Cyrano's Theatre Company (Cyrano's) is the resident company at Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse in Anchorage, Alaska. It was formed in 1995 by a loose-knit group of volunteers committed to producing professional quality dramatic works while utilizing Alaska talent.
Cyrano’s is 501(c)3 not-for-profit theatre. We produce a wide variety of plays from new and original plays to Shakespeare, operating year round with a different play nearly every month. Nurturing regional talent is one of our most important goals. Cyrano's has employed actors and technicians from Juneau to Fairbanks and worked with UAA's Theatre Department graduates. In this respect, Cyrano's is a bridge or transition point from the academic to professional theater.
Cyrano's performers, technicians, directors and designers are dedicated to bringing the absolute best theatre to Anchorage audiences. In addition they have to make a living – a fact that considerably complicates the matter of making art! Cyrano's ultimate goal is to help talented artists practice their craft on a full-time basis.
Cyrano's is always looking for ways to support Alaska artists so they can can mature and grow here at home. Founding members Jerry and Sandy Harper received the 1997 - and presently receiving the 2016 - Governor's Arts Award for arts organizations in recognition of their work.
Jerry and Sandy Harper opened Cyrano's as a bookstore and cafe in the summer 1987 and gradually turned it into a "cultural mini mall" with art shows, music, a cinema and special events of all kinds. The theatre (Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse) began in 1992, presenting productions by outside companies and eventually the Harpers' Eccentric Theatre Company, which became Cyrano's Theatre Company 2005.
Did you know? The "Off Center" in Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse is a reference to the Performing Arts Center – similar to Broadway and "Off" Broadway."