Our Mission & Vision
Backyard Theater Ensemble, Inc. is a collaboration of artists devoting their time, experience and resources to produce theater that inspires, challenges, and entertains both performers and audiences.
Guided by our collective artistic vision, volunteer artists each fulfill multiple roles on stage, behind the scenes, and in the community. These roles capitalize on members' talents while also acknowledging weaknesses to empower growth.
We create theater that is a powerful instrument asking all ensemble and audience members to confront the realities of our world.
The Backyard Theater Ensemble was founded in 2011 by a group of friends who were eager to bring high-quality theater to the community after funding for the young-adult theater program in their hometown was cut.
Our company members are all professionals working in Connecticut. Each volunteer brings his or her own unique experience, skill-set, talent and perspective to the group.
The CT Community Theatre Festival returned to the Warner Theatre in Torrington on Saturday, September 27 after a more than 20 year hiatus. Hosted by the Connecticut Community Theatre Association (CCTA) and the Warner Theater, the festival invited theater groups from across the state to compete with their best one act performance. The Backyard Theater Ensemble was a big winner on the night; coming away with three awards for their performance of Laundry and Bourbon, written by James McClure and directed by Donato J. D’Albis.
The awards included the 10x10 award for best use of space (as per CCTA competition guidelines), best director for Donato J. D'Albis, and overall festival winner. Backyard Theater Ensemble was one of two ensembles to win the overall award, the other being the Warner Stage Company for their performance of Winter Flowers by Lily Rusek.
The two CT groups advanced to the New England Regional Festival which took place on February 28th and March 1st also at the Warner Theatre. Seven community theater groups from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut competed for a spot at the National AACT festival in Grand Rapids Michigan. BTE took home the award for Excellence in Scenic Design and was thrilled to support the winners of the festival, the Warner Theatre.