Formed in 2001 in Provincetown, in the birthplace of American theater, the Provincetown Theater is a 110-seat, year-round performing arts space located in the heart of downtown Provincetown. The Theater mounts original productions and plays centered on American voices and incubates meaningful, original theater from a diverse spectrum of playwrights.
The Theater actively engages with businesses and community organizations on the Outer Cape and regularly hosts special and educational events to bring the community together such as variety and holiday shows where locals are featured. Our physical space boasts a large parking lot, a comfortable bar/lounge area, and a solar array that powers our Theater. Visitors come from Cape Cod, and around the world, to visit Provincetown and our historic theater.
We believe that creating theater builds community.
Managing Director - Gary Garrison
From 2007-2017, Gary Garrison was the Executive Director of the Dramatist Guild of America – the national organization of playwrights, lyricists, and composers headed by our nation’s most honored dramatists. Up to the spring of 2020, he was also the Director of the Dramatist Guild Institute – a premier educational institution dedicated to the continued education of dramatists throughout the country. Prior to his work at the Guild, Garrison filled the posts of Associate Chair, Artistic Director, and Master Teacher of Playwriting in the Goldberg Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he produced over forty-five different festivals of new work, collaborating with hundreds of playwrights, directors, and actors.
As a playwright, Garrison’s plays include The Mayworkers, The Unexpected Light On Azadeh Medusa, Too Quick to Pick, Ties That Bind, Skirting the Issue, Caught Without Candy, Game On, The Sweep, Verticals and Horizontals, Storm on Storm, Crater, Old Soles, Padding The Wagon, Rug Store Cowboy, Cherry Reds, Gawk, Oh Messiah Me, We Make A Wall, The Big Fat Naked Truth, Scream With Laughter, Smoothness With Cool, Empty Rooms, Does Anybody Want A Miss Cow Bayou? and When A Diva Dreams. This work has been commissioned by or featured at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, City Theatre of Miami, Boston Theatre Marathon, Primary Stages, The Directors Company, The Theresa Rebeck Writers Residency (through The Lark), Manhattan Theatre Source, StageWorks, Open Door Theatre, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, Expanded Arts and New York Rep.
His recent work as a guest artist or master teacher of playwriting involves such institutions as the Marfa Intensives, Convivio Writer’s Conference (Postignano, Italy), Sewanee Writer’s Conference, The Kennedy Center Summer Playwriting Intensive, CityWrights of Miami, The Inkwell, Source Theatre in D.C., Baltimore Playwrights Festival, New Hampshire Playwrights Festival, Last Frontier Theatre Conference, Southeast Theatre Conference, Northwest Theatre Conference, Alaska World Arts Festival, Boston Playwrights and has taught at New York University, Boston University, University of Oklahoma, The University of Texas, Hollins University, Goddard College, Texas State University, Texas Tech, University of Southern Mississippi, West Georgia College and the Dramatists Guild Institute.
He is the author of the critically acclaimed, The Playwright’s Survival Guide: Keeping the Drama in Your Work and Out of Your Life, Perfect Ten: Writing and Producing the Ten‑Minute Play, A More Perfect Ten, and two volumes of Monologues for Men by Men. In April of 2014, The Kennedy Center instituted the National Gary Garrison Ten-Minute Play Award given to the best ten-minute play written by a university dramatist, and in the spring of 2016, awarded him the Milan Stitt Outstanding Teacher of Playwriting in the country. In July of this year, he was featured in American Theatre magazine’s The Subtext podcast with Brian James Polk under the title, More Than Ten Minutes with Gary Garrison.
Artistic Director - David Drake
David Drake has been putting on shows since he was a kid. He's been the Artistic Director at the Provincetown Theater for seven years.
In New York City, David has directed works at Rattlestick, The Flea, Soho Playhouse, and Joe’s Pub. Collaborating with Taylor Mac, he directed and developed The Lily’s Revenge at the Sundance Theater Lab prior to staging its world premiere at HERE in New York (Obie Award). Also with Taylor, David directed the world tour of The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac.
As an actor, David got his Equity card off-Broadway, replacing Charles Busch in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom at the Provincetown Playhouse.
He appeared in the original New York casts of A Language of Their Own (Public), End of the World Party (46th Street Theater), Pretty Boy (Performing Garage), and The Boys in the Band (1996 revival at Lucille Lortel). Television: The Good Wife, NY Undercover, HBO’s Vinyl, and as a repeat offender on Law & Order. His film credits include Longtime Companion, It’s Pat, David Searching, We Pedal Uphill, Philadelphia, and opposite Alan Cumming in After Louie. Regionally, David has appeared at A.R.T., Huntington, Barrington Stage, Arena Stage, San Diego’s Old Globe, and numerous others.
David is the Obie Award-winning playwright and performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, in which he performed a year off-Broadway (Perry Street) before touring worldwide and then shooting it as a feature film. David has taught at New York’s Abrons Art Center, and Baltimore’s MICA, and received artist residencies in New York at The BRICLab, DTW, Clemente Soto, Dixon Place.
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After earning a B.S. and M.B.A. from Northeastern University, David Wilson embarked on a 30-year career with Verizon Communications serving in a number of middle and senior management positions across New England and New York. David began a second career with Spaulding and Sly, Colliers, a National Real Estate Development Company where he served as vice president for Facility and Property management services before retiring.
Following his retirement, David and his husband, Rob Compton moved to Provincetown where David joined The Provincetown Theater Board. He was elected president of the Board in 2017. In addition, David has served in leadership positions on The Human Rights Campaign, MassEquality, and the GLAD board.
Ross received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo and a M.B.A. from Boston College. After more than 32 years in the corporate world, first at Andersen Consulting and then 25 years at Fidelity Investments, Ross retired in 2017 to pursue an encore career as an artist. In his final years at Fidelity, Ross was the chief marketing officer for the Institutional Wealth Services Division, responsible for comprehensive go-to-market strategies including all branding, advertising, content and digital marketing, events, and thought leadership activities. Ross is the entrepreneurial artisan at the helm of rjostudio|HANDCRAFTED working in mixed media. Ross has been involved as a performer and a musical director throughout his life. For many years, he was an active board member of Speakeasy Stage Company in Boston, and he sang with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus for over 15 years, serving as their treasurer and an active board member for six years.
John Basile brings over 30 years of human resources management expertise including his most recent role as Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Fidelity Investments. Throughout his career, John has led teams focused on talent acquisition, business unit HR support, talent management, organizational effectiveness, and employee engagement. John has proven success in coaching at all levels of an organization to help leaders achieve greater success in their professional development, business acumen, and inclusive leadership competence.
John is also a founding partner and past President of Pride in Our Workplace, and he has previously served on the Boards of Fenway Health, and Speakeasy Stage Company. John is also an active member of SAG-AFTRA and works as a gallery associate at On Center Gallery in Provincetown.
Elizabeth A. Straznitskas
Betty, a native of Naugatuck, CT, graduated from Central CT State University with a B.S. in Accounting and an M.B.A. from the University of New Haven in Finance. In 1979, she embarked on a career that spanned 42 years, gaining comprehensive financial and business experience that includes business planning, controlling, accounting, budgeting, treasury, and cash management. She was employed by Timex Group USA, Inc., a watch wholesaler, for 39 years, holding several finance positions ranging from entry-level (Cost Accountant) to executive management (Director Assistant Treasurer).
Betty retired from Timex in 2021 and she has been enthusiastically pursuing volunteer opportunities to support her community including Truro Community Kitchen, Center for Coastal Studies, and Provincetown Theater.
Nicole is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She worked in film production before beginning her legal career as a public defender in New York City, where she represented adults and children accused of crimes. She later started her own law firm, handling all types of family law matters as well as criminal and federal civil rights cases. Nicole has conducted continuing attorney legal education for experienced attorneys and supervised and mentored law students and new attorneys. She has extensive experience counseling clients through high-conflict litigation and is trained in Restorative Practice and mediation. Nicole volunteered for her law school’s Gay Men’s Health Crisis Wills Project, with the New York Civil Rights Coalition, and for a farm cooperative.
Jack Hudson graduated from Fairfield University with a B.S. in Accounting. His professional experiences have taken him to Price Waterhouse Coopers and Avon Products, Inc., where his focus was on process design initiatives in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina and global internal audits. Jack purchased an event production and fundraising consulting company in Los Angeles where he oversaw all event production and peer-to-peer fundraising consulting services provided to non-profit clients raising money to fight causes such as breast cancer, suicide, multiple sclerosis, intellectual disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and Alzheimer’s. A year after relocating to Provincetown, Jack opened one of the first medical marijuana dispensaries in the Commonwealth, which was sold in 2018.
Tim Brown is a sales associate with Seascape Realty, Inc. Having personally owned homes, an inn, and investment properties on the Cape over the past 10 years, Tim possesses local property knowledge and deep connections. Prior to living on Cape Cod, Tim’s 30-year history working in financial services, specifically Equity Capital Markets, has helped him hone his skills with an emphasis on responsiveness, attention to detail, and an end-in-sight negotiating perspective. Tim remains completely entranced by this special community due to its acceptance of diverse lifestyles and commitment to the arts in all its forms. Cape Cod’s natural beauty and bounty also provide an excellent backdrop for Tim’s passions for food and fitness.
Michael Onofrio holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Computer Science and an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven and attended the Darden School of Business Emerging Leader's program. He is the senior IT business partner at Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin company. In this capacity, he is responsible for representing Information Technology within the senior leadership. Previously, Michael directed a variety of positions that led contract negotiations, acquisition integrations, capacity planning, and cost control, large-scale budget management, hiring and retention technology solutions, and multi-million-dollar project lifecycle management. Michael previously owned and operated Antiques on Whitney for 16 years and held the position of president of Giant Valley Antique Dealers Association.
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Linda Ohlson Graham
The Provincetown Theater is located on the ancestral land of the Mashpee Wampanoag (Wôpanâak), “the People of the First Light”, who have lived on Cape Cod for more than 12,000 years. Present-day Provincetown was a territory of the Nauset tribe, a branch of the Mashpee, who named this land Meeshawn.
The Provincetown Theater recognizes that this is unceded land. We are working to honor past generations of people who have been displaced from the area and to establish authentic relationships with the present-day Indigenous peoples of Cape Cod.
A map of Wampanoag territories in 1620, from Voices from Colonial America: Massachusetts, 1620-1776, National Geographic Society, 2007.