About Minerva West
Minerva West grew from a commitment to the community theatre family developed by our Artistic Director, Kathleen O'Mara.
Kathy launched Ridgway's first community theater company in 2017 as Theater Director for Sherbino Theater. Over the following years she grew the company into a theater family that gave performance opportunities to more than 60 area residents who presented more than 25 shows together. All the while, she also led youth workshops that likely doubled the area's participation in the performing arts.
In 2022, Kathy left the Sherbino and established Minerva West. Dedicated to offering performance arts for all, Minerva West is a western iteration of The Minerva Arts Center (Minerva Stage), in Williamstown, MA, founded by O’Mara and friends in 1996. The organization derived it’s name from Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, justice and the sponsor of arts.
Moving forward, Minerva West will strive to build on the community and belonging that inspired its establishment through regular theatrical performances, youth workshops and performance arts education.