Durham Regional Theatre is inspired by the tradition of the “little theatre” movement in the United States, which expressed theatre’s ability to go where “Broadway” style, or commercial, theatre could not go to bring social themes and new voices to new audiences around the country. DRT is committed to professional, individual and community growth in an intentionally multi-racial, multi-ethnic and intergenerational environment.
DRT produces original theatre, traditional theatre and award-winning literature, encouraging the artistic goals of our staff (volunteer & paid,) actors, students, audiences and community partners. Of the seven plays produced by DRT in our first four years, three were original scripts (two of those were musicals.) DRT advocates the pursuit and practice of authentic creative expression and effective storytelling.
In keeping with our intergenerational mission, DRT is both an expanding company of experienced theatre artists and an arts-education hub, committed to the growth of regional theatre artists from elementary school through adults. Our active scholarship program guarantees under-resourced communities the opportunity to participate in the performing arts.