Theater Listings

Triangle ArtWorks Theater Directory

Triangle ArtWorks strives to include all Triangle groups in this listing, but needs your help in keeping it complete and current.  Please inform us of any changes/additions at info@triangleartworks.org. These entries are for convenience only and the information regarding each organization was provided by the organization or from their websites.

Triangle ArtWorks makes NO endorsement or recommendation regarding any of the organizations listed.  Be sure to review their websites and other sources independently before you patronize them.  If you know of a group we should add, or find a link that doesn’t work or other issue, email us!

Raleigh/Wake County

Actors Comedy Lab  – Actors Comedy Lab is a small-but-feisty, non-profit theatre company dedicated to studying and refining the craft of comedy. Based in Raleigh, ACL was founded by theatre veterans Bunny & Jack Safron, along with their cohorts in crime, Rod & Nancy Rich.  Website.

Applause! Youth Theatre – Applause! is a part of the Town of Cary’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department.  We offer process-oriented theatre classes, camps and workshops staffed by professional actors, designers, directors and teachers. Our goal is to inspire confidence and creativity in young people, while encouraging the exploration and development of skill and interest.  In addition to class and camp performances, Applause! produces two mainstage performances annually.  Contact:  Rachel Green, PO Box 8005, Cary, NC  27511; 919-465-4792, EmailWebsite.

Bare Theater – Bare is a group of artists dedicated to simple, eclectic, non-traditional and spontaneous theatre. We hope to give our audience a clear, articulate and passionate experience of theatre with little other than a room, audience, the actors, and the text.  Based in Raleigh, NC, EmailWebsite.

Burning Coal Theatre Company – Burning Coal Theatre Company – Raleigh’s small, professional theatre.  Produces literate, visceral, affecting theatre that is experienced, not simply seen.  Murphey School, 224 Polk St, Raleigh, NC 27604;  (919) 834-4001; Website.

Cary Players – The purpose of the organization is to provide the citizens of Cary and surrounding areas with the opportunity to enhance and showcase their theatrical talents through a variety of activities including, but not limited to, theatrical productions, readings of up and coming playwrights, and theatre workshops.  P.O. Box 4427; Cary, NC 27519-4427; EmailWebsite.

Cary Playwrights Forum – The Cary Playwrights’ Forum is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help playwrights and aspiring playwrights in the Triangle in North Carolina to develop as dramatic writers.  We offer regular feedback sessions with other playwrights, actors, and directors; the opportunity to collaborate with allied artists in staged readings or productions of their original work; and educational workshops.  Website. Email.

ComedyWorx- Comedy Worx is the South’s longest-running improv comedy show, presenting a family friendly show, late night show for more “mature” audiences and private shows for businesses and parties. Worx Training Center also provides workshops for various forms of improvisation and various levels of experience.  431 W. Peace St., Raleigh, NC 27603;  (919) 829-0822,  Website.

EbzB Productions – Touring Theatre Company, 1121 Hortons Pond Rd., Apex, NC. 27523. 919-387-4616.  Website.

Flying Machine Theatre Co.- Flying Machine strives to create exceptional theatre for the benefit of the Triangle community. To achieve this, the Company provides an artistic home for an ensemble of North Carolina actors, playwrights, directors and designers. We foster the growth and further the education of artists through ongoing classes and workshops.  613 Thistlegate Tr., Raleigh, NC 27610; 919.954.8847; EmailWebsite.

Forest Moon Theater – Forest Moon is Wake Forest’s community theater. Founded in 2012, we are growing our audience by offering entertainment of the highest quality while engaging the community fully in the process. We are a nonprofit organization with the goal of bringing together people who love participating in the theater and those who love being entertained. Website. Email.

The Justice Theater Project- The Justice Theater Project is an advocacy, activist theater group. The mission of The Justice Theater Project is to use the dramatic arts as a way to call to the fore of public attention the needs of the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed.  Raleigh, NC; 919.215.0889; Email; Website.

Moonlight Stage Company-Moonlight Stage Company is a theatre company dedicated to New Works.  Its priority is audiences, patrons, performers, writers and students. Performance areas include  theatre, improv, original music, stand up comedy, and writer’s theatre. We will be focused on bringing fresh new material to the stage that will be for the enjoyment of live entertainment and to celebrate humanity and creativity.  This company is also dedicated to it’s students in helping foster opportunities in performance and preparing them for the professional world of performing arts.  Specifically in theatre, film, television, and music. Moonlight will grow into something very special for the community as both a place of entertainment and also a top notch education in the performing arts. Its teachers and company members are of the upmost artistic integrity and professionalism.  They all are currently working or have worked at the top levels in the industry. Moonlight Stage Company will also be dedicated to its audiences. The people who help make it grow and foster and become something special.  1304 Paddock Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609; EmailWebsite

North Carolina Theatre – North Carolina Theatre works to strengthen the cultural vitality of the region and cultivate musical theatre appreciation by producing outstanding professional Broadway musicals and developing the next generation of artists through youth training, performance and outreach programs. NCT blends regional performers with Broadway and national stars to create consistently high-quality productions.  NCT also makes important contributions to the economic development of the Triangle while providing employment for local and regional performers, musicians, technicians and staff. With NCT, Broadway is here to stay!   One E. South Street, Raleigh, NC  27601; (919)831-6941 x6946; EmailWebsite.

North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre: A non-profit, community-based performing arts center, created to enrich the cultural life of the North Raleigh community. We provide a creative outlet for all ages and openly invite community involvement. Along with providing instruction in the performing arts, we seek to promote the traditions and values of the theatre and to produce quality entertainment in a community-oriented atmosphere.  We offer classes for all age ranges as well as summer camps and track-out camps.  7713 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, NC 27615-4805;  (919) 866-0228; Email; Website.

Raleigh Little TheatreFounded in 1936, RLT is a welcoming community using theatre to enrich, educate, entertain and engage volunteers, students, and audiences of all ages. RLT serves 40,000 people a year through indoor and outdoor plays, education programs for children (starting at age 4) and adults, and volunteer opportunities.  301 Pogue St, Raleigh, NC 27607-7267; (919) 821-3111; Email; Website.

Seed Art Share – Seed Art Share celebrates shared arts experiences for Triangle performers, patrons, and the people they love! Our goal is to explore theatre while sharing stories, resources, environments, families, challenges, and even roles. Seed offers three shared arts experiences for patrons and performers: Smart Arts theatre integration classes, the Share the Show family inclusion program and Sprout Out Productions.

  • Smart Arts classes marry theatre arts with academics such as science, math, literature, and history and allow parents and children to learn together.
  • Share the Show sessions are supervised, show-themed programming for the children of company members while parents rehearse and perform. This allows single parents and couples to perform together with the convenience of built-in childcare. Customized Share the Show programming is also available for other production companies to offer matinee patrons.
  • Sprout Out Productions Our productions encourage audiences to “sprout out” of traditional auditorium seating and enjoy original and classic scripts performed by professional artists in gardens, offices, galleries, restaurants, stores, etc. Through active “shared art experiences” using smartphone technology, we allow walking-audiences to communicate with one another online, access story-driven videos and investigate local business through geo-mapping. We are currently working with Durham, NC based Blue Pane Studio (www. bluepane.com) to develop an app that would allow audiences, parents, performers, and businesses to participate in this season’s productions.

Check out the website for more information.

South Stream Productions – South Stream Productions is a collaboration between Brook North and John Honeycutt. We are a small actor driven company that mounts one show per year in early January. We select our plays based on our abilities and interests (both in terms of acting and production).  Email  Website:

Theatre In The Park – Theatre In The Park has entertained audiences since 1947. Theatre In The Park is one of North Carolina’s largest non-profit performing arts organizations and acclaimed for its numerous outstanding theatrical achievements. Each season Theatre In The Park presents an exceptional series of productions including the very best in comedy, original musicals, Shakespeare, and contemporary drama.  107 Pullen Road, Raleigh, NC  27607; 919-831-6936, EmailWebsite.

University Theater – University Theatre is North Carolina State University’s volunteer student theatre. Under the direction of a full-time professional staff, University Theatre produces eight to ten shows each season: five main season shows, a summer TheatreFest repertory season of three plays, a diversity play and usually a student studio production. We are pleased to be back in our home building, Frank Thompson Hall, presenting classes and shows for students and community.  1202 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27695  (919) 515-3927;  Website

Women’s Theatre Festival – Women’s Theatre Festival creates, produces, and promotes extraordinary theatre by women. Website.

Chatham County

StreetSigns  – StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance is an award-winning professional performing arts and educational center. Founded in Chicago in 1992, StreetSigns has presented more than fifty productions in its twenty-plus year history. StreetSigns has worked in partnership with Northwestern University, the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Georgetown University, always dedicated to the development and presentation of new literary adaptations, company created theatrical works, innovative new plays, and bold re-imaginings of classics. StreetSigns is committed to celebrating the region’s rich oral and written traditions, and to engaging cultural and political issues through the performance of literature. StreetSigns is searching for a home theatre and is working to create the Piedmont Performance Factory in Pittsboro. The Piedmont Performance Factory aims to develop a dynamic and creative space for theatre and other performances in Pittsboro, ranging from small experimental shows to larger festivals. The first-class space at the Piedmont Performance Factory will allow the fertile ground for the arts in Chatham County to flourish. Website.

Chapel Hill/Carrboro/Hillsborough

Deep Dish Theater – The Deep Dish Theater Company is committed to the presentation of compelling, provocative, human-centered dramatic work in an intimate setting. We develop that work through the collaboration of artists, striving always to create productions that cannot be contained within a single imagination. We celebrate the communal nature of creating and experiencing a theatrical work, and we are determined to include and reach out to the surrounding community in all its diversity.  201 South Estes Drive; Chapel Hill, NC 27514-7097;  (919) 968-1515; Website.

DSI Comedy Theater boasts a local company of 90+ active performers in Carrboro, NC and a national network of comedians. A dedicated member of its community, DSI supports the greater Triangle region with fundraisers, outreach, and educational opportunities for all ages and abilities. It is the home of DSI Communication, a Corporate Training, Leadership Development and Team Building organization, and the DSI Comedy School, which offers new classes to the public every month, classes in the art of improv, stand-up and sketch comedy.  Website

ArtsCenter Stage:  Arts Center Stage is international theatre at its most local.  Front and Center presents dynamic, full-length plays and musicals by emerging and established artists. Generation Next brings to our stage wonderful touring performances for families and children and helps create the next generation of theatre audiences and artists. OffCenter is committed to developing new works and features our international festival of ten-minute plays, 10 By 10 in the Triangle; the oldest, active improv company the South, Transactors Improv; the fast and furious PlaySlam!; and our resident Playwright’s Roundtable. 300 East Main Street, Carrboro, NC 27510-2359  (919) 929-2787;  Website.

The Drama Circle  – Since its founding in 2002, the Drama Circle has served to encourage the use of drama among Bahá’ís, their friends and their communities. PO Box 1361, Carrboro, NC 27510; Email; Website.

Orange Community Players – Orange Community Players was started in 2005 with a vision to provide quality theatrical productions in the Hillsborough community. Over the years participants have ranged from the ages of 5 to 80 as audiences have enjoyed more than thirty productions. PO Box 144
Hillsborough NC 27278 Website

Paperhand Puppet Intervention – Since 1998, PAPERHAND has been using corn starch, papier mache’, bamboo, your old house paints, and other assorted junk to create giant puppets, masks, shadow plays, and performances for all ages. We tell stories, illuminate myth, beat drums, paint cardboard, sew cloth, get sweaty, push boundaries, and carry heavy things to help make the world a better place. Our parades, pageants, and shows are celebrations for everyone to enjoy; they are expressions of our love, for the earth and its creatures. Community is the lifeblood of PAPERHAND, helping us in so many ways. Mailing Address: 6530 Whitney Rd. Graham, NC 27253, 919-923-1857,  Email; Website.

PlayMakers Repertory Company – PlayMakers Repertory Company is the professional LORT theatre on the campus of the UNC at Chapel Hill.  Considered the leading theatre of the Carolinas, the company has been honored by the Drama League of New York as one of the best regional theatres in the country. PlayMakers’ home is the 55,000 square foot Center for Dramatic Art which houses two theatres, a rehearsal hall, production shops, studios, classrooms and administrative offices. Between September and May each year the theatre produce a Mainstage season in the 500 seat Paul Green Theatre and a second stage series called PRC2 in the 265 seat Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre.  UNC Campus, Center for Dramatic Art, Country Club Dr, Chapel Hill; 150 Country Club Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27599; (919) 962-7529; Email; Website.

Transactors Improv Co.: Transactors Improv is the oldest active improvisational theater in the South. Our work focuses on emotion, physicality, character, commitment, teamwork, and fun. Our approach to improvisation revolves around discovery rather than invention. (919) 824-0937; Email, Website.

Durham

Bartlett Theater: Bartlett Theater dedicates itself to exploring and presenting the creative world of one playwright each season. As the only theater in the Southeast, and one of just a handful nationwide, with such a sharp focus, Bartlett Theater will firmly plant itself in the City of Durham, enriching a vibrant local culture while participating in an interconnected national dialogue on the arts. Its commitment to the artistic and economic vitality of the community is expressed by its pledge that at least 75 percent of all artists it employs will be based in North Carolina.  WebsiteEmail.  Mailing Address: 18 Plumas Drive Durham, NC 27705

Common Ground Theatre: Common Ground Theatre is a performance space in the Triangle area of North Carolina. We are committed to the growth of lively arts, and our performance space is utilized by many of the best young and small theater companies in the region. CG Theatre is also a great new spot to see local music and various other entertainment alternatives. 4815B Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705. (919) 698-3870, Email, Website.

Durham Family Theatre: DFT’s mission is to create a community-based theatre, reaching into and being fed by our diverse neighborhoods, where amateur and professional actors, designers, directors, playwrights and technicians of all ages, races and walks of life can gain skills that lead to meaningful careers and relationships, while creating engaging, exciting, transforming theatre.  DFT performs shows and has classes for children through adults. Website, Email.

Durham Ghost and Spice Productions: Making good plays great…and great plays often.  Durham  (888) 239-9253; Website.

Haymaker – Haymaker is a new performance company based in Durham, producing original work by collaging found texts and personal experiences. Email. Website.

Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern – The Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern is a nonprofit theatre company that has been bringing high-octane work to Triangle audiences since 2005. Our model is European but accessible, strange and dreamlike but familiar and immediate.  Mailing address:  2646 Lawndale Ave., Durham, NC 27705;  (919) 286-0456; Email; Website.

Manbites Dog Theater – A professional non-profit theater company founded in Durham in October 1987, serves the Triangle area of central North Carolina. Manbites Dog’s purpose is to produce new and challenging theatrical events; showcase and nurture developing playwrights, directors, actors, and artists; facilitate cross-disciplinary and cross-community projects; and help strengthen this region’s theatrical community.  703 Foster Street;  Durham, NC 27701;  (919) 682-4974; Website.

Rags to Riches Youth Theater – A traveling theatre troupe, entertaining the young and the young at heart with stories pulled from history, literature and fantasy. Our performance include music, laughter and improvisation. PO Box 25500, Durham, NC 27702-5500, 1-877-956-9891, 919-423-8696.  Website

Tiny Engine Theater – Tiny Engine is an ensemble-driven company dedicated to exploring the boundaries of theater in the Triangle. By giving new voices and local talent a platform to entertain and move audiences, we act as an engine of possibility to the greater creative community. Email. Website.

The Durham Savoyards, Ltd.- Producing the topsy-turvey musical comedies of Sir William S. Gilbert & Sir Arthur S. Sullivan since 1963. This amazing homegrown theatre troupe was born out of love for that perfect combination of W. S. Gilbert’s incisive satire and Arthur Sullivan’s sparkling music. EmailWebsite.

Walltown Children’s Theater – Walltown Children’s Theatre inspires positive social change by developing and reconnecting diverse, under-served youth in Walltown and the surrounding communities through exemplary performing arts programming, after-school academic tutoring and collaborative leadership opportunities. 1225 Berkeley Street, Durham, North Carolina, 27705, 919-286-4545, EmailWebsite.

Ward Theatre Company – The Ward Theatre Company has recently re-settled in Durham and is populated exclusively with Meisner-trained actors. The Company was established in New York City in 2005 and since that time has performed in New York, Philadelphia and Melbourne, Australia. Sporting an ensemble of international actors — including local actors from Chapel Hill, Raleigh and Durham — the Ward Theatre Company is known for its extraordinary esprit de corps, as well as the authenticity and emotional depth of its acting. While her work has been described as “movies on stage,” in reference to the truthfulness and intimacy she establishes in her productions, Artistic Director Wendy Ward believes steadfastly that live theater can provide passage to the human experience in ways that the big screen cannot. 4905 Pine Cone Drive, Suite 12, Durham, NC 27707 Website.

Young People’s Performing Company – The Performing Company provides classes, workshops and performance opportunities in the dramatic arts for children and teens from kindergarten through high school. Since 1985 YPPC has been granted class, rehearsal and performance space in the Durham Arts Council building at 120 Morris St., downtown Durham. EmailWebsite.

Johnston County

Clayton Youth Theater – Clayton Youth Theater is a community theater for students in 7th-12th grade. Located in Downtown Clayton, CYT performs two productions a year at The Clayton Center. Clayton Youth Theater was established to involve area youth in the theater arts, showcase the talents of area students in grades 7-12, perform high-quality productions at the local level, and cultivate an appreciation for the arts in the community. Since 2007, CYT has impacted hundreds of students and entertained thousands of patrons in and around Johnston County. Visit their website for more details.

Neuse Little Theater – The Neuse Little Theatre is a volunteer, community based theatre group that provides high quality entertainment and thought provoking performances of drama, comedy, and musical theatre to the residents of Johnston County – and has done so for over 36 years! Our home base is the former American Legion Hut (still affectionately called “The Hut”) located at the corners of Front and Market Streets in Downtown Smithfield. PO Box 1832, Smithfield, NC. (919) 934-1873, Website