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Spectrum Festival Auditions

First Run Theatre presents its Spectrum Festival of Short Plays on September 24- 26 & October 1-3, 2021.  The show comprises 8 new plays, each about 10 minutes in length, by playwrights from the Midwest.  We are holding open auditions for the cast of 7 actors each of whom will be in 2 to 4 plays. 

Actors needed:2 Female 20/30s, 1 Female 50s, 1 Female 70s, 2 Males 20s, 1 Male 30s.  We are actively seeking a diverse cast.

For more details and booking an appointment: AUDITIONS

First Run Theatre is in search of a new Artistic Director

Our current Artistic Director (AD) is leaving the role for personal reasons at the end of September.  So, we are looking to find a replacement.  This is an unpaid position but the AD will receive payment if undertaking a paid position, e.g. production director, actor. 

The main duties of the role are: 

  • Active participation in the play selection process
  • Personally direct or find directors for our productions (Spectrum Festival of short plays (March/April) & 2 mainstage productions in August and November
  • Monitor all productions to ensure compliance with budgets, FRT policies and quality standards
  • Serve as an active member of the Board of Directors.

 Please submit your resume to firstruntheatre@gmail.com.   

Look Into My Eyes opens August 13th.

We are delighted to announce that our new mainstage production opens August 13th at the Kranzberg Black Box 501 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis MO 63103. Tickets will be on sale soon. We look forward to welcoming you back to live theater.

New plays chosen for November production

Congratulations to J.E. Robinson and Ron Asher for having your plays selected. We know our audiences will be in for a great night of entertainment when they come to see these productions!

And a huge thank you all to everyone who attended our Virtual Reading Festival. Your feedback helped us make the decision of which show(s) we would be producing at the Kranzberg in November.

2021 Season Dates (Revised)


First Place: Congratulations to the First-Place winners of our 5-minute play contest, Jared Goudsmit & Olivia Squires with their submission “Potluck”!

2nd Place Winner: “Rounds” written by Cris Eli Blak.

3rd Place Winner: “Tabby’s Plague Diary” by Rex McGregor. Performed by Kira Hoag.

Honorable mentions: “For the Record” written by Clint Festa and acted, directed, and produced by Carl J Grasso and “Selkie” written by Donna Latham

frt announces $5000 matching donation program

Help us to continue to produce new plays in St. Louis by making a donation to our 2021 Season fundraising appeal. The board of FRT has committed to matching any donation up to a maximum of $5000 in total. Click here to go to our donations page.

New season, new homes, and a new website

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic we have had to cancel our 2020 season. After a nomadic period, moving from space to space, we now have a home for our mainstage productions, the Black Box at the Kranzberg Arts Centre. This is an exciting time for us as we relaunch the company after a period of uncertainty and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

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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