Education & Engagement

Community Events

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 12, 2019 6:00 PM

Vision Series: Native Son

Director: Colette Robert
Scenic Designer: Lawrence E. Moten III
Costume Designer: Bobbi Owen
Lighting Designer: Reza Behjat
Sound Designer & Composer: G. Clausen
Movement & Intimacy Choreographer: Tracy Bersley
Projections Designer: Alex Maness

October 17, 2019 6:00 PM

Vision Series: Dairyland

Director: Vivienne Benesch
Scenic Designer: Narelle Sissons
Costume Designer: Jan Chambers
Lighting Designer: Amith Chandrashaker
Projections Designer: Jared Mezzocchi
Sound Designer & Composer: Lindsay Jones

November 21, 2019 6:00 PM

Vision Series: Ragtime

Director:Zi Alikhan Choreographer: Tracy Bersley
Music Director: Mark Hartman
Scenic Designer: Mark Wendland
Costume Designer: Lux Haac
Lighting Designer: Masha Tsimring
Sound Designer: Eric Alexander Collins
Projections Designer: Alex Maness

January 23, 2020 6:00 PM

Vision Series: Everybody

Director: Orlando Pabotoy
Scenic & Costume Designer: McKay Coble
Lighting Designer: Cha See
Sound Designer & Composer: Fabian Obispo

March 5, 2020 6:00 PM

Vision Series: Julius Caesar

Director: Andrew Borba
Fight Director: Kara Wooten
Scenic Designer: Jan Chambers
Costume Designer: Grier Coleman
Lighting Designer: Kate McGee
Sound Designer & Composer: Kate Hopgood
Projections Designer: Nicholas Guariglia

April 9, 2020 6:00 PM

Vision Series: Native Gardens

Participants TBA


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 26, 2019 7:00pm

In the Wings: Native Son

Durham County Library Stanford L. Warren Branch

  • Colette Robert, director
  • April Mae Davis, “Bessie”
  • Tia James, “Hannah”
  • Amadio Perez, “Buddy”
  • Adam Poole, “Jan”

September 30, 2019 7:00pm

In the Wings: Dairyland

Durham County Library Stanford L. Warren Branch

  • Vivienne Benesch, director
  • Heidi Armbruster, playwright
  • Clair Karpen, “Allie”

November 4, 2019 7:00pm

In the Wings: Ragtime

Durham County Library Stanford L. Warren Branch

  • Zi Alikhan, director
  • NJ Agwuna, associate director
  • Sebastiani Romagnolo, “Houdini”

January 6, 2020 7:00pm

In the Wings: Everybody

Durham South Regional Library
Participants TBA

February 17, 2020 7:00pm

In the Wings: Julius Caesar

Durham County Library Stanford L. Warren Branch
Participants TBA

March 23, 2020 7:00pm

In the Wings: Native Gardens

Durham South Regional Library
Participants TBA


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 Joan H. Gillings 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,, Engagement Associate, to request information.