Founded in 1973
Good Company Players was founded in 1973 by Dan Pessano, Chris Moad, Cathy Glenn and Ronald J. Harlan and a group of enthusiastic actors, musicians and backstage technicians. Begun as a summer dinner theatre in Fresno’s Hilton Hotel, the young company performed at various locales until 1978 when Roger Rocka proposed that GCP settle down in a permanent year-round home. The gallant troupe worked feverishly to convert a vacant Sprouse-Reitz store into Roger Rocka’s Music Hall, Eating Establishment and Drinking Emporium now known simply as Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater. Thanks to loyal support from the community, the new venture thrived. In 1982 Good Company Players opened its smaller, more intimate 2nd Space Theatre as well. Between the two venues, Good Company Players currently produces 12 shows a year and since its inception has mounted over 450 productions.
Good Company Players’ main focus is to provide professional-level training to local performers of all ages while also providing the community with challenging and entertaining exposure to theatre. We believe that the performing arts keeps us civilized; teaching us to think and express ourselves coherently, to hear and respect other perspectives, to appreciate beauty and live a little more compassionately. We believe that theatre is a team sport and unites performers, technicians, writers and audience members at every performance in a common goal – to understand humanity a little better.