Our Company

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 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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Oct 23 2017

Sense and Sensibility Resources

Professor Inger Brodey’s ENG 340 students have collaborated to provide audience members with “Sense and Sensibility” material for further study.

Oct 17 2017

Taibi Magar Comes Full Circle

Taibi Magar saw her first play at PlayMakers. Now she gets to see the Paul Green Theatre from the other side of the footlights.

Oct 12 2017

An Award for Playwright Mike Wiley

The UNC-Chapel Hill has awarded playwright Mike Wiley with its Distinguished Alumnus Award, which recognizes alumni who have made outstanding contributions to humanity.

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PlayMakers’ Vivienne Benesch Receives Prestigious Zelda Fichandler Award

(Chapel Hill, NC, September 21, 2017) Vivienne Benesch, Producing Artistic Director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, is the recipient of the 2017 Zelda Fichandler Award, given by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation. This prestigious award recognizes outstanding creativity and artistry by directors and choreographers for their accomplishments to date, and their promise for the future…. Read more »

$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 »

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