History of the Stage Company

Founded in 2008, the performing arts program at The Umbrella officially became the fifth member of The Umbrella’s family of programming. Under the name “Emerson Umbrella Presents”, it experienced early success with its first production of THE PRODUCERS, earning a host of award nominations and recognition, and in 2011 The Umbrella won its first BEST MUSICAL award for RAGTIME under the direction of Julia Deter.

In 2012, Brian Boruta was named Artistic Director and under his leadership The Umbrella has staked its claim as one of the most well-recognized and award-winning theaters in Greater Boston. Following a principle of presenting Bold, Daring, and Innovative theatre, Brian has brought thought provoking, engaging, and socially relevant theatre to Concord through the production of cutting edge plays and musicals and with fresh presentations and technology for revivals and classics. This approach has earned The Umbrella over 100 award nominations under his tenure including Best Production awards for TRUE WEST, BIG FISH, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and PARADE.

Today, under the name The Umbrella Stage Company, the program is officially recognized as Greater Boston’s newest professional theatre and our team of designers, directors, actors and technicians are set to move into a new facility which broke ground in 2017 and will open with the 2019/2020 season. One of the most exciting additions to the Greater Boston performing arts landscape in the last decade, this new facility will house two new venues, a 350 seat main stage and a 100 seat flexible black box space. With state of the art technology, support spaces, and a superior audience experience, we look forward to a bright future of Bold, Daring, and Innovative theatre in the heart of historic Concord.


For a full listing of our Production History, click here

News release about the launch of The Umbrella Stage Company here

To learn more about our leadership, click here