PlayMakers Repertory Company
PlayMakers Repertory Company, founded in 1976, is a professional, LORT D theater affiliated with the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The company creates its work utilizing a team of resident and guest artists, professional staff, and graduate students enrolled in the University's programs. From September to May, PlayMakers presents six mainstage productions from a broad repertoire of classical and contemporary works and a second stage series called PRC 2 which explores challenging social and political issues. PlayMakers Repertory Company has a rich history of producing Shakespeare's plays. The company has received honors from The Drama League of New York and American Theatre magazine as one the best regional theaters in the country. Since 1984, PlayMakers education programs have served over 112,000 middle and high school students. Programs include the Educational Matinee Series which provides mainstage performances, in-depth study guides and post-show discussions; Teaching Artist Residencies in which teaching artists conduct hands-on workshops in area schools; and Summer Youth Conservatory. The Conservatory has three programs that are taught by professional guest artists and use PlayMakers professional facilities: a five-week, theater-arts training course for high-school students that culminates in a professionally mounted play or musical; a five one-week theater-arts camps for middle-school students; and a six-week TheatreTech program that uniquely offers high-quality, technical production training to high-school students.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, PlayMakers Repertory Company presented student matinee performances of The Tempest co-directed by Artistic Director Joseph Haj and Dominque Serrand. The company provided related educational activities, including post-performance discussions, workshops, and a study guide. They reached more than 480 students from 11 schools located in North Carolina and Virginia.