Stillwater Theatre is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) professional theatre company-in-residence at Meredith College. The company was formed in 2005 with a mission to create stirring, passionate, thought-provoking theatre that will engage and inspire the audience and forge new relationships with future generations of artists and audiences through outreach and volunteer programs. Stillwater strives to bring female voices, artists and perspectives to the stage. This year marks the beginning of a new direction for Stillwater—dedicated solely to producing new works, we now accept new plays for submission, offer the chosen play a staged reading experience in the spring, conduct rewrites over the summer months and give the new work a fully mounted production during the next season.
offers free dramatic readings, outreach programs and a means of access to Meredith College students for participation in a professional theatre environment.
Stillwater Theatre produces one play per year on campus, in supplement to those presented by Meredith Ensemble Theatre. The company produces
plays with professional actors, designers and directors, affording Meredith students a chance of exposure to a professional experience. Meredith students have the opportunity to audition for roles and also are able to serve in assistant design and technical positions for Stillwater Theatre.
Since 2005, the company has produced Scenes and Revelations by Elan Garonzik, Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend by Paul Elliot (First Night Raleigh), Neil Simon's The Odd Couple (female version), Elizabeth: Almost by Chance A Woman by Dario Fo (2007 Top Ten Triangle productions: Raleigh News and Observer), The Grinning Man by Alex Smith, Right Place, Right Time by Lia Romeo and a variety of staged readings. This years' production is the exciting Dark Comedy Hungry by Lia Romeo.
In May and June 2011, Stillwater produced the regional premier of "Ether Steeds" in the lush gardens of NCSU's J.C. Raulston Arboretum. The playwright, North Carolina native Jason Williamson, explores the Celtic roots of his characters, inhabitants of the N.C. Outer Banks. This was the first play to be presented in the Raulston Arborteum.
Stillwater also dabbles in the world of fiction and poetry in our collaboration with New River Dramatists as we bring new forms of storytelling to the stage. As always our staged readings are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact artistic director Steven Roten.