Our community-based programs take you behind the scenes to provide a deeper understanding of the art of making theatre. This rare opportunity gives you the chance to meet actors, directors, and designers at intimate, conversation-driven events.

Vision Series: Professionals in Process

The preview period is the most important period for the creative team as they finally see how an audience responds to their work. Join us in Studio 103 before the first Thursday performance of every MainStage show for the chance to learn about a production in process. Meet the director and designers and get a behind-the-scenes look at creative vision for our shows.

The conversation is free, but for the full experience be sure to get your tickets to the evening’s performance!

6:00pm–6:45pm — A conversation with the artists

6:45pm–7:15pm — Audience Q & A

7:30pm — Performance

View Vision Series Schedule

September 13, 2018 6:00 PM

Vision Series: Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood

As a special treat for PlayMakers loyalists and the UNC community, Sherwood‘s playwright Ken Ludwig will be joining us for this very special Vision Series, meeting in Studio 101 instead of Studio 103. Joining him will be the rest of the creative team for this production:

Director: Jessie Austrian
Composer / Music Director: Jack Herrick
Fight Director: Kara Wooten
Set Designer: McKay Coble
Lighting Designer: Rui Rita
Costume Designer: Tracy Christensen

October 11, 2018 6:00 PM

Vision Series: Skeleton Crew

Director: Valerie Curtis-Newton
Set Designer: Jan Chambers
Lighting Designer: Porsche McGovern
Costume Designer: Junghyun Georgia Lee

November 15, 2018 6:00 PM

Vision Series: She Loves Me

Director: Kirsten Sanderson
Choreographer: Tracy Bersley
Set Designer: Daniel Zimmerman
Lighting Designer: Amith Chandrashaker
Costume Designer: Bobbi Owen
Sound Designer: Eric Collins

January 24, 2019 6:00 PM

Vision Series: Jump

Director: Whitney White
Set Designer: Alexis Distler
Lighting Designer: Amith Chandrashaker

February 28, 2019 6:00 PM

Vision Series: Life of Galileo

Director: Vivienne Benesch
Set Designer: Jim Findlay
Lighting Designer: Tyler Micoleau
Sound Designer: Justin Ellington

April 4, 2019 6:00 PM

Vision Series: How I Learned to Drive

Director: Lee Sunday Evans
Set Designer: Jan Chambers
Lighting Designer: Barbara Samuels
Costume Designer: Anne Kennedy
Sound Designer: Daniel Kluger


In the Wings

In partnership with the Durham County Library and Chapel Hill Public Library, PlayMakers offers a series of conversations with artists and scholars about the work we put on stage. These free events are scheduled throughout the season.

View In the Wings Schedule

August 27, 2018 7:00pm

In the Wings: Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood

Chapel Hill Public Library
Jeffrey Blair Cornell – Sir Guy
Ray Dooley – Prince John
Dan Toot – Friar Tuck

September 24, 2018 7:00pm

In the Wings: Skeleton Crew

Chapel Hill Public Library
Valerie Curtis-Newton – Director
Jan Chambers – Set Designer

October 29, 2018 7:00pm

In the Wings: She Loves Me

Durham County Library Stanford L. Warren Branch
Kirsten Sanderson – Director
Jenny Latimer – Amalia
Michael Maliakel – Georg
Janet Krupin – Ilona
Emily Bosco – Ensemble
Connor Nielsen – Arpad

January 7, 2019 7:00pm

In the Wings: Jump

Durham Southwest Regional Library

February 11, 2019 7:00pm

In the Wings: Life of Galileo

Durham South Regional Library

March 25, 2019 7:00pm

In the Wings: How I Learned to Drive

Durham County Library Stanford L. Warren Branch
Lee Sunday Evans – Director (maybe)
Ilana Khanin – Associate Director
Jeffrey Blair Cornell – Uncle Peck
Emily Bosco – Greek Chorus
Mark Perry – Dramaturg


PlayMakers Mobile

Through partnerships with area nonprofits, community organizations, local schools and libraries, PlayMakers Mobile presents professional productions of Shakespeare’s plays with stripped-down and abbreviated staging geared toward making them more accessible and vital to new audiences. Each production has been cut to ninety minutes or less, and features members of the PlayMakers company from the Center for Dramatic Art at UNC-Chapel Hill, and is presented by PlayMakers at no charge for tickets.

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In the Classroom

PlayMakers Repertory Company sends professional Teaching Artists into your classroom to prepare students to attend our shows and/or explore curriculum based themes. We work with you to develop a residency tailor-made to fit your needs. The teaching artists can help contextualize the world of the play for your students and also offer interactive lessons that seamlessly support your curriculum. We build residencies that are focused on either a particular show in our season or based solely on your curriculum needs. From mathematics to science to literature to world history and beyond, we will work with you to develop a specific workshop based upon your needs. The cost of a teaching artist is $75 per hour.

Contact Jeri Lynn Schulke, jschulke@email.unc.edu, Engagement Associate, to request information.