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Pontine's touring programs are supported by grants from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pontine Theatre Touring Programs

Since its founding in 1977, Portsmouth NH’s Pontine Theatre has earned a sterling reputation for innovative, original plays that explore the history and literature of New England. From portraits of favorite area artists, to adaptations of regional literature, and explorations of New England movements such as the Shakers, Transcendentalism, and the rise of the textile industry,  Pontine Theatre’s Co-Artistic Directors, M. Marguerite Mathews and Greg Gathers, have brought history vividly to life through their sensitive interpretations of the words and images of past generations.

Pontine’s works have been presented at hundreds of venues including:  Boston Museum of Fine Art, Canterbury Shaker Village, Currier Museum of Art, Decordova Museum, Enfield Shaker Village, Historic New England’s Hamilton House, Hopkins Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Penobscot Marine Museum, Porter Phelps Huntington Museum, and Strawbery Banke Museum.

Pontine’s touring program brings the company to state-wide and regional audiences. Our repertoire includes plays that have a special appeal for New England communities. Our productions feature a variety of staging techniques: Commedia dell’arte style masks, puppetry, Rolling Panoramas, Oversize Picture Books, Victorian style Toy Theatre Figures, Projected Images and Shadow play. All our productions are created and performed by Pontine co-directors, Greg Gathers & Marguerite Mathews. The sets, costumes and props are designed and constructed by Greg Gathers. These productions are intimately scaled and highly adaptable for performances in alternative venues.

In addition to public performances, we also offer workshops, assembly shows (supported by study guide materials) and community residency programs. These are tailored to meet the needs of the individual communities served.

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