Theatre Memphis is a non-profit community theatre whose mission is “to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the live of our audiences, participants and community”. As one of the oldest and most successful community theatres in the country, Theatre Memphis has offered an opportunity for people with every degree of talent to become part of the creative process. As a community theatre, all of the cast and crew are volunteers with an average of 750 annually.

Theatre Memphis was founded in 1920 and presented three one-act plays as its first performance in 1921. In 1925, the theatre opened its doors to its first permanent home, housed in a former stable. By 1929, the theatre had moved to its second permanent home on the east wing of the Pink Palace. Theatre Memphis opened its doors on its current location in East Memphis on May 1, 1975. The building houses two separate stages - the Lohrey MainStage, which seats 400, and the smaller black-box theatre, the Next Stage, which seats 100. Both spaces area enable with state-of-the-art sound and lighting instruments and equipment. While visiting the theatre, don’t miss the Dramatis Personae sculpture garden, including original works by Lawrence K. Anthony.

Showagon is the educational component of Theatre Memphis whose four actors present a variety of productions that tour to local schools, libraries and other locations. For over 30 years, Showagon has performed in schools and libraries in the greater Memphis area, and sometimes other parts of Tennessee and exposing children to the magical world of theatre. 

The 95th season promises to be entertaining with a strong selection and variety of dramas, comedy, musicals, new work and classic offerings to ensure that there is something for everyone.  Currently performing Copenhagen until March 1st and The Boy from Oz starting March 6th.  Visit their website today for the full performance schedule and to purchase tickets or call 901.682.8323 for more information.

By and photo credit: theatrememphis.org