History

Since its founding in 1963, Trinity Repertory Company has been one of the most respected regional theaters in the country. Featuring the last long-standing resident acting company in America, Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works for an estimated annual audience of 120,000. In its 47-year history, the theater has produced 58 world premieres, mounted national and international tours, and, through its MFA program, trained hundreds of new actors and directors. This season marks the 45th year of Project Discovery, Trinity Rep's pioneering educational outreach program. Last season, Trinity Rep?s educational programs reached nearly 15,000 Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut students through matinees as well as in-school residencies and workshops. The education department at Trinity Rep has been providing after-school programs for students of all ages and abilities - now under the auspices of the Young Actors Studio - since 2005. The Brown University/Trinity Rep Consortium offers professional training for actors and directors in a three-year MFA program. Since 1973, Trinity Rep's home has been the Lederer Theater Center, a historic landmark built as the Majestic Theatre in 1917. With an annual budget of $7.4 million, the theater employs over 100 artistic and administrative staff and annually generates nearly $12 million in economic activity.



Local, national, and international recognition has come to Trinity Rep consistently. In 1968, it was the first American theater company to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland. The company received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater Company in 1981, produced four television productions for PBS, and toured to India and Syria. Trinity Rep has a strong commitment to the development of new works and has presented 57 world premieres.

Arts education at all levels is central to the Trinity Rep mission. Started in 1977 as the Trinity Rep Conservatory and continuing today as the Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program, the graduate level training program has guided a new generation of actors and directors with training in the environment of a professional producing theater. The Brown/Trinity Rep MFA program combines in-depth classroom work and an ongoing relationship to a working professional theatre. Brown University?s Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies is internationally recognized for the quality of its faculty and instruction. Trinity Rep, with its deep tradition of resident artists, provides powerful artistic assets and creates a firm foundation of real-world experience. Together, the two organizations have produced a model of theatre training that is rigorous and technically demanding, without intellectual or creative limitations.

Last season, over 15,000 students were able to experience the power of live theater through Project Discovery, Trinity Rep's pioneering educational outreach program launched in 1966. The Young Actors Studio allows thousands of students across the region to participate in after-school enrichment activities at the theater as well as in outreach programs at local community centers. More in-depth arts education is offered through post-show discussions with the actors, in-school visits, and backstage workshops. In ongoing community outreach, Trinity Rep cultivates new audiences throughout southeastern New England with open captioning and Pay-What-You-Can performances along with a variety of rush and targeted discounts for every production.

From its roots in Providence's Trinity United Methodist Church, Trinity Repertory Company moved in 1973 to its present home, the Lederer Theater Center in downtown Providence. Formerly known as the Majestic Theatre, the historic building houses two performance spaces: the 500-plus seat Chace Theater and the 300-seat Dowling Theater, as well as offices, production shops, and rehearsal halls. The theater is wheelchair accessible and offers an Assistive Listening System for the hearing-impaired. Thanks to Citizens Bank?s June 2000 gift of a former branch building around the corner, Trinity Rep has built the Citizens Bank Theater in the Pell Chafee Performance Center. This educational center, with a theater space with flexible seating for up to 250, is home to the Brown/Trinity MFA program and Trinity?s grade 4-12 educational activities.

As Rhode Island's largest arts organization, Trinity Rep has a significant impact on the community, and is a linchpin of Providence's arts and entertainment district. With an annual budget of $7.4 million, the theater employs over 100 artistic and administrative staff, and generates more than $12 million in economic activity each year.

Curt Columbus became artistic director in January 2006, following Amanda Dehnert, Oskar Eustis, Richard Jenkins, Anne Bogart and Adrian Hall. Executive director Michael Gennaro leads the company in partnership with the artistic director.