Founded in 1963, Trinity Rep has long been nationally recognized for excellence and innovation. The company received the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater in 1981, produced four television productions for PBS, toured India and Syria, and was the first American theater company to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland. Trinity Rep’s Project Discovery program, which celebrated 50 years of student matinees in 2016, became a national model for arts education.
Trinity Rep shapes the future of the nation’s theater through the development and production of new plays, as well as the Brown University/ Trinity Rep MFA program — a tuition-free, three-year program that is one of the leading actor and director training programs in the world.
Trinity Rep’s celebrated resident acting company members make Providence their home and are proud to be a part of this community. They provide an artistic foundation that allows directors and playwrights to achieve heightened levels of creativity and encourage the audience to feel more connected to the creative work and organization.
Community connections are made and strengthened daily through robust education and engagement programs. In a single season Trinity Rep’s educational programs reach more than 20,000 Southern New England students through performances, in-school visits, and backstage workshops. Engagement opportunities range from conversations with artists to community partnerships. Trinity Rep is committed to inclusion at every level of the organization, including programs like open captioning and sensory-friendly performances.
Located in downtown Providence, Trinity Rep has long been a driving
force behind the creativity that fuels and defines the region. From its roots in Providence’s Trinity United Methodist Church, Trinity Rep moved in 1973 to its present home, the Lederer Theater Center in downtown Providence. Built in 1917 and formerly known as the Majestic Theater, the historic building now houses two performance spaces: the Elizabeth and Malcolm Chace Theater (500+ seats) and the Sarah and Joseph Dowling, Jr. Theater (200+ seats.)
Employing more than 275 artists, educators, and administrators, the organization generates over $13 million in economic activity annually.
Trinity Rep is committed to reinventing the public square and inspiring dialogue by creating emotionally-stimulating live productions and innovative education programs for all ages and abilities. Whether classical or contemporary, all of Trinity Rep’s productions connect audiences with the play in meaningful and sometimes surprising ways. Its annual production of A Christmas Carol is new every year and has brought families together for over 40 years.
Artistic director since 2006, Curt Columbus has embraced the Trinity
Rep aesthetic established by founding Artistic Director Adrian Hall and continued by his successors: Anne Bogart, Richard Jenkins, Oskar Eustis, and Amanda Dehnert. Together, with Executive Director Tom Parrish, Columbus is committed to creating unparalleled theatrical experiences for and with the community.
Trinity Rep’s mission is to reinvent the public square with dramatic art
that stimulates, educates and engages our diverse community in a continuing dialogue.
Company • We provide eclectic, bold, and original theater through our
resident acting company. Since 1964, we have proven that a resident acting
company is the best vehicle to achieve the best theater, while at the same
time contributing to the vibrancy of the community. Our vision for the resident company includes a group of actors of diverse backgrounds and ages, with a range of talents and abilities, including writing and directing. A resident acting company provides playwrights and directors a unique opportunity to develop new work specifically suited to the strengths of actors, and to re-imagine classic work in innovative and ground-breaking ways. We will premiere at least one production each year developed specifically for our company, and continue to revitalize and define our company in the years to come.
Community • We are a public square. We are a cultural resource, where the ideas and issues of our time and of our culture are pondered, discussed, and debated, sparked by the work on our stages. We provide rich, engaging opportunities in our classrooms, theaters, lobbies, and online. We are committed to our location in downtown Providence, and renovating and conserving our building is fundamental to who we are and why we exist. Our vision for our physical plant includes more space for public gatherings and educational programs, as well as better technical support.
Education • We offer in-depth educational opportunities. We contribute
to the well-being of this region in innumerable and profound ways, most especially through our educational programs. The work on our stages is a point of genesis, not the end point, for our numerous education programs: Project Discovery, a student matinee program founded in 1966, has allowed over 1.4 million students to experience live theater; the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA programs in acting and directing are among the top graduate studies programs in the world, developing the next generation of theater artists; and our myriad life-long learning educational courses serve not only thousands of children each year, but adults and seniors of all ages.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Pledge
At Trinity Repertory Company, we commit to struggle together for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Acknowledging the inequitable structures established by the dominant culture, and Trinity Rep’s participation in these unjust systems, we make the following pledges:
• We pledge to welcome all people into Trinity Repertory Company,
regardless of their race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or genetic information.
• We pledge to become inclusive at every level of our organization.
• We pledge to create and sustain equitable hiring practices, responsive
work environments, and mindful institutional planning.
• We pledge to be a brave space that explores truth, pursues hope, and
fosters mutual understanding.
• We pledge to tell stories that reflect our community.