The History and Future of The Open Fist Theatre Company

Founded in 1990, the company chose the name Open Fist to represent its fierce determination to reach out and engage audiences with impactful work. From its inception, the company immediately established its reputation as a cutting-edge ensemble, willing to tackle difficult material. Under the present leadership of Artistic Director Martha Demson, the company has evolved into a self-producing and ever-expanding artistic collective of actors, playwrights, designers and directors.


The company continues to thrive by telling diverse and intriguing stories. And unlike companies whose vision comes from one singular artist, Open Fist derives its voice from the full collaboration of its entire company. Rather than limit ourselves to one style or point of view, we choose to produce what we feel is most relevant and look to push the boundaries of theatrical experience. We pride ourselves on doing the things that are never seen in intimate theatre. Edgy, experimental, ambitious and bold are what you can expect to see in an Open Fist production.

And with 30 years behind us, we’re just getting started.