The Black Rep Finds New Theater Home At Harris-Stowe State University

Oct 17, 2013

After being ousted from their home at The Grandel Theatre in Grand Center, The Black Rep theater company has found a new place for its productions at Harris-Stowe State University.

(l-r) Justin Ivan Brown, Ron Himes, and Ronald L. Connor in the Black Rep's production of "The Whipping Man," which the company performed in last year's season at The Grandel Theatre. This year the company will be housed at the Emerson Performance Center on the campus of Harris-Stowe State University.
Credit Courtesy of Stewart Goldstein

The company will now hold its performances at the Emerson Performance Center on the school’s campus, which seats over 200. The Grandel Theatre was owned by Grand Center Incorporated, which sold it earlier this summer.

Ron Himes, The Black Rep’s founder and producing director, is optimistic about the opportunity to join forces with the school. “The facility is well known in the community, particularly in the African American community, it’s a historic location, and we’re expecting our audiences to fill up the theater and continue to grow and support the work that we do,” he says.

“The Black Rep can continue the work that we’ve been doing and hopefully compliment the work that the University’s been doing through the years. I think that the work that we do is consistent with the work that goes on in Grand Center and I think that people who support work in Grand Center will support the work that we do.”

The Black Rep’s 37th season will begin in December when the company performs ‘Black Nativity.’