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About First Run Theatre

Core Purpose:

To provide a vehicle for regional playwrights to produce original, unpublished, never-produced works

Core Values:

  • Professionalism
  • Artistic integrity
  • Freedom of expression
  • Education, training, and development
  • Community involvement
  • Diversity of talent -- Racial, Religious, Nationality, Gender, Ethnicity, Age, Disability


To become a premiere theatrical venue that will expand and grow into a nationally and internationally recognized institution


  • Identify worthy plays through annual competitions
  • Stage high quality productions in a state-of-the-art venue
  • Raise funds through grants and gifts, benefit performances, other means
  • Encourage the community to support playwrights
  • Encourage the community to support local theatrical companies in addition to First Run Theatre

Why A Try-Out Theatre?

Judith Newmark, Theatre Critic for the St. Louis Post Dispatch says:

"If you're hunting for a theater that accepts inquiries only from St. Louis area writers, or that notes a special interest in Missouri-Illinois authors...look, let's put it this way: [Until now] you're not going to [find it in St. Louis]. Now, however, a new organization hopes to change the situation. First Run Theatre...solicit[s] new plays by St. Louis area writers with the intention of producing two of them [in 2003], more in years ahead."

Mayor Diehlman of Creve Coeur says:

"First Run Theatre represents the kind of performing arts activities which can truly enrich our community. I am pleased to be involved with First Run Theatre and encourage others to fully support this outstanding theatre group."

Phyllis Young, Alderman - 7th Ward says:

"Such a theatre would be welcomed in the St. Louis region...a good addition...that could draw visitors from throughout the metropolitan area."

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5215 Winona Ave, St. Louis, MO 63109

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Creve Coeur-Olivette Chamber of Commerce

American Association of Community Theatre

Funded in part by:
Missouri Arts Council


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