The first 100 Years
PlayMakers grew out of a rich, storied Carolina history
1918 ● Carolina Playmakers
Professor Frederick Koch (“Proff Koch”) founded the Carolina Playmakers, a troupe of writers and actors made up of students, faculty, and community members.
1976 ● PlayMakers Repertory Company is Born
The Carolina Playmakers takes a final bow and PlayMakers Repertory Company launches as a professional regional theatre.
The next 100 Years
A fresh vision
Over the past 40 years, PlayMakers has been honored as one of the best regional theatres in the country. PlayMakers is committed to drawing our circle wider through a host of expanding priorities, including partnerships with diverse, nationally acclaimed theatre artists, and vibrant arts organizations.
A New Work Program
Growing our impact and voice within the local and national conversation by fostering the creation of exciting, innovative, and socially relevant new work for the theatre.
Connecting Carolina’s Communities
By establishing permanent funding for vital K-12 arts-in-education programs, access, and community engagement.
How You Can Help
Increase the PlayMakers Annual Fund to $500,000 Each year
Gifts to the Annual Fund support all needs of the theatre, including innovative work onstage and behind the scenes, training for the artists of tomorrow, and affordable ticket prices for all. Sit taller in your theatre seat knowing you are making a difference to excellence, access, and education.
Give an annual gift or become a monthly Sustainer to receive exclusive benefits with our thanks.
Establish a $10 Million Endowment
Endowment funds play a vital role in the economic health and stability of cultural institutions. Together endowment gifts support the vibrant growth of PlayMakers’ artistic, educational, and engagement programming, and enable us to bring nationally acclaimed artists to North Carolina.
To discuss endowment, stock or planned gifts, please contact:
PlayMakers’ Development Office
919.962.4846 | PRC_Development@unc.edu