Fishtown Players Theater is a consortium of producing members whose goal is to bring substantive theater to life. Our mission is to present theater that will be entertaining, engaging and provocative. We will reach across the spectrum to produce works of varying genres and styles and attract audiences through affordable ticket prices. Our work will nurture and support artists through employment and training. We welcome members of the community to participate in an organization that will value your effort and foster community.
Dr. Jay DiPrima (co-founder) has a passion for bringing literature and history to life through theatre. As an actor, playwright, director, teacher and producer, he has been active in the greater New England Theatre community. He served for twenty years on the board of The New England Theatre Conference (NETC) and helped to initiate and oversee their annaul Aurand Harris Playwrighting Awards. As a former touring artist with the Guild Players Touring Company of New England and as a solo performer, he has brought live theatrical adaptations of literature and history to school audiences (K – college) throughout the five states for many years. He is currently revising his "Beauport Anthology: A Collection of Dramartic Monologues of Historical Characters from Gloucester, MA" to produce an interactive theatre event for Gloucester's 400th Anniversary celebration (2023).
He is an active member in the Gloucester theatrical community as a member of SEarts (Society for the Encouragement of the Arts), the Gloucester Writers Center, the Cape Ann Museum, the Rocky Neck Art Colony, the Cape Ann Shakespeare Troupe, the Gloucester 400th Committee, the O'Maley Innovation Drama Program and the Fishtown Players.
For over three decades, Dr. DiPrima has taught drama, acting and arts integration at numerous colleges while serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor.He served as a Teaching Fellow for New York University's Educational Theatre Program (1990 – 1992). He has several published works in addition to his dissertation on "Critical Analysis of Monodramas on the Stages of New York City (1956 – 1996).
- Other works include two plays- Middle School Moments (2008) http://www.jacneed.com/JAC/Full-Length/DiPrima_MSMoments.htm
- Beauport Anthology (2015)
- "Remembering Ruth Draper" for the New England Theatre Journal (2016) . ttps://www.proquest.com/openview/7f2734236566743154d2ff322bec138e/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=40240
In the Masters of Arts in Education programs at Endicott College and Fitchburg State University, Jay has trained classroom teachers in the use of drama across the curriculum both nationally and internationally.