the move,’” Ave­disian said. “I am truly look­ing for­ward to forg­ing a great re­la­tion­ship with The Gamm and see­ing Jef­fer­son Boule­vard be­come a cul­tural des­ti­na­tion for the city and the state.”

Gamm Artis­tic Di­rec­tor Tony Estrella said the city of Paw­tucket’s sup­port since 2003 has al­lowed The Gamm to grow ar­tis­ti­cally and ex­po­nen­tially in au­di­ence size.

“Over nearly 15 sea­sons and more than 80 pro­duc­tions we have been proud to call Paw­tucket home,” he said. “We have worked hard to help raise the city’s pro­file as an arts and cul­tural des­ti­na­tion. In turn, we re­main in­cred­i­bly grate­ful for the gen­er­ous sup­port of Mayor Gre­bien and his staff, who con­tin­ued the fine work of the late Mayor James Doyle. They have been in­stru­men­tal in in­creas­ing The Gamm’s reach through­out Rhode Is­land and South­ern New Eng­land.”

Said Estrella: “Though we are mov­ing to a much-needed and im­proved fa­cil­ity, we in­tend to con­tinue our part­ner­ship with Paw­tucket through our in­no­va­tive in-school Paw­tucket Lit­er­acy and Arts for Youth (PLAY) pro­gram. What­ever the fu­ture holds for The Gamm, I know I speak for the board and staff in say­ing that Paw­tucket will al­ways be a large part of who we are and will re­main so for many years to come. “

Sub­mit­ted photo

Left to right, Gamm Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Oliver Dow; Stephen Sos­cia of Mu­tual Prop­erty As­so­ci­ates; and Gamm Board of Direc­tors Pres­i­dent Leon C. Boghos­sian III sign a lease for the Gamm’s new home on Jef­fer­son Boule­vard in War­wick.

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