Theatre Memphis is a community theatre whose mission is "to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the live of our audiences, participants and community".
A not-for-profit 501(c) 3 organization, the idea and organization of a theater in Memphis was originated in 1920 with the first production in 1921 and the charter in corporation signed on January 17, 1922, for The Little Theatre Players Association of Memphis, Tennessee. The stated purpose was that of "producing plays,encouraging the art and writing of plays, and the uplift of the drama and its allied arts...."
As a subscription-based community theater, we have two performance venues in which we perform up to twelve scheduled productions each season (seasons run historically August - June). The Lohrey Stage is a 400+ seat proscenium stage and The Next Stage is an up to 100 seat black box theatre. Both spaces are enabled with state-of-the-art sound and lighting instruments and equipment.
As a community theater, all of our casts and crews are volunteers as are many of the "front of house" and "back of house" workers who do everything from ushering to construction of our sets and costumes (up to 750 volunteers annually). With an open door policy, we hold open auditions that are publicly advertised and our Outreach and Education Department will from time to time, conduct classes for the public ... many times geared toward an upcoming production. This department also is heavily involved in the community with mentor and residency programs that serve children that are typically underserved in the arts.