Our Company

PlayMakers Repertory Company is the professional theatre in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. What is a resident theatre company? We’re glad you asked. It means we have a permanent company of actors who take part in all or most of our shows over the course of the year.

“one of America’s leading theatre companies” – American Theatre

We consider our acting company to be the greatest asset to PlayMakers. Having a resident company creates a sense of continuity and comradery that is unique to the repertory model. It means our company members don’t have to worry about their next show before they’ve even finished with their current one, it means our directors don’t have to start from scratch every time, but can build up a rapport with our company members, and it means the familial bonds formed during the production of a show don’t have to come to an end when the show closes. We see each other every day, all year long.

“Best Live Theater Company in the Triangle” – The Independent Weekly

We are a professional theatre company, but we are proud of our close relationship with the University’s College of Arts and Sciences. The six professional actors in our resident company work closely with the Professional Actor Training Program at the Department of Dramatic Arts to prepare graduate students with the skills necessary to pursue a career in the theatre. Each year, new graduate students become a part of our acting company for the duration of their education, bringing the total number of resident company members to nineteen.

“What ‘professional theatre’ truly means” – The News & Observer

It’s not just actors who benefit from this relationship to the university. All of our professional theatre technicians are also faculty members in the Department of Dramatic Arts. Being in residence at the University gives us the luxury of being a professional company of actors and technicians training future professionals by challenging them with the professional standards at PlayMakers. Frequently, we’ll bring in actors, directors, or technicians from out of town to fill out the ranks. This ensures that each production is as vital as can be, and also gives our graduate students experience with a variety of the best the industry has to offer.

North Carolina gets a premier professional theatre company, PlayMakers gets to make use of production facilities at the University, and graduate students become eminently skilled professionals. Join us as we perform to transform your world.

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Feb 24 2017

Shakespeare, Slim Aarons Style

TWELFTH NIGHT was written over 400 years ago, making it sometimes difficult for modern audiences to connect to his comedy. One way that director Jerry Ruiz decided to overcome this was by setting it in a mid-20th century Mediterranean resort, complete with rich socialites and their first world problems—like a butler who’s gotten too big for his britches. In the case of making Shakespeare accessible, specificity is key.

Feb 20 2017

PlayMakers Dramaturg Receives Junior Faculty Award

Playwright and PlayMakers dramaturg Jacqueline E. Lawton has recently received the Junior Faculty Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in for her work Among These Wild Things, a piece set to address the ethical and moral dilemmas a couple faces when they learn that any children they bring into the world may have a terminal genetic disorder.

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PlayMakers Repertory Company Presents “My Fair Lady”

The most “loverly” musical of them all comes to Chapel Hill Who: PlayMakers Repertory Company What: Mainstage production of “My Fair Lady” by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, directed by Tyne Rafaeli When: April 5 to 29, 2017; Opening Night & Press Opening Saturday, April 8 Where: Paul Green Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art,… Read more »

UNC Process Series Presents “Count” by Lynden Harris and Hidden Voices

(Chapel Hill, NC, February 23, 2017) The UNC Process Series, in association with the Department of Communication, presents Count, a look into the lives of six men on death row and their personal inheritances of violence, racism, mental illness, poverty—and sometimes surprising love. Friday March 3 and Saturday March 4 at 8:00pm, Swain Hall, Studio… Read more »

PlayMakers Repertory Company Announces 2017/2018 Season

New season brings two regional premieres by UNC alumni, the return of the rotating repertory, and a holiday treat for the whole family (Chapel Hill, NC, February 16, 2017) A playful, irreverent take on Jane Austen, a dizzy, dysfunctional family reunion, two topically charged premieres by UNC-Chapel Hill alumni, and the return of the popular… Read more »

PlayMakers Repertory Company Member Receives Junior Faculty Award

Jacqueline Lawton to Develop a Play Exploring Bio-Ethics (Chapel Hill, NC, February 10, 2017) PlayMakers Repertory Company is proud to announce that its own dramaturg and playwright-in-residence, Jacqueline Lawton, has received a Junior Faculty Award from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This award was given to help fund the research, writing and… Read more »

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