Theater at Monmouth is a year-round repertory company of professional theatre artists from across Maine and the United States. Founded in 1970, the Theater was named The Shakespearean Theater of Maine by the Maine State Legislature in 1975. Performances are held in Cumston Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings since 1976.
The mission of Theater at Monmouth is to present innovative approaches to Shakespeare and other classic plays through professional productions that enrich the lives of people throughout the state of Maine.
In its 42 seasons, TAM has presented more than 295 productions in its three-month Summer Repertory Season, including 21 world premieres, entertaining audiences from 33 states and through Education Tours in the fall and spring annually reaching more than 10,000 students in each of Maine’s 16 counties.
The 2012 season includes a spring tour of The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship and Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Summer productions include Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona and King Henry IV, Part 1; William's The Glass Menagerie, Moliere's Tartuffe, and, for families, The Little Prince. In the fall, the Theater will produce Of Thee I Sing by George & Ira Gershwin, Moses Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind in Cumston Hall as well as a 90-minute adaptation of Hamlet at schools and community centers across Maine.
Theater at Monmouth is a constituent member of Theater Communications Group, the Shakespeare Theater Association, the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, and the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce.
From its inception, Theater at Monmouth has maintained strong community partnerships, education programs, and humanities initiatives. Through collaborations with such institutions as the University of Maine at Augusta, the Maine Humanities Council, Arts Midwest, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maine Arts Commission, The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, Cumston Hall Public Library, and schools across the state, the Theater provides educational, scholarly, and artistic experiences for Maine residents of all ages.