Theatre Raleigh


Theatre Raleigh’s August Osage County (2012)

Who we are

Theatre Raleigh is professional, non-profit theatre company based out of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.

It grew out of the original “Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy” Series, begun in 2005 by K.D. Kennedy Jr. and his son, Michael Kennedy. The series operated out of the K.D. and Sara Lynn Kennedy Theatre, a 133-seat black box space around the back of the Duke Energy Center performing arts complex. 

In 2009, Lauren Kennedy Brady took over the series from her father and brother, building it into a year-round professional company that she renamed Theatre Raleigh. The organization officially incorporated as a nonprofit in 2013.

Under Kennedy-Brady’s leadership, Theatre Raleigh has grown into one of the top theatre destinations in the Triangle, employing both local professionals and Broadway veterans. The company still continues its beloved Summer Series, but has expanded its programming to include a Family Series, a new works initiative, various concert events, and a number of educational components.

What we do

The mission of Theatre Raleigh is to produce intimate, professional live theatre that enhances the cultural vitality of our community.

Our work centers around creating high quality theatrical experiences that resonate with our audiences. We are committed to building a community of artists and arts-supporters here in the Triangle, to championing the development of new works, and to cultivating the next generation of theatre audiences through ongoing opportunities for learning and engagement.

Where we're headed

Our goal is to play a leading role in Raleigh’s development as a regional arts hub.

We take our responsibility to our community seriously, and aim to create strategies for growth that reflect the history, diversity, and unique potential of this city we are privileged to call home.

Want to see where we've been?

Take a look at some of our past productions!