Founded in 2010, The Wilbury Group produces plays by artists on the cutting-edge of theatre and reimagined classics from the canon. We pride ourselves on our pursuit of excellence in acting and design, a less-is-more aesthetic, and a commitment to creating an engaging audience experience with every production.
From our earliest days the Wilbury Group has maintained a commitment to offering students and audiences from throughout New England affordable access to our programs through our outreach, education, and new work development programs. A promising and important cultural organization in Providence, we are proud to serve our diverse and ever-evolving community.
THE WILBURY THEATRE GROUP IS A PROUD MEMBER OF
The Wilbury Theatre Group is an ever-evolving collaboration of artists committed to creating the highest quality professional theatre. Founded on the belief that quality theatre should be an affordable and accessible means of enrichment to the community; The Wilburys strive to create work that will simultaneously engage, inspire, and provoke-thought among audiences.
In May 1988 Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, George Harrison, and Roy Orbison (above) got together and calling themselves The Travelling Wilburys, more or less by accident wrote and recorded an album of music that spanned each of their respective styles and genres to create what many critics have hailed as a near-perfect collaboration. They left their egos at the door, and all (with ‘Sidebury’ Jim Keltner on drums) took turns leading, following, writing and filling in wherever it was needed.
It's with these ideals of collaboration and selflessness in mind, and a recognition that every individual artists unique talents contribute to a greater whole, that The Wilbury Theatre Group was founded.
FUN FACT The term "Wilbury" was a slang term first used by Harrison during the recording of his landmark solo album Cloud Nine, produced by Jeff Lynne. Referring to recording errors created by some faulty equipment, Harrison jokingly remarked to Lynne, "We'll bury 'em in the mix".
As a growing company that thrives itself on finding and working with some of the best local talent available, we love hearing from new people looking to get involved. Send us a note, or consider one of these ways to get involved with an award-winning bootstrap theatre company:
The Wilbury Group holds season auditions for Equity Actors Association (AEA) and non-AEA actors each spring for the coming season in April. Auditions are announced through our mailing list, on this site, in The Providence Journal and other local newspapers, and on the StageSource hotline. Role-specific auditions are held at the artistic director’s discretion and announced in the same sources. Learn more or view current audition opportunities.
Volunteers have always been a key to our success. Whether it's helping build the set, providing expertise on marketing and fundraising ideas, or ushering at a show, you help us make it happen. Learn more about how you can help.
To submit a new work (full-length play, translation or adaptation) for consideration at The Wilbury Group, please follow these instructions.
Ui [oo-ey] adapted and directed by Josh Short
Straight White Men by Young Jean Lee; directed by Vince Petronio
Di + Viv + Rose by Amelia Bullmore; directed by Kate Kataja
Betrayal by Harold Pinter; directed by Aubrey Snowden
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play by Ann Washburn; directed by Brien Lang
Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik & Steven Sater; directed by Josh Short with music by Matt Requintina and choreography by Ali Kenner-Brodsky
NEW WORKS/STUDIO W
10,000 Things written and directed by Erik Ehn
House Warming by Jesse Hawley & James Stanley
Ill Seen Ill Said/Not I by Samuel Beckett; directed by Erik Ehn
The 2017 Festival of New Works featuring Cold by Ben Jolivet, Amaranthine by Rebecca Miller, The Invasion of Vox Populi by Phoenix Williams, and work-in-progress showings by Ellen Zahniser, Laura Neill, Kate Lohman, David Higgins & Vanessa Gilbert, and Verdant Vibes.