Kansas City Repertory Theatre
Kansas City Repertory Theatre was founded in 1964 as part of the theatre department at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and in 1979 became a separate nonprofit. The company produces plays at their 630-seat mainstage, Helen F. Spencer Theatre (located at the University), and at their 320-seat theater, Copaken Stage (located in downtown Kansas City). Annually, nearly 90,000 people attend their productions and participate in educational activities at the two venues and throughout the community. Kansas City Repertory Theatre’s core education programs, such as student matinees and Rep on the Road, are curriculum-based and meet state education standards. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Eric Rosen, the company has gained national attention for its adventurous and innovative theater, producing excellent new work and fresh, powerful interpretations of modern and classic works. They received honors from The Wall Street Journal in 2009 for their production of The Glass Menagerie as one of the two best plays in the United States. In December 2012, the Rep was one of 14 theatres chosen by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to participate in its new playwright-in-residence program. This program will be with Nathan Louis Jackson and will take place during their 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 seasons.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Kansas City Repertory Theatre will present student matinees of Romeo and Juliet (January to February 2014) directed by Artistic Director Eric Rosen. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, post-performance talkbacks, and a learning guide. They anticipate reaching 60 schools in Kansas.