Still Small Theatre Troupe was started in late 2012, and has performed a number of original works since that time. We perform one major show every summer and tour our repertory shows the rest of the year. Our first play, The Prophet Project, was recognized with the 2013 Making a Difference in Christian Service Award from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. We're based in Beverly, MA, but tour to pretty much anywhere people want us! (For more info on that, see Booking.)
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 share donate from our proceeds to other charitable causes. A more detailed discussion of Still Small's work can be found in Berkeley Street Theatre, available on Amazon.
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 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.
“Still Small Theatre Troupe is a wonder. Young, but already seasoned, their original plays are very moving, funny, and poignant all at once. …
My wife and I have seen all of the productions and they are competitive with professional theatres we pay to see, and better than many. Their question/answer discussions afterward with the audiences are illuminating. The troupe is generous with their insights and their interaction and everyone leaves the performance space spiritually edified and satisfied with a night of full entertainment.
It will be a blessing to your church and always helps our people (as well as ourselves) grow in the faith.”
– Rev. Dr. William David Spencer
Founding Pastor of Encouragement, Pilgrim Church Beverly MA
"Still Small Theatre produces original and familiar stories in a way that makes you see old things in new ways or entirely new things. I have seen almost all their productions and have never been disappointed."
– Cathie, Audience Member
“As someone who is fascinated by the creative process and the arts, I am very enamored with the work of The Still Small Theatre Troupe. Jasmine has fostered an acting environment of excellence and collaboration in a time where the arts are either more scarce or not affordable on a local level.
I have seen most every play the Troupe offers and they have been mesmerizing and provocative. As a Pastor and Spiritual Director, I love this form of telling the stories of our faith in Christ with simplicity and authenticity. From a Passion play to a mash of personal encounters with Christ or an ancient story of martyrdom, The Still Small Theatre Troupe informs, engages, and entertains bringing the audience immediately into the stories with them.”
– Rev. Dr. Laurel Coolbaugh
The Sanctuary at Woodville, Hopkinton MA
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. See Get Involved for more info!