Founded in 2010, Girls Nite Out Productions came to life when actresses Jennifer Warwick and Janet Stambolian determined that the best way to provide more high quality theatrical roles for women was to create the opportunities themselves.
Since then, Girls Nite Out Productions has brought together a Board of Directors with diverse skills and expertise to play a critical role in strategically shaping the growth and development of our organization.
We have created a very special niche in the northern Vermont theatre community. Our commitment to finding and producing plays and musicals that feature prominent roles for women of all ages (and some men, too!) sets us apart from others. The energy, talent, commitment, and expertise that has come our way is nothing short of miraculous, and reflects the spark we ignited in 2010 that continues to burn brightly to this day.
In 2011, GNOP was granted 501 (c) (3) status and we continue to seek out collaborative opportunities with other organizations, especially those with a focus on under-served populations of women. In 2012, one such partnership resulted in the creation of a series of theater workshops with Vermont Works for Women at the Chittenden Regional Correction Facility in South Burlington.
Girls Nite Out’s inaugural production of Steel Magnolias was well-received and is a wonderful memory for everyone who experienced it: cast, crew and audience members. 2011 brought a stellar production of The Hallelujah Girls, written by the The Golden Girls team. A huge success, the play was enjoyed by nearly 1,000 people. October of 2012 saw the successful production of Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy, The Odd Couple/Female Version.
2013 was a huge year for Girls Nite Out. We were the first semi-professional company outside of New York City to be granted the rights to produce Nora and Delia Ephron’s beloved play, Love, Loss, and What I Wore in February. In October, we were honored to present an original work by Vermont playwright Carole Vasta Folley who directed her just-completed play, The Family of Ewe. In the fall of 2014, Girls Nite Out presented, for the first time in the Northeast, The Prima Donnettes, a musical revue that chronicles the changes in society from the girl groups of the late 1950′s to the singer/songwriters of early 1970′s — Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, and many others.
2015 saw the return of writer/director Carole Vasta Folley’s in an original and brilliant comedy written expressly for Girls Nite Out, Alumni Pie.
In 2016, GNOP returned to the music revue format that worked so well with The Prima Donnettes with a thoroughly engaging production of Smokey Joe’s Café, directed by Andrea Cronan, with music direction by Martin Hain and brilliant choreography led by Rebecca Raskin.
Girls Nite Out owes its continued success to the dedicated commitment of our Board, our partners in the business community, and all of our loyal theater-goers. We do this work because we love it, and most especially for your continued enjoyment and entertainment.
Girls Nite Out Productions creates and produces high quality theater with a focus on providing great performance, production and educational opportunities for women of all ages.