Our Company

PlayMakers Repertory Company is the professional theatre in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. What is a resident theatre company? We’re glad you asked. It means we have a permanent company of actors who take part in all or most of our shows over the course of the year.

“one of America’s leading theatre companies” – American Theatre

We consider our acting company to be the greatest asset to PlayMakers. Having a resident company creates a sense of continuity and comradery that is unique to the repertory model. It means our company members don’t have to worry about their next show before they’ve even finished with their current one, it means our directors don’t have to start from scratch every time, but can build up a rapport with our company members, and it means the familial bonds formed during the production of a show don’t have to come to an end when the show closes. We see each other every day, all year long.

“Best Live Theater Company in the Triangle” – The Independent Weekly

We are a professional theatre company, but we are proud of our close relationship with the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The six professional actors in our resident company work closely with the Professional Actor Training Program at the Department of Dramatic Arts to prepare graduate students with the skills necessary to pursue a career in the theatre. Each year, new graduate students become a part of our acting company for the duration of their education, bringing the total number of resident company members to nineteen.

“What ‘professional theatre’ truly means” – The News & Observer

It’s not just actors who benefit from this relationship to the university. All of our professional theatre technicians are also faculty members in the Department of Dramatic Arts. Being in residence at the University gives us the luxury of being a professional company of actors and technicians training future professionals by challenging them with the professional standards at PlayMakers. Frequently, we’ll bring in actors, directors, or technicians from out of town to fill out the ranks. This ensures that each production is as vital as can be, and also gives our graduate students experience with a variety of the best the industry has to offer.

North Carolina gets a premier professional theatre company, PlayMakers gets to make use of production facilities at the University, and graduate students become eminently skilled professionals. Join us as we perform to transform your world.

Our Commitment to Diversity

A message from Vivienne Benesch, Producing Artistic Director

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Sep 16 2017

From “This is Us” to “The Cake”

The opening of “The Cake” will mark Bekah Brunstetter’s home state professional debut. Unfortunately, she won’t be in North Carolina to see it.

Sep 7 2017

6 Reasons This Tar Heel Loves Theatre

UNC student Elizabeth Holmes fell in love with theatre last season at PlayMakers. Turns out, there are six reasons this Tar Heel loves theatre.

Aug 30 2017

Jeff Meanza Returns!

Jeffrey Meanza, PlayMakers’ beloved former Associate Artistic Director, is back this fall to direct the first show of the Mainstage season! We sat down with him to do some catching up.

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$12 million gift to benefit PlayMakers, dramatic art at UNC-Chapel Hill

Gift is the largest ever to benefit performing arts at Carolina; building will be renamed Joan H. Gillings Center for Dramatic Art (Chapel Hill, N.C.— Sept. 11, 2017) – PlayMakers Repertory Company and the department of dramatic art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have received a $12 million gift to significantly… Read more »

PlayMakers Repertory Company Presents “Mr. Joy”

A Harlem community dealing with tragedy and violence discovers healing in an unexpected voice Who: PlayMakers Repertory Company What: PRC2 production of “Mr. Joy” by Daniel Beaty, featuring Tangela Large When: April 26 to 30, 2017; Opening Night April 26 Where: Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art, 120 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, NC Tickets:… Read more »

PlayMakers Repertory Company Presents “My Fair Lady”

The most “loverly” musical of them all comes to Chapel Hill Who: PlayMakers Repertory Company What: Mainstage production of “My Fair Lady” by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, directed by Tyne Rafaeli When: April 5 to 29, 2017; Opening Night & Press Opening Saturday, April 8 Where: Paul Green Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art,… Read more »

UNC Process Series Presents “Count” by Lynden Harris and Hidden Voices

(Chapel Hill, NC, February 23, 2017) The UNC Process Series, in association with the Department of Communication, presents Count, a look into the lives of six men on death row and their personal inheritances of violence, racism, mental illness, poverty—and sometimes surprising love. Friday March 3 and Saturday March 4 at 8:00pm, Swain Hall, Studio… Read more »

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