The Black Rep

To provide platforms for theatre, dance and other creative expressions from an African American perspective that heighten the social and cultural awareness of its audiences.

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Address: 6662 Olive Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63130
Phone Number: 314-885-3333
Founded in 1976 by Producing Director Ron Himes, The Black Rep is one of the largest, professional African-American theatre companies in the nation and the largest African-American performing arts organization in Missouri.

After its inception, the company toured college campuses, community centers and various art / theatre festivals. In 1980, the company took residence in the former Greeley Presbyterian Church's sanctuary on the corner of St. Louis Avenue and 23rd Street, renovating the interior into a theatre space. During the 1980′s, the company began to hire guest actors, directors, designers and choreographers locally and nationally. In addition, The Black Rep began presenting regional dance companies and a musical film series. By 1986, the company became the only African-American theatre in the Midwest to operate under a contract with the Actor's Equity Association, guaranteeing union wages to its actors and stage managers. Later in the eighties, The Black Rep decided to narrow its focus to only producing African-American live theatre.

In the early 1990′s, The Black Rep relocated to the heart of Grand Center, St. Louis' arts and cultural district, where it made its home in the beautiful, renovated 467-seat Grandel Theatre. At the Grandel, mainstage productions are performed for an audience of more than 25,000 annually. Today, The Black Rep performs at the Edison Theater on the Washington University campus and the Emerson Performing Center on the Harris-Stowe campus. The company continues to produce quality professional dramas, comedies and musicals by primarily African-American and third world playwrights. The company has produced the works of Pulitzer Prize winning playwrights August Wilson, Athol Fugard, George C. Wolfe and Tony Kushner.

The company maintains an award-winning Education and Community Program, including classes and workshops for adults and youth, touring productions, the Summer Performing Arts Program, the Teen Tech Program and the Professional Internship Program.