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The Bijou Theatre Center, Inc. is a non-profit organization. The Bijou is Knoxville’s oldest business building, dating to 1813 as a tavern and to the 1830’s as “the grandest hotel in the South.” The theatre itself opened in 1909 with George M. Cohan’s Little Johnny Jones. The Bijou is Tennessee’s oldest theatre and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Carpet Bag Theatre, Inc.
The Carpet Bag Theatre, Inc. (CBT) is a community based, non-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to the production of new works. CBT's Ensemble Company develops new scripts primarily through collaboration and improvisation. Founded in 1970, CBT is a corporation of writers, artists, dancers and musicians. It has had a notably good record of performances, workshops, and other activities, and is one of the few tenured African-American professional theatre companies in the South.
Children's Theatre of Knoxville
Children’s Theatre of Knoxville, Inc. (CTK) is dedicated to producing meaningful theatrical productions for children and families, providing advanced theatrical instruction for children, and serving the community through drama-related outreach programs.
Clarence Brown Theatre
The Clarence Brown Theatre Company presents a varied repertoire of plays featuring nationally and internationally known guest artists, making the Clarence Brown Theatre one of the finest theatres in the Southeastern region of the United States. The University of Tennessee is one of a select number of universities nationwide that are affiliated with a professional LORT theatre, allowing MFA candidates and undergraduates in theatre regular opportunities to work alongside professional actors while earning membership in Actors' Equity Association.
Cumberland County Playhouse
The Cumberland County Playhouse is the only major non-profit professional performing arts resource in rural Tennessee and one of the 10 largest professional theaters in rural America. It serves more than 145,000 visitors annually with two indoor and two outdoor stages, young audience productions, a comprehensive dance program, a concert series and touring shows.
Jubilee Community Arts
Jubilee Community Arts is a regional, community cultural center, dedicated to preserving and nurturing the evolving traditional arts and cultural communities of this Southern Appalachian region. For thirty years, Jubilee has served as a meeting ground for area artists and residents of diverse backgrounds, offering performance series and participatory educational programs throughout the twenty-one counties surrounding Knoxville.
The Knoxville Opera Guild hosts a pre-opera dinner before the Friday evening opening performance of each new opera. The venue for this event is the beautiful dining room of Club LeConte atop the First Tennessee Bank Building. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. opera attendees may enjoy a cocktail while socializing with friends. Following the social hour, a delicious dinner is served. Guests attending this event have sufficient time to arrive at the theatre and be seated for the 8:00 p.m. curtain. It's a fabulous beginning to a delightful evening of opera.
The Oak Ridge Playhouse
Oak Ridge Playhouse is the Southeast's oldest continually operating community theatre. Provides calendar, synopsis, show times; ticket purchase and exchange information, policies. Costume shop, audition information, information on junior playhouse, archives.
The Tennessee Theatre
The Tennessee Theatre is one of the last great movie palaces still in operation. Opening its doors on October 1, 1928, the Tennessee made kings and queens of all who entered its lavish interior. After all, the idea of the movie palace was to create a fantasy land, a place where people could forget the outside world and its troubles - at least while they were inside the castle on Gay Street.
The Tennessee Theatre is still captivating audiences with its ambiance and with the entertainment it has to offer. Besides enchanting crowds with personalities Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh on its big screen, the Tennessee hosts a variety of world-renowned entertainers throughout the year. The theatre is also home to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra and the Knoxville Opera Company.
Tennessee Stage Company
The Tennessee Stage Company is a professional theater company offering a year-round program of plays, readings, acting classes, and community outreach programs. Focus is on producing plays by Southern playwrights, but TSC is best known for its annual summer Shakespeare in the Park series, which attracts visitors from throughout the Southeast.
Tennessee Valley Players
For the last 30+ years, the players have produced such shows as “West Side Story”, “South Pacific”, “Of Thee I Sing”, “Girl Crazy”, “Babes In Toyland”, “Annie”, “Showboat”, “Nunsense”, “Lady Be Good”, “Strike Up the Band” and many others. They have performed in such venues as the Tennessee Theatre, Clarence Brown, Carousel Theatre, The Bijou, and Clayton Performing Arts Center.
Theatre Knoxville Downtown
Theatre Knoxville Downtown offers engaging and entertaining theatrical productions in an intimate space. Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville at the north end of Gay Street across from Regas Restaurant.
The Word Players
The WordPlayers is a non-profit theatre company whose mission is to impact theatre audiences and artists by telling culturally-relevant stories from a Christian worldview. With touring shows throughout East TN, MainStage shows in Knoxville theatre venues, and other programming, The WordPlayers delights in influencing and entertaining with Christ-centered art.