The Seacoast Repertory Theatre is on the edge of something great! As we hurtle towards the end of our 2022 season, with 2023 shining bright on the horizon, we seek the partnership of our community to propel us over that edge and into the future. The Rep is a non-profit organization with a mission to enrich humanity through the shared experience of live theatrical arts, and is a cultural gem not just in the fabric of the immediate seacoast region but of the American Theatre scene at large.
Historically, theatre on Bow St. in Portsmouth, NH has played a massive role in the evolution of this country. Predating America itself, Bow St. was considered “The Theatre District Of The Original 13 Colonies” in the late 1700s, a cornerstone of the cultural progression of the people and America’s becoming. We continue that tradition today with important storytelling and an artform that serves as a vital practice of self examination and social development. We the people have a responsibility to support, sustain and propel forward the work done by this organization to ensure its place in the community for generations to come.
The seacoast region is one of the most culturally rich communities in America. There are countless movie houses, concert halls, theatres, museums, galleries, performance art venues and public spaces dedicated to arts of every kind, but Seacoast Repertory Theatre is something unique and special. The Rep is not just a historical performance venue, it is a year-round, professional regional production house. It is the only organization like it in the state, and one of the very few remaining year-round repertory production houses in America. Every year, The Rep employs hundreds of professional artists from around the globe, bringing them into our community to live, work, envision, imagine and create, contributing greatly to the economic and social glue of our society. To have such a rare thing right in our backyard requires the support of all to ensure its success and longevity.
After 2+ years of setbacks due to the pandemic, we are on the precipice of great momentum in the renaissance of The Rep. With fresh leadership and a reinvigorated, diverse, inspiring and healthy board, The Rep is in its strongest position since its inception as “Theatre By The Sea” in the 1960’s. With the rest of the industry (from Broadway to our local community theatres) still at only 70% of their pre-pandemic attendance and finances, The Rep stands as an outlier, with box office numbers and attendance smashing all previous pre-pandemic records. Truly, The Rep is better than ever! This success has afforded us the ability to pay off debt spanning back decades, make major renovations and safety improvements to our facilities, upgrade the level and quality of the equipment used by our teams to bring our world class art to life, bring in more diversity in our artistic offerings, and offer professionals in our industry living wages for the quality work they do.
It is fundamentally important for a cultural establishment like The Rep to not be beholden to ticket sales alone, which can be unpredictable or dictate programming throughout a season. With the generous support of our patrons we are afforded the opportunity to expose the community to new and challenging pieces that push the envelope of artistry rather than simply hold the line and maintain status quo in our field. The Rep seeks to innovate and encourage its peers in the industry. With your end of year support we can do just that!
This end of year fund drive kicks off with an exciting dollar-for-dollar matching challenge set down by our incredible Board of Trustees. Our board will match every dollar donated up to $30k in the first 30 days! So donate today and watch your dollars double! Meeting our end of year goals makes a huge impact on The Rep and in our community. Consider supporting The Rep this holiday season and let your dollars have double the impact!
For the first time in Seacoast Repertory Theatre’s history, we come to you to seek your support to not simply survive, but to thrive. The Rep is on the edge of something great, and we invite you to come along!
Ben Hart & Brandon James, Executive Artistic Directors
Alyssa Dumas, Associate Artistic Director
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