Following a prestigious operatic, performing and production career, Founder and Artistic Director Mary Gould formed the not-for-profit, Marigold Arts Development in 2000 with the mission to provide performing opportunities for aspiring Charleston artists.
Finding home in downtown Park Circle, South of Broadway Theater Company opened its doors in 2004, where, as the first Performing Arts organization in North Charleston, it became a destination for local youth seeking performance experience. In 2009, following the urban streetscape renewal project in the now trendy Park Circle, SOBTC initiated the professional theatre arm for executing Mary’s mission to bridge the gap between community theatre and international tours by establishing a permanent professional resident theatre in Charleston.
During its tenure, SOBTC has been hailed by The New York Times as: “A mainstay of the South Carolina Theatre Scene”. In 2016, the prestigious American Theatre Wing, creator and driving force behind the Tony Awards, bestowed our theatre with one of only 12 grants distributed to acclaimed production companies across the country.
Over the years, SOBTC has enjoyed the profound rewards of cultivating talent and polishing skills through educational programs, workshops and community collaborations, such as Summer in NYC where 130 graduates and counting have experienced a month-long artistic residency where participants reside at The Julliard School in New York City.
Whether it is nourishing the love for stage lights in young artists, or fine tuning the craft of professional actors who will go on to become Broadway stars, igniting passion for the arts is the fuel for our fire.
Nowhere near the final curtain, SOBTC is elated to take on its most ambitious season to date showcasing locally sourced and nationally acclaimed talent, collaborating with the best of the best in the performing arts community, tirelessly developing our youth programs, and continuing to transcend human experience through theatre.
South of Broadway Theatre Company is on a mission to maintain the highest standard of professionalism in our art by delivering a dynamic program, fostering a diverse community of local artists, and providing sustainable education to the greater Charleston area.
Determined to be a destination for patrons, performances and artists from across the globe, SOBTC’s vision is to become a pillar of international theatre and incubator for Broadway-bound shows.
Beyond producing prime performances, SOBTC will expand our performing arts outreach and support programs that cultivate a passion for and commitment to the arts well outside our theatre walls. Partnering with fellow performing arts organizations and community influencers, we will provide education and opportunities for budding artists to train, learn and perform.
In 2019, SOBTC will expand into two sister entities, South of Broadway Theatre Company and South of Broadway Productions resting on the established foundation of the South of Broadway brand. South of Broadway Theatre Company will continue with the founding mission to providing the highest caliber theatre that will put Charleston on the map as an international performing arts destination. South of Broadway Productions will take the mission outside our walls focusing on collaboration and community outreach to cultivating performance opportunities and a passion for the arts across the greater Charleston area.
Will you join us in elevating experience through theatre and performing arts?
A note from the Founding Artistic Director
“Our dream to launch new shows headed for The Great White Way is going LIVE!”
Those are words I have waited nearly twenty years to say, and on January 11th and 12th at The Charleston Music Hall, South of Broadway Theatre Company and NYC Production Company, Patton Daye Slater Productions present Love and Southern D!scomfort: A world premier which is being groomed for a New York City run. In this new dramatic musical, mystery and good old-fashioned family drama collide as Tony Award Nominee Felicia P. Fields from The Color Purple and Dreamgirls, takes the stage surrounded by some of Charleston’s finest singing actors. Consummate story telling blends the lush backdrop of rural Louisiana with unbridled jealousy, joy, and pain, and weaves a riveting tale about an old-money family torn apart by addiction, mental illness, and a secret better left untold...
And as if that’s not enough:
SOBTC and The Citadel Fine Arts Department have proudly announced a partnership dedicated to providing a series of events, community activities and performances to support and expand each organization’s core values and objectives. On November 3, 2019, we kick off our collaboration, and SOBTC’s new season, with a launch party at The Citadel’s Holliday Alumni Center before turning attention to a full-stage production of Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues in March 2020 at The Citadel’s Buyer Auditorium.
Meanwhile, our home base in trendy, bustling Park Circle is busier than ever: Our youth shows, Acting and Singing Classes, and our annual Park Circle Play Fest all continue in residence here. Other programming includes “Matinee’s and Mimosas” presented by Fifth Wall Productions, Stand-Up Comedy by “Upscale Firesale”, and “Chucktown Comedy Supreme” featuring, Stand-up, Sketch, Improv and Music. Stay tuned as we explore more and diverse programming opportunities which will foster local artists and arts organizations and nourish this thriving, creative community which is Park Circle!
Meet the movers and shakers who make magic happen at SOBTC!