Palm Beach Dramaworks has experienced rapid and sustained growth since it presented its first play on December 22, 2000, with a play titled, rather fittingly, Greetings! Fifteen-plus years later, the company operates year-round in the beautiful, 218-seat Don & Ann Brown Theatre, which it owns. Five plays are presented between October and June on the main stage, and many performances sell out. Students are invited to special free matinee performances, and for a majority of these youngsters, it's their first time experiencing live theatre. Other programs include Dramalogue, a series that explores all aspects of theatre, in conversations with or about the industry's top professionals and master artists; The Dramaworkshop, a lab for developing new plays; Knowledge & Nibbles, a luncheon at a local restaurant followed by an intimate talk with the director, actors, and designer of the company's current productions; and talk backs following select performances. There is also special programming in the summer.
"Our vision is to enhance the quality of life through the transformative power of live theatre," said Hayes. "So we are always considering new programs and new ideas to attract a wider and diverse audience.
We have come a long way since we first opened our doors, but we believe there is a lot more work to be done."
Palm Beach Dramaworks is a non-profit, professional theatre and is a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the South Florida Theatre League, Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.