Rochester Community Players (RCP) is the oldest community theatre in New York state. Since its debut in 1925, RCP has produced over 600 plays. RCP is the home organization for the Shakespeare Players and the Irish Players programs.
Whether you're sharing your expertise or developing new skills, we have lots of opportunities to get involved behind the scenes with RCP.
In 1994, RCP created the Shakespeare Players as a program of the Rochester Community Players. The first production was Twelfth Night, which premiered on November 19, 1994. Through the summer of 2016, RCP's Shakespeare Players has staged over 50 Shakespeare productions. Each July, we stage a free Shakespeare at the Highland Park Bowl; indoor productions are staged at MuCCC.
RCP's Irish Players program was founded in 1997. The program presents one play each spring, always by an Irish or Irish-American playwright. After performing locally, we take our production "on the road" to the Acting Irish International Theatre Festival (AIITF). In recent years, our Irish Players program has performed in Florida, Chicago, and Milwaukee, as well as in Canada in Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Montreal and in Dublin, Ireland. In 2008, we hosted the AIITF in Rochester. In 2017, the festival will again be held in Rochester.