We pursue our mission by focusing our efforts around these principals:
1) We produce intimately staged productions rooted in top-notch acting, and driven by the dynamic relationship forged between live performers and a live audience in a community space.
2) We value quality over quantity, pouring more resources into fewer productions, and giving our creative teams the time and space they need to create the very best experiences they can for themselves and for our patrons.
3) We endeavor to create world-class art and participate in national and international dialogues, while remaining true to our neighborhood, its people, and its community values.
4) We curate a wide range of theatrical genres, including classical, contemporary, and brand new plays, as well as musicals.
5) We cultivate creative teams and audiences that are diverse in age, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, and other demographics.
6) We teach ourselves new skills and seek to innovate every aspect of our industry.
7) We hold ourselves to the highest standards of professionalism and learn from our mistakes.
8) We create joy, culture and community through the event of live theatre.
Bridge Rep was founded in 2012 by a group of six theatre artists, all under the age 30 at the time. We called ourselves Founding Artistic Associates, and committed ourselves to creating intimately staged productions from a variety of genres, all rooted in the captivating connection formed between live actors and live audiences.
Other chief values were the creation of job opportunities for early-to-mid career artists, the inclusion of underrepresented populations in our creative teams, and the cultivation of an audience diverse in age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
As the first years passed, our core team evolved, and we exchanged the term Founding Artistic Associates for Playmakers, a title we devised in response to the common conception of an organization’s “staff” -- the key difference being that our Playmakers, including our Producing Artistic Director, have not yet been able to take a single dollar in salary, and in fact have continued to work full time day jobs, as we’ve poured every single dollar we raise into supporting our creative teams and the work you see on stage.
Now in Year Five and having begun our groundbreaking residency at the Multicultural Arts Center, we’ll continue innovating, putting our nose to the grindstone, and prioritizing quality over quantity in all we do, with an increased focus on organizational development and artistic rigor. We implore you to take part in these exciting months ahead, as we endeavor to make the leap from a promising nonprofit start-up with big goals and big values to an integral, community-oriented cultural institution with staying power. Thank you!
ABOVE. A look at how we transformed a rehearsal hall into an immersive theatrical space for our production of Hello Again.