PlayMakers Repertory Company is the LORT-D 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, designers, artisans, and technicians 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 a great 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 Art, helming its nationally-acclaimed graduate programs in Technical Production and Costume Production. 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, designers, 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.
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