Festival Stage is a professional theatre company that began producing in 2010 in residence at the Hanesbrands Theatre in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts in downtown Winston-Salem
Festival Stage is excited to be a partner in the growing cultural landscape of the "City of the Arts and Innovation." In a community that distinguishes itself through the blend of art and science, Festival Stage's goal is to distinguish itself by helping to explore the potential of that community.
The company draws its actors, directors, designers and technicians from all over the country including the Triad. As an Actor's Equity affiliated theatre, Festival Stage artists, designers, and technicians are professionals who are compensated according to established industry standards.
Productions have included a variety of musicals, comedies, and dramas, among them such contemporary classics as Larry Shue's "The Foreigner," Alfred Uhry's "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" (Best Play Tony Award winner), and Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie." Festival Stage is also committed to developing new work. Its productions of "Hatchetman" by David Wiltse and "Lunch at the Piccadilly" by Clyde Edgerton and Mike Craver were some of those shows' first productions nationally, and the Festival Stage Visiting Playwright Series featured all the writers of the season's plays in residence for lectures and readings of new work.
Festival Stage is committed to collaborating with the growing Winston-Salem arts community. The production of Moises Kaufman's "33 Variations" (Best Play Tony Award nominee) was an extensive collaboration involving Wake Forest University Theatre, the Wake Forest music department, and the Wake Baptist Health ALS Center, winning a 2013 Arts Development Award from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County for its innovative production partnership. Festival Stage seeks opportunities to collaborate with Triad businesses, schools, and organizations, believing that live theatre is both a reflection and an outgrowth of its community.
In the inviting intimacy of the theatres at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, audiences and artists share the immediacy of performance in this comfortable new performance venue. The flexible space affords the opportunity for many actor-audience configurations. The theatre is located in the heart of Winston Salem's charismatic downtown area with easy access to parking, shops, and restaurants.
Festival Stage looks forward to playing a vital role in the city's continuing downtown redevelopment as one of the state's most progressive cities.