2022 Main Stage Productions

Locked Ward

by Amy Crider Directed by Phil Gill

August 12 – 21
Bernice’s 70th Birthday

by Nancy Gall-Clayton Directed by Sean Belt

November 25 – December 4 


The Kranzberg Arts Center Black Box

501 N. Grand Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63103

Audition information for these productions here.


First Run Theatre Sponsoring

Alba Method/Alba Emoting

St. Louis Workshop

DATES: Friday, June 24 – 6:00 to 9:00

Saturday, June 25 – 11:00 to 1:00; 3:00 to 5:00

Sunday, June 26 – 1:00 to 5:00

LOCATION: Webster Hills UMC – 1333 W. Lockwood, St. Louis, MO 63122

FEE: $150

FIRST RUN THEATRE is pleased to sponsor an Alba Emoting workshop by Master Teacher Elizabeth Townsend

Alba Emoting/Alba Method is a scientific technique originally developed for actors as a means of accessing organic emotion.

Alba Emoting was developed by neuroscientist and psychologist Professor Susana Bloch as a safe, purely physical technique to release and maintain emotional states.

Alba identifies six “basic” emotions from which all other emotions are derived: Joy, Fear, Sadness, Tenderness, Anger, and Erotic Love.

Each of these basic emotions, as well as emotional neutrality, has its own unique, identifiable set of bodily responses which are universal to all humans. By reproducing three aspects of these patterns — breathing, posture, and facial expression — anyone can experience and express genuine emotion at will without the use of memory or images.

Most important, using the seventh pattern called “Step-Out,” one can leave any emotion just as easily and return to psychophysical neutrality.

Alba Method has proven to be a highly effective means for identifying one’s own emotional state as well as that of others.

It is extremely helpful for developing coping skills to respond to stress in a healthy and productive way.

Alba Method has also proven to be useful in all areas of a person’s life to enhance an overall emotional well-being.

TO REGISTER AND FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Townsend townsend.elizabethann@gmail.com

Our new homes
The Kranzberg – Mainstage Productions
The Chapel – Spectrum short play festival
and the Reading Festival

First Run Theatre is Committed to:


First Run Theatre is committed to amplifying the many and diverse voices in our theatre company and community. We will not tolerate any form of racism, oppression or any other type of discriminatory practices imposed upon any artist because of their color, creed, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or religious belief. We will continue to do our part in upholding principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Theater has an important role in creating change. We at First Run Theatre intend to play our role in listening, learning and making positive change happen.


We are committed to creating the safest environment for our audience, actors, crew and front of house staff. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have canceled the remainder of our 2020 season and any meetings, auditions etc. are set up using Zoom. We have a policy setting out how we will re-open safely when we are allowed to. Read it by clicking on the link: COVID-19 POLICY. If you do have any concerns or questions please email us at firstruntheatre@gmail.com.

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