Lightning House Players is a theatrical production company dedicated to presenting works that are personally inspiring for the betterment of the individual and society. We believe that the individual can be a force for positive change in the world and want to create opportunities to initiate conversations about a range of important issues we all face today.
Below are some key points in our mission statement to help you become more familiar with who we are and what we believe.
We were founded in 2019 with the following goals:
to present works that are personally inspiring for the betterment of the individual and society;
to foster empathy, healing, and social justice for individuals and communities through theatre;
to create opportunities to initiate conversations about a range of important issues we all face today;
to listen to the voices and include in all levels of the creative process members of society who may have been disenfranchised, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+ performers and production staff;
to give opportunities to people starting in their theatrical careers, such as recent graduates of performing arts programs, but also to those who may have no formal training but have demonstrated talent or skill;
to make theatrical experiences as inclusive for audience members as possible, including the disabled and hearing- and sight-impaired.
Zareh Artinian, M.F.A., Founder and Producer, is an experienced editor, writer, and producer of multimedia products. An accomplished author with works published in diverse genres and media, his most recent work was the book for a musical, Beneath the Skin, which focused on de-stigmatizing mental health issues faced by young adults. He has also published over a dozen science fiction stories and non-fiction articles for middle-schoolers and a novel for young adults. Zareh has taught at Emerson College, Sacred Heart University, and Eastern Nazarene College, as well as completing numerous freelance writing and editing projects. He has a B.S. from St. Joseph’s College and M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College.