Follow Us!

Latest News

The Black Rep announces a shift in the schedule of its 44th season

05-25-2020 News

Bubbling Brown Sugar, which would have opened the 44th season at The Edison Theatre in September,  will move into Season 45. Producing Director, Ron Himes explains, “We were looking forward to opening with BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR but we’re not sure what the world post Covid will be. But, we know things...

Read more


04-17-2020 News

PRESS RELEASE: SEASON 43 ENDS - CANCELLATION MARIE AND ROSETTA   ST. LOUIS April 16, 2020 – The Coronavirus Pandemic has significantly disrupted communities and businesses around the world. The St. Louis region and The Black Rep is no different in compliance with the Shelter-at-Home order. We have held...

Read more

You Shop, Amazon Gives

04-08-2020 News

Welcome To:   You shop. Amazon gives.                                                                                        

Read more


03-12-2020 News

Dear Friends, We believe in the power of theatre to bring communities together in the most difficult times, however after much consideration and in an abundance of caution, we’ve made the decision to cancel the remaining performances of Spell #7. While I know our patrons and...

Read more


02-18-2020 News

ST. LOUIS FEBRUARY 3, 2020 – “Spell # 7” will be The Black Rep debut of rap artist Tef Poe. Tef Poe has received numerous Hip-Hop awards for his work, and was recently featured as a Harvard Fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Research institute. Tef says “This is...

Read more

August Wilson award goes to The Black Rep in St. Louis

01-21-2020 News

Photo by Phil Hammer ST. LOUIS, MO. -- The Black Rep is already two-thirds of its way through August Wilson’s American Century Cycle for the second time. So it was certainly due to be presented with its August Wilson American Century Cycle Award, given by the...

Read more



                           President                                    Gisele Marcus, Thermo Fisher Scientific
                           Vice President                             Larry D. Richardson, Benjamin F. Edwards
                           Secretary                                       M. Denise Thomas
                          Chair, Finance                             Barbara Feiner
  Tim Bennett
Michael Brockland, SWMW Law, LLC
Allan Gray
Alesha Henley, St. Louis Regional Chamber
Andreal Hoosman, Haywood Hoosman Realty
Edward O’Neal, Benjamin F. Edwards
Lionel Phillips, Phillips Concrete
 Dr. Johnathan Smith, St. Louis University
Paul Steger, Webster University






Founded in 1976 by Producing Director Ron Himes, The Black Rep is the largest, professional African-American theatre company in the nation and the largest African-American performing arts organization in Missouri.

After its inception, Himes began to take the company on the road, performing for people everywhere by touring college campuses, community centers and various art / theatre festivals. The Black Rep started to draw such huge crowds when they performed and 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 makes 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.

With an eye toward future growth and continued artistic excellence, in 2005 the board of directors added the position of Executive Director to The Black Rep staff leadership. Rudy Nickens, affiliated with the company since its inception, was selected for the post.

Today, The Black Rep performs at the Edison Theater at Washington University in St. Louis.The company continues to produces 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, Dominique Morisseau, George C. Wolfe and Lynn Nottage, and Tony Kushner. In addition, 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.

Mainstage productions and Education programs combine to reach more than 80,000 people annually. The company is pleased to entertain the most diverse theatre audience in the St. Louis region.

Celebrate with The Black Rep as it continues to bring the magic of live theatre to everyone. Join us…Entertaining Diverse Audiences. Educating Promising Youth. Enriching Our Community.


RON HIMES, the Founder and Producing Director of The Black Rep, has produced over 100 performances throughout the Company’s 33-year history. Although his St. Louis acting and directing credits are too numerous to mention, he has directed for theatres throughout the country including: For Colored Girls, for People’s Light & Theatre Company in Philadelphia; Riffs for Seven Stages in Atlanta; Spunk and Spell #7 at the Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.; One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and I’m Not Rappaport at the Old Creamery Theatre in Garrison, IA; Enemy of the People at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, AK; and Flyin’ West for Delaware Theatre Company. Mr. Himes has received numerous honors and awards including an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Washington University and the University of Missouri St. Louis and the 2001 Arts & Education Council Lifetime Achievement Award.