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Mission, History and Future


The Board of Directors are currently working to renew and revamp our mission initiatives to create the spirit of community that we want Chestnut Street Playhouse to exhibit. This effort includes creating space and opportunity for more diversity, equity and inclusion in our programming, on our Board, in our audience, on our stage, within our creative teams and for our volunteers. There will be much more to come in the months - and years - ahead, and we look forward to the journey to create the community we dream of being. 


Located at 24 Chestnut Street, Central Fire Headquarters became the hub of the Norwich Fire Department. This beautiful Queen Anne style building housed multiple fire companies. In 2000, this building was transformed into a 67-seat black box theater. Now, in the heart of downtown Norwich, CT, Chestnut Street Playhouse is the place to be for entertainment, education and a celebration of the performing arts. This firehouse has always been an integral part of the Norwich community and we continue this tradition by providing quality entertainment at affordable costs.


Our Mission

Chestnut Street Playhouse is committed to providing high quality theatrical experiences that entertain audiences, educate students, and nurture and develop the local arts community. We strive to be a major catalyst for community involvement and revitalization through the arts.


Our Future

The Playhouse will revive the community of Norwich. We are making efforts to give local artists a voice and to bring in new audiences with diverse programming; classes for young people, thought-provoking productions and unique special events will help us accomplish this.

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