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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...

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12-06-2019 News

BROADWAY ACTOR RETURNS HOME TO LEAD AUGUST WILSON’S “TWO TRAINS RUNNING”   James A. Williams, who originated the role of Roosevelt in August Wilson’s “Radio Golf” on Broadway, leads the cast as Memphis Lee in The Black Rep’s production of “Two Trains Running”. The cast will also feature Producing...

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Youth lead stunning Black Rep and COCA co-production of ‘Four Little Girls’

11-14-2019 News

From the talent of ‘babies’ Youth lead stunning Black Rep and COCA co-production of ‘Four Little Girls’ itter By Kenya Vaughn   Oct 24, 2019  Photos by Phillip Hamer, courtesy of COCA “My babies came through,” director Jacqueline Thompson said of her cast following the opening night performance of “Four Little Girls:...

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The Black Rep Memorial Tribute for Ms. Linda Alton Randall Kennedy has been rescheduled.

08-21-2019 News

   The Black Rep Memorial Tribute for Ms. Linda Alton Randall Kennedy has been rescheduled for Monday January 13, 2020  at the Edison Theatre on the campus of Washington University in St. Louis.    Linda Alton Randall Kennedy December 5, 1950 - August 16, 2019   Our hearts are heavy as we...

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Ferguson play debuted by The Black Rep gets broader audience

08-05-2019 News

‘Canfield Drive’ among National Black Theatre Festival lineup in North Carolina By Kenya Vaughn   Jul 25, 2019 ‘Canfield Drive,’ which premiered at The Black Rep in January, will play The National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina. Photos by Phil Hamer “I’m always trying to pick work that speaks to...

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The Black Rep professional guest artists visit schools and community organizations and conduct short and long-term workshops in creative drama, theatre performance, cooperative games, theatre production and poetry performance for students and teachers.


Participants learn poetry composition, creative self-expression through vocal and movement techniques, characterization and adaptation of poetry for performance.

Pricing for these professionally-staffed workshops at your location begins at $175. To book a workshop for your school or site contact The Black Rep Education Department at (314) 534-3807 or via email



The Black Rep offers a six-week Summer Performing Arts Program for ages 8-17. The program is designed to provide young people with an opportunity to expand their creative talents and imagination. Children receive instruction in acting, movement, voice, writing, and creative costume crafts. Students also prepare for and perform in a special production for their families at the end of the session.

To register fill out the SPA Registration form and return it to The Black Rep Administrative Office:

For more information email




The Black Rep Touring Company performs more than150 shows yearly for schools, community centers, corporations, churches and other organizations in St. Louis and throughout the region.  The shows complement curriculum by illustrating history, teaching literature and reinforcing morals.  Shows run 50-55 minutes.



Designed to motivate and inspire students while they’re having fun. Must be at least 5 days in length, but can be scheduled for up to six weeks.  Students develop their own performance piece during the residency, and educational formats are designed according to MISSOURI SHOW ME STANDARDS IN EDUCATION.


Using basic techniques – movement, characterization and an overview of African American playwrights – to encourage creative self-expression and introduce students to theatre and poetry performance.


A field trip to The Black Rep offices and production shops to experience what it takes to get a show to stage. Discussion of varied staff positions and skill sets link students’ curriculum and the job arena.

(These programs are adaptable for Teacher In-Service sessions, as well as other adult groups and organizations.)


Interested teens gain experience in stage management, as they get backstage exposure helping to prepare dressing rooms, adjust costumes, prepare props and perform other vital duties prior to and during the run of each show.


An eight-week program for ages 8-17, designed to provide young people the opportunity to expand their talents and imagination through acting movement, voice, writing and costume crafts. The program culminates in a special production for students’ families at the end of the season.

For multi-session or long-term residency pricing, contact the Education Department at 314.534.3807


To schedule a Touring Production or Student Matinee

1. Check budget.

2. Grade levels/number of students;

3. Production choice; type of performance space.

4. Check calendar for 2 date/time choices.


For Fee Structures : Contact the Education Department at 314.534.3807


Prices will vary for:

1)        Out state MO/IL-sites 50-100 miles of St. Louis

2)        Sites over 100 miles of St. Louis and Out-of-State

Required Performance Space:

1)        Approximately 25’x20’ open space

2)        Auditoriums, gyms, cafeterias, multi-purpose rooms, etc.

3)        Access to electrical outlet

4)        Secure suitable private room for costume changes  (not a restroom)


$15.00 per student

Up to 450 students

One teacher free with every 15 students


(June 24 – August 10, 2013)

Entire eight-week program = $750

A registration fee of $50 plus 50% of the total tuition is required to reserve your child/teen enrollment. The remainder of the tuition is due on the first day of class.


(one instructor per 15-20 youth)

45 minutes =   $150

60 minutes =   $250



Since its inception more than twenty years ago, The Black Rep Professional Internship Program has trained more than 100 actors, stage managers, theatre administrators, and production leaders. Each year, six to seven interns receive extended training and performing opportunities under the program.

The professional internship is a full-time position, which runs August through May and includes a weekly stipend. The program is designed for aspiring and serious-minded individuals who are seeking to build their craft through the functions of professional theatre. Artists who have completed college and/or have sufficient artistic or technical training are encouraged to apply.

Artists accepted into the program are involved in a comprehensive theatre format, including assignments from the administrative, educational and artistic departments. Interns travel throughout the region, performing touring productions at area schools, community centers and other organizations. In addition to touring, they teach workshops and residencies, take master classes with guest directors, performers and playwrights.

Interns also rotate throughout the mainstage season working on the running crews, concessions, merchandise and box office, supervising student matinees and assisting in the administrative office. In the past, members of the program have also had opportunities to appear in The Black Rep’s award-winning mainstage productions.

For more information on the Professional Internship Program Heather Beal at (314) 534-3807.

Download the Professional Acting Internship Application here: files/ACTING_Intern_Application_2016-2017.pdf



This season, The Black Rep continues an innovative youth training effort, the TEEN TECH PROGRAM. The program allows interested teens to gain experience in stage management and backstage exposure. They work with mainstage productions to prepare dressing rooms for actors, make adjustments to costumes, prepare props and perform other activities prior to and during the run of each show.

To get your teen engaged for backstage insight and a new perspective on theatre contact:

Heather Beal

(314) 534-3807 or via email: