Friends of The Black Rep


Put A Child In A Seat

Bringing theatre experiences to  the young people of the  community is the main focus of the Put A Child In A Seat Fundraising Campaign. 

The goal this year is to raise $100,000.00 to support The Black Rep Education  Department’s

  • Touring Shows Student Matinees
  • The Professional Intern Program
  • Summer Performing Arts Program (SPA)
  • Teen Tech Program
  • Theatre Arts Workshops/Residences

Did You Know…?  


Youth who are exposed to the arts show: Higher academic achievement Stronger self-esteem A strong capacity for self-assessment Better ability to plan and work for a  future goal  Youth who study the arts are:

  • 4  times more likely to get academic awards
  • 3  times more likely to be a class  officer
  • 3  times more likely to win a school attendance award
  • 4  times more likely to win a  writing award
  • Significantly higher scores in creative thinking, fluency, and originality.

Source: NGA Center for Best Practices Issue Brief:

The Impact of Arts  Education in WorkforceRepatriation

In St. Louis, Missouri and the  Metro-East Area

The Black Rep  Education Department:  

  • Has provided platforms for theatre, dance and other creative expressions from the African American perspective that heighten the social and cultural awareness of its audiences.  
  • Presented more than 50 touring performances and workshops this year.
  •  More than 12,500 students, grades k-12 and community groups experience the magic of live professional  theatre through The Black Rep’s touring productions and workshops.  
  • This season 13,000 middle and high school students from across the region attended weekday, stu-dent matinee performances of The Black Rep’s main stage produc-tions for $10 per ticket. The average ticket cost for a student to attend a mainstage production is $30 making the cost of a student matinee ticket a 66.5% discount.
  • Conducts a six- week Summer Performing Arts (SPA) program for children ages 8-17. The average student enrollment is 20 per year.  98% of the students need some financial assistance and 60% need total assistance.


Be a Hero

Support The Put A Child In A Seat Fundraising Campaign

or Make your check out to THE BLACK REP 


Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities at The Black Rep.  As a volunteer, you get a chance to meet and mingle with the theatre going public and the talented local and out of town cast members of this season’s productions.  For college-bound or current college students, this is an excellent and fun way to earn community service hours while enjoying excellent live productions.

Volunteers are needed to serve as ushers, manage concessions, provide hospitality to visiting artists, and support administrative and technical functions.

Thank you again for your time and talent.  It is your contribution as a volunteer that allows us to remain the largest professional African-American theatre company in the country.

Washington University's New Parking Policiy



Here are the highlights of the policy:

·         During the week Mon-Fri 7am-5pm all visitor parking will be in the DUC Garage.  Currently, visitor parking is $9/day.  There is not an hourly parking option until the new pay machines are installed after January 1.  There are no parking meters in front of Edison Theatre.

·         Mon-Fri after 5pm and all day Saturday and Sunday, visitors may park in any Zone 2 area and in the DUC Garage for free.  The attached map shows the Zone 2 areas around                     Edison Theatre.

·         There is no parking in the Red Zones ever.  They are enforced 24/7.

·         If you arrive on campus before 5pm Mon-Fri, you will have to park in the DUC Garage and it will cost $9 – even if you park for 15 minutes.  Plan your arrival time to be 5pm or later.

·         For student matinee performances, if you are arriving by car you can only park in the DUC Garage and that it will cost $9. 

          If you are handicapped, you can no longer use the spaces in front of Mallinckrodt.  Handcapped patrons will need to be dropped off and the car can be parked in the garager more information on volunteering at The Black Rep contact Cheryl Beal, Volunteer Coordinator, 314-534-3810.

Parking Map:




Your Financial Gift of Support is TAX DEDUCTIBLE!

Individual Giving

Gifts from individuals support The Black Rep Annual Fund that provides unrestricted support for the company’s operation. To make your gift today, click on the “Donate” button. 


Supporting The Black Rep has its privileges. Here is a complete list of The Black Rep giving levels.

The Black Rep Legacy Partnership – Levels & Benefits

Producer – Gifts of $2,500 or more to annual fund.

• Receive VIP invitations to all Black Rep parties & events.
• Exclusive Invitations to Producer level-only events including “Meet the Artist” gatherings and behind-the-scenes tours.
• Exclusive Producer listing in all Black Rep main stage programs and at
• Plus all of the following…

Director – ($1,000 – $2,499)

• Special Invitation to The Black Rep’s Leadership Donors event.
• Four gift passes to a main stage preview performance.
• Director level listing in all Black Rep main stage programs and on
• Plus all of the following…

Star ($500 – $999)

• Star level listing in all Black Rep main stage programs and on
• Special Invitation to a main stage technical rehearsal and donor reception event.
• Plus all of the following…

The Black Rep Cast & Crew – Levels & Benefits

Stage Manager ($250 – $499)

• Stage Manager level listing in all Black Rep main stage programs and on
• Two gift passes to a main stage preview performance.
• Plus all of the following…

Ensemble ($100 – $249)

• Ensemble level listing in The Black Rep’s main stage production program
• Advance notice for Black Rep special events.
• Plus the following…

Stage Hand ($50 – $99)

• Stage Hand level listing in The Black Rep’s main stage production program.
• Invitation to the annual Black Rep Cast & Crew -only Theatre Party.

Fan (up to $49)

• Listing in a Black Rep main stage production program






What Is The Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild?

The Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild is an initiative that fulfills Attorney Frankie Muse Freeman’s wish that the St. Louis Black Repertory Company (The Black Rep) be supported at the highest levels of the community. She wants  to ensure the viability of  one of the remaining black theatres  in the nation. Through all of her work, Ms. Muse Freeman reminds us that we must never forget the struggles of Black people and must ALL work together to overcome them; no matter if we are working for civil rights, education or the arts.

Attorney Frankie Muse Freeman challenges us all to be sustaining supporters of The Black Rep as it continues to bring the magic of live theatre to everyone by Entertaining Diverse Audiences, Educating Promising Youth, Enriching Our Community and preserving the rich history of African American Culture.

Gifts of $1000 or more are recognized with membership in the Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild. For more information on the benefits of membership, please visit or contact Heather Beal at The Black Rep, (314) 534-3807.

How the Giving Guild works

The Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild recognizes generous donors who make Annual Fund gifts to The Black Rep of $1,000 or more. The Annual Fund strengthens The Black Rep’s position in the community as a necessary African American cultural institution for the arts. Gifts may be made with check, credit card (including secure online giving at

For more information about the Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild and its benefits or recurring payments by credit card, please call The Black Rep at (314) 534-3807 or visit online at .

Annual Membership Levels:

The Muse $10,000 or more
Producer $5,000 - $9,999
Director $2,500 - $4,999
Star $1,500 - $2,499
Performer $1,000 - $1,499

Download the Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild brochure here: Frankie Muse Freeman Giving Guild