Trinity Repertory Company is a regional theatre located in Providence, Rhode Island. The theatre is a member of the League of Resident Theatres. Founded in 1963, the theatre is "one of the most respected regional theatres in the country" . Trinity Rep presents a balance of world premiere, contemporary, and classic works, including six subscription productions, and an annual production of A Christmas Carol, for an estimated annual audience of 160,000. In its 42-year history, the theater has produced nearly 50 world premieres. Project Discovery, Trinity Rep's pioneering educational outreach program launched in 1966, introduces over 30,000 Rhode Island and Massachusetts students a year to live theater.
Trinity Rep was founded when a small group of Rhode Island
citizens sought to create a professional resident theatre company in Providence. Incorporated as the "Foundation for Repertory Theatre" on March 19th, 1963, the group was interested in finding a professional director to lead the young ensemble. At the suggestion of Betsy Argo, the group hired Adrian Hall, a New York-based director originally from Texas. Also in search of a performance space, the group was offered the use of Trinity Union Methodist Church, located in Trinity Square. The first production was "The Hostage" by Brendan Behan, which opened on March 14, 1964
. Trinity Rep performed at the Edinburgh International Festival
in 1968, the first American theatre company to do so. The Trinity Rep Conservatory opened in 1977, serving as a training ground for actors and directors. The Conservatory began granting an MFA
degree through Rhode Island College
in 1998. In 1981, the company was awarded the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater Company
. The company has also produced television productions shown on PBS
, toured in India and Syria, and has presented over fifty world premiere productions of new plays . The Brown/Trinity Consortium
, a graduate program offering degrees in acting and directing, is a collaboration between Trinity Repertory and Brown University
, founded in September, 2002.
The theatre was originally located at Trinity Union Methodist Church in Providence, moving in 1973 to the Lederer Theater Center, which was formerly a historical vaudeville performance house known as the Majestic Theatre. The interior of the Majestic was completely re-modeled to include two performance spaces: the 286 seat Dowling Theater, and the 500-600 seat Chace Theater.
The Anne Bogart Year
After 25 years as Trinity's founding artistic director, Adrian Hall left to assume full-time leadership of the Dallas Theatre Center in 1989. Anne Bogart
, a 36-year old avant-garde director known at the time for her work in Massachusetts and New York, was selected to replace him. The bold choice proved controversial beginning early in the 1989-90 season, as she undertook sweeping aesthetic and staffing changes. In May of 1990, Ms. Bogart resigned abruptly after one season as Artistic Director during a dispute with Trinity's board over steep budget cuts for the 1990-1 season.
Adrian Hall (1963-1989)
Amanda Dehnert (2005-2006, Acting Artistic Director)
Curt Columbus (2006-Present)
- - Coale, Sam, editor. Adrian Hall:The Man, The Muse, and the Moments at Trinity Rep. Meridian Printing, East Greenwich, Rhode Island. ISBN 0-9668540-0-4
- - Curt Columbus appointed new Artistic Director - Press release from Trinity's official website
- - League of Resident Theatres - List of Member Theatres from the LORT website
- - Trinity Rep's history - From Trinity Rep's official