Celebrating 65 Years of Great Community Theatre in Rhode Island

A few words from Academy Players...

As a Cultural Arts Center that has always stood beside our community, Academy Players of RI  formally denounces the racist actions that have occurred recently with regard to the murder of George Floyd.  We have always been a company that has stood up to hatred, and we will not stay silent.  #BlackLivesMatter, and we are proud to stand next to our black brothers and sisters in the fight to end this hatred.  We challenge our friends in the theater community to join us in this fight.   We want to come together as a community to put an end to these senseless acts. How will you stand up? We are choosing to continue to support the Kingian Nonviolence Program at North Providence High School.  As we have a staff member trained in Kingian Nonviolence, Academy has and will continue to support this program which trains young people in Kingian Nonviolence. Before the theater was shut down due to Covid-19, we were working with our partner school, North Providence High, to bring this training to our Summer Teen Intensive, and we are planning to continue this work far into the future to help build the beloved community.

If you'd like to make a donation to the North Providence High School Kingian Nonviolence Program please send your check to North Providence High School, 1828 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904 and put Kingian Nonviolence Program in the memo line.

James and Gloria Maron Cultural Arts Center
home of the A​cademy Players

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James and Gloria Maron Cultural Arts Center

home of the

Academy Players 

180 Button Hole Dr. (Bldg. 2), Providence, RI 02909
Use Button Hole Golf Course, for GPS directions 
For an older GPS, use 180 Mancini Drive

Phone: ​401-830-0880


Mission Statement

The mission and vision of Academy Players of RI is to foster and encourage the development of, and commitment to, the highest standards of community theatres including excellence in production, management, governance, community relations and service all while contributing to the Rhode Island community through raising funds and awareness for different charitable organizations.

About Academy Players

Academy Players was organized in 1955 by a group of enthusiasts in East Greenwich and has a substantial record of growth and achievement. Membership is open to any adult interested in helping to participate in Academy Players productions, special events, workshops and meetings of general interest. The intent of The Academy Players is to provide the community with theatre on a high level to create civic pride in our organization, while offering a satisfying medium for those who participate. We are staffed by a dedicated team of members who volunteer to do everything from building sets to directing productions. Actors, directors and technical crew are recruited from throughout Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and southern Massachusetts. Local high school and college students who are eager to put their course studies to task are also encouraged to participate. 

Academy Players is a 501.c3 non-profit corporation. Our income to produce yearly productions, special events and programs to benefit the community is generated solely from business sponsorships, donations from benefactors, grants, the sale of season subscriptions and ticket sales. Therefore, to loosely quote a song from Chicago; “We can’t do it alone…”