Taken at a Writers on a New England Stage appearance by Tommy Orange on stage with New Hampshire Public Radio host Peter Biello

Our Core Values


We expect excellence and celebrate authenticity on every level as we constantly improve our organization. In those areas where improvement is necessary, we strive for solutions. Our goal is to create and maintain the highest quality programs and projects, and the highest quality relationships, among our teammates, business partners, members, and audiences.


We support the creative work of our artists, our community, and our teammates. We believe that diversity, intellectual curiosity, flexibility, and risk-taking are necessary in a vibrant creative culture and we seek to foster these qualities in ourselves and in our audiences.


What we do is vital. Each decision we make, each performance we stage and movie we show, each project we take on has as its ultimate goal the betterment of our organization, our community and beyond. We hold dear our stewardship role in maintaining our historic theater and in supporting our arts and cultural community. We believe that sustainability and reciprocal trust are critical elements of an engaged and active society.


We believe in bold actions and ideas that further our mission and ideals, in demonstrating leadership in our field and cultivating a transparent and ethical culture. We learn and grow from our mistakes as we try new things, knowing that success is not assured. We show courage in holding ourselves and each other accountable. We honor each other with active listening and mutual respect for divergent points of view. We support each other in the creation of independent ideas and believe that only strong individuals can create a unified team.


Our business relies on building relationships with people. As a team we understand that people are imperfect and, while we work towards excellence, we ascribe equal value to empathy and respect. We are committed to making our theaters accessible to all. We highly value civil discourse and seek to be authentic in all endeavors. We keep impatience and hubris in check through humility, kindness, and gratitude.

Our Mission

The mission of The Friends of The Music Hall is to present the very best of diverse performing and related arts and to serve as an active and vital art center for the enrichment of the Seacoast community.

COVID-19 has had a devastating effect on our business and our ability to be an economic driver and a catalyst for renewal, challenging the Music Hall in how we will deliver on our mission and preserve institutional assets through a highly uncertain time.

Our Vision

Despite this, our vision is to be the Seacoast’s premier performing arts center, fulfilling our role as the anchor cultural organization in our region and striving for national recognition with our programming and restoration. We are passionately invested in the cultural health of our community, striving to reach a broad and diverse audience and providing educational opportunities for children and adults alike.