As shared by Stages Repertory Theatre
40 years ago, Ted Swindley founded Stages Repertory Theatre in the basement of a downtown Houston brewery, with a mission to present and create innovative contemporary theatre performed by Texas-based artists.
The spirit of that mission remains true today as Stages produces a wide range of dynamic theatre experiences that advance theatre and enliven community to make a more vibrant Houston. Our commitment to nurturing emerging and Texas-based talent is still central to our work, and throughout all that we do, we strive to create personal connections between artists and audiences.
But never in our history have we truly had the resources, technology, infrastructure or facilities to fully realize our vision for both the artistic and patron experiences until now.
We are absolutely thrilled and overjoyed to share plans for Stages' new purpose-built home, The Gordy, made possible in part by a tranformational $5 million matching gift from longtime patrons Glenda and Russell Gordy.
For the past two years, we have been working on a major capital project that will create a visionary new three-theatre campus for Stages. The Gordys have pledged to match every new donation to Staging Our Future: A Transformational Campaign for Stages, dollar for dollar, up to $5 million, to help us reach our $30.5 million capital campaign goal.
In addition to the Gordy match, the Staging Our Future campaign has raised $20.1 million to date, including major commitments from The Brown Foundation, The Sterling-Turner Foundation and the Winston and Reckling families, The Wortham Foundation, and the Stages Board of Directors.
We're happy to say that the new campus will be located just south of our current Allen Parkway facility at 800 Rosine Street. No need to re-learn directions - we're just moving a block over! In fact, you've probably driven by the new site many times without even realizing it.
Designs for The Gordy maintain the intimacy that is central to the Stages experience, bringing audiences and artists closer to each other than ever before. New state-of-the-art theatre technology and production facilities will elevate the artistic experience and create new capacity for Stages and our city's theatre community.
The new facilities also will prioritize the patron experience, including ample parking, better accessibility, expanded food and beverage options, no columns around the stages, and (finally!) fully functional climate control. Groundbreaking is planned for Summer 2018, with the grand opening in the 2019-2020 Season.
We offer our deepest thanks to Honorary Campaign Chairs Isla and Thomas Reckling; Campaign Co-Chairs Sally Edmundson, George Lancaster and Jim Nicklos; Campaign Committee members Kay Brazelton Bruce, Carroll Reckling Goodman, Christiana and Luke McConn, Steven Owsley and Jane Schmitt; and to all of our early supporters who have helped make this dream a soon-to-be reality.
Most importantly, we thank YOU, our Stages family, for being with us on this journey and supporting us for 40 years, all the way from the basement to The Gordy.
Please visit www.thegordy.com to learn more about this exciting new era for Stages Repertory Theatre!