The League of Charleston Theatres is an alliance of theatre organizations created to support, advocate and promote Charleston’s theatre industry both locally and nationally. The mission of the League is to promote awareness and visibility for live theatre in the Charleston area, and provide services that strengthen the operations of both the member theatres and performing arts organizations in general. The League will serve as a forum for its members to address common concerns and as a vehicle for collective action.
The League of Charleston Theatres was formed in the summer of 2005 by five leading local theatres after a joint trip to Chicago funded by the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. In Chicago, these theatres saw first hand how The League of Chicago Theatres had helped and continues to help give Chicago the reputation it has today as one of the top theatre producing cities in the world. The "Chicago Five" came back with a new perspective on how to promote Charleston's own vibrant theatre scene both locally and nationally and foster communication between producing companies. After a year of planning and the acceptance of a generous grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The League of Charleston Theatres has publicly become Theatre Charleston.
The League of Charleston Theatres extends tremendous gratitude to the following organizations and funders:
This project is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission
which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.