Charlotte Repertory Theatre


Founded to establish a professional contemporary theatre, and a home for artists and audiences, the Rep grew over 25 years from small ensemble to Metrolina's leading Actors' Equity theatre and first year-round professional company, and the resident company at both Spirit Square and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The Rep developed an open collective of staff and actors from casting in Charlotte, N.Y. and Atlanta, and hosted visiting artists including Tony Kushner (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Awards, Angels in America), Beth Henley (Pulitzer Prize, Crimes of the Heart), and Olympia Dukakis (Academy Award, Moonstruck).

- 3,500 season subscribers, balanced budget, annual cash reserve
- 72% capacity paid attendance (national season average 74%, via Theatre Communications Group)
- 53% earned income (national average 55%), 95% of budget goal  / 40% of income from ticket sales (just over 100% of goal)

- Annual season of 6-8 plays, with many area/regional* premieres of significant contemporary plays, and annual festival of new plays from national submissions, many of them later published, premiered** at the Rep and produced by many U.S. companies, including work by Wendy Hammond, Christopher Kyle, Jason Moore, Paul Fitzgerald, Judy Simpson Cook and Angus MacLachlan

Picasso at the Lapin Agile: Kadina Halliday, Scott Helm, Josh Gaffga, Seymour Horowitz, Michael Nester, Barbi VanSchaick,
William Boyer, Brian Robinson, Wayne Powers

"Professional regional theatre does not get much better than this."  

"The Rep is one of the largest theatres in the Southeast. And with a commitment to the creation of opportunities for minority artists, 26% - five times the industry standard - of the season's roles are filled with artists of color."  
Focus/NC Arts Council     

"Theatres are in the public trust, they belong to everyone. I can't think of a better example of that than Charlotte Rep."    Olympia Dukakis

During the Blumenthal decade the Rep achieved membership in the League of Resident Theatres, the largest professional theatre association of its kind in the U.S., with theatres in every major market. LORT theatres collectively issue more contracts to professional actors than Broadway and national tours combined. 

Photos: Crimes of the Heart*: Meg Kelly Rizzoli, Rebecca Koon, Kirtan Coan, dir. Jane Hadley, Falsettos*: Brian Robinson, Mary Setrakian, Neal Mayer, Sandy Binion, Susan Roberts, Michael Cline; Wit*: Sam Robison, Michael Ruff, Bobby Tyson, Lesley Hunt, Rebecca Koon, Treschel Washington, Chandler McIntyre, Steve Umberger, Gaylynn Quesenberry; Communicating Doors*: Eva Kaminsky, Bonnie Franklin; Barbi VanSchaick; Death and the Maiden (Regional premiere): Terry Loughlin, Richard McWilliams, Kathryn Knotts; Present Laughter: Katherine Goforth, J.A. Nelson, Libby Seymour, Gladys Lavitan, dir. Jane Hadley; Terra Nova*: Kevin Reilly, Jerry Colbert, David Canary, Graham Smith, J.A. Nelson; Angels in America*: Tamara Scott, Angus MacLachlan, Graham Smith, Kevin R. Free, Barbi VanSchaick, Scott Helm, Mary Lucy Bivins, Alan Poindexter; Festival playwrights: Mark DeCastrique (Charlotte), Angus MacLachlan (Winston-Salem), Mark Eisman (New York City), Wendy Hammond (Ann Arbor & NYC), Brooke Hailey Egan (Los Angeles) (*metro premieres); Three Tall Women: Paige Johnston Thomas, Lucille Patton, Mary Lucy Bivins

Founder & Artistic Director Steve Umberger / Producer & Managing Director Keith Martin / Literary Manager Claudia Carter Covington / Literary Associate Carol Bellamy / General Manager Debbie Willis Fitts / Resident Director Terry Loughlin (Blumenthal decade)

All material 2002 and earlier, before the Rep's administration change / Photos: Mitchell Kearney, Donna Bise, Rebecca Cairns, Joe Deese 

Rep history detail