Sharing our deepest condolences with our circle of friends and client peers today at The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, mourning the loss of Co-Founder, Co-Artistic Director and Producer Jordie Saucerman. It was an irreplaceable joy to know you, be your friend and serve you over the course of your remarkable career.
Jordie was born and raised in Southern Indiana, where she first appeared on stage at the age of seven. She continued to be active in theater in her hometown of Rockport throughout high school, earning recognition and awards for her performances. Jordie headed to Atlanta to continue her education and honed in on theatrical pursuits at Emory University. It was in Atlanta she met Zoe Bradford in 1974, and together they worked on independent films and documentaries through Zoe’s college years. Jordie’s interests turned towards dramatic coaching and playwriting in the mid-’70’s when she and Zoe relocated to Boston. Hired initially as an assistant director for The Freelance Players out of Jamaica Plain, this prestigious youth organization invited Jordie to author her first adaptation of a children’s musical, Great Expectations, which was performed for sold out houses at The Boston Public Library and Wheelock College. In 1978, at the request of Weymouth students, she and Zoe formed The Company Theatre Center for the Arts, which marked the beginning of fulfilling her lifelong dream of providing education and entertainment through the performing arts.
Jordie has well over 200 directing credits and countless student projects and workshops since 1978, and has been honored by The New England Theatre Conference – NETC five times for her work as a co-director. Along with Zoe Bradford, she co-authored over six original theatrical works and adaptations, including A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Rascals, and the Moss Hart award-winning Gloryland the America Show. She has been recognized for #arts education partnering by the city of Quincy and was honored for her theatrical work in 1987 by the state of Indiana.
Jordie was a co-founder of The Academy of the Company Theatre, which has provided summer workshops and theatrical productions for students ages 7-19 since 1987. The program grew from 14 students to a full capacity of 200 students very rapidly, in part due to Jordie’s strategic planning and communication with students. Her responsibility for the summer workshops included being the Camp Director, managing the counselors in training, and dedicated her talents to creating an exciting and energy charged atmosphere that is unique to the program. Jordie specialized in providing support, guidance, and structure for those students who face emotional or physical challenges.
Once the permanent home was obtained for the Company Theatre in 1992, Jordie’s role as partner included managing the scene shop, encouraging volunteerism, offering technical theatre mentoring, and collaborating in the planning of each season.
A resident of #Weymouth since 1987, Jordie made the #SouthShore her home. She oversaw all technical aspects of The Company Theatre productions, in addition to directing, where she specialized in character discovery with actors, dramatic coaching, historical research/dramaturgy, and special effects.
Rest in peace, Jordie. Our heart is with your expansive theatre family today. 💔