Who We Are

Utah Repertory Theater Company

Adventuresome shows with powerful messages. An illuminating new voice.

The mission of Utah Repertory Theater Company is to produce entertaining, adventuresome and illuminating premieres of dramas and musicals along with neglected shows that area theatergoers aren’t otherwise able to see in Utah.

Founders of Utah Rep knew that the state didn’t need another theater company. But Utah did need a unique new voice, with Broadway sensibility and ingenuity. A semi-professional company, Utah Rep produces theater to give local actors, directors, choreographers, musicians and designers the opportunity to stretch and strengthen their resumes in projects outside the norm of other area theater companies. The objective is to assemble singularly passionate theater collaborators, attract the state’s most recognized talents and draw upon promising university students.

Artistic Director Johnny Hebda founded the company with these objectives in mind. When the group was formulated, a talented board of experienced theater enthusiasts joined him with the same dedication to follow his initial vision to create Utah Rep.

As a not-for-profit theater, Utah Rep relies on the support of patrons and allies of the performing arts. Your support makes it possible for the company to produce exceptional theater — productions that are entertaining, adventuresome and illuminating.

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Company History, 2012-2017

With the opening of The Bridges of Madison County in December 2017, Utah Repertory Theater Company celebrates the final production of its five successful seasons following its inception on December 12, 2012. And there is a bright future on the horizon.

Plans for the 2018 season include the first regional premiere of American Psycho, by Duncan Sheik, the Tony- and Grammy-winning composer of Spring Awakening; a regional premiere, two first-in-stage stagings; and two original productions.
The company’s rich history of engaging adventurous theatergoers includes twenty-seven productions—fourteen regional premieres, one first-in-state staging, four neglected classics, five classics and three original productions.

As “the area’s only company to solely focus on premieres and neglected shows” (according to the national BroadwayWorld website), Utah Rep is proud of its many “firsts” and “onlys.”

Utah Rep is the state’s only company to make theatergoing affordable with Pay As You May ticketing—since its first production. The only Utah company of its size to employ live musicians for each musical, including Rogers and Hammerstein’s overlooked masterpiece, Carousel (with a 25-piece orchestra)—since its first production.

Utah Rep has been recognized as Best Theater Company of the Year from BroadwayWorld. The company has received City Weekly Best of Utah honors and BroadwayWorld Regional Awards. Bare and [title of show] received City Weekly Arty Awards for Best of State productions. The company’s productions of Rent and Doubt and regional premieres of Bare, Carrie and Doubt were honored as Best of Year by Utah Theatre Bloggers.

For Bonnie & Clyde, the show’s lead actors and director were able to meet personally with Composer Frank Wildhorn during preproduction. And a member of the original Broadway cast, Talon Ackerman, who created the role of Young Clyde on Broadway, attended a performance and joined the cast and audience members for a talkback. For their lead performances in Bonnie & Clyde, Madeline Weinberger and Johnny Hebda received BroadwayWorld Regional Best Musical Actors Awards, and Emilee Starr and JayC Stoddard were honored with a City Weekly Arty Award in Grace.

Utah Rep hosted the Tony-nominated [title of show] book writer, Hunter Bell, for opening weekend celebrations and invited theater students and theater­goers to his popular Die, Vampire, Die! workshop. Adam Gwon, the composer-author
of Ordinary Days, was also a guest on opening night, marking production 100 of his musical. Ordinary Days was nominated for two City Weekly Arty Awards: Best Production and Best Actress, Brighton Hertford.

Bare was honored with numerous awards, including BroadwayWorld Regional Awards for Brock Dalgleish as Best Actor, Johnny Hebda as Best Director and Best Musical. Additionally, Bare received awards from City Weekly and Utah Theatre Bloggers. Amadeus was recognized as BroadwayWorld’s Regional Best Play and Roger Dunbar named Best Actor for his performance as Antonio Salieri. BroadwayWorld selected A Little Night Music as one of its top five 2016 Utah productions. Kiss of the Spider Woman was honored with a City Weekly Best of Utah Award.

Utah Rep also participated in Great Salt Lake Fringe Festivals, producing three original works: Round2 by JayC Stoddard and Exposure by Natalia Noble and JayC Stoddard; and Punxsutawney by L.L. West. Exposure received the Audience Choice Award.
In its review for the company’s first production, the regional premiere of Side Show, BroadwayWorld proclaimed Utah Rep to be “Utah’s most exciting up-and-coming theater company.”

The company’s mission is to produce entertaining, adventuresome and illuminating premieres of dramas and musicals along with neglected shows that area theatergoers oftentimes may not be able to enjoy.

Utah Rep extends gratitude to its nearly 600 company members—including those who have helmed its productions, who will be recognized at the final performance of The Bridges of Madison County:
Directors: Jason Bowcutt (2 productions), JC Carter (3), Emilio Casillas, Adam Cannon, Chris Clark, Bobby Cody, Mark Fossen, William Cooper Howell, David Josh Patterson, Ashley Ramsey, Chase Ramsey (4), JayC Stoddard, John Sweeney, L.L. West (2) and Johnny Hebda (7);
Dhoreographers: Ashley Gardner Carlson (4), Michael Hernandez (2), William Cooper Howell (3) and Ashley Ramsey (2);
Music directors: Justin Bills, Kevin Mathie, Jeanne McGuire (2), Anjanette Mickelsen, Anne Puzey (6), Rick Rea (2) and Melissa Thorne.

The company’s full history of productions:
August: Osage County, Bare, Blackbird, Bonnie & Clyde, Carrie, Grace, Heathers, i love you because, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Ordinary Days, The Other Place, Side Show, [title of show] and What the Bellhop Saw (Regional Premieres);
The Bridges of Madison County (First-in-State Production);
Carousel, Doubt, A Little Night Music and Rabbit Hole (Neglected Classics);
Amadeus, Cabaret, The Last 5 Years, Love Letters and Rent (Classics);
Exposure, Punxsutawney and Round2 (Original Productions).

Utah Rep is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, making contributions tax-deductible.