Carrie Kasten Smith, Assistant Production Manager & Internship Coordinator, shares Orlando Repertory Theatre’s history:
Orlando Repertory Theatre has a rich history dating back to 1926 when the Orlando Little Theatre, part of the City of Orlando’s Recreation Department, performed its first show. As we’ve grown over the years, The REP has been known as the Orlando Players (1955), the Central Florida Civic Theatre (1968), and The Civic Theatre of Central Florida (1986). In the year 2000, the University of Central Florida Theatre Program merged with the Civic Theatre of Central Florida and created the Orlando Repertory Theatre.
A changing name was not the only thing developing over the years. Through community support and fundraising, a theatre building with two performance spaces was built in Loch Haven Park, a cultural destination just north of downtown Orlando, in 1973. Ever-expanding programs required additional space, and a rehearsal hall, offices, dressing rooms and workshop areas have been built over the years. A third performance space was added in 1990 which provided for the growth and enhancement of all our existing programs with the theatre now offering black box, proscenium and thrust stages.
In October 2003, The REP marked the historical opening of a six-show performance series for family audiences, and continues to offer a mainstage season, award winning camps and classes, community outreach, performance opportunities for young artists, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre for Young Audiences. In the past ten seasons, The REP has produced over 2,750 performances of over 70 titles as part of our professional season, reaching an estimated 520,000 individuals. A bevy of other Youth Academy activities, outreach activities, festivals, and presentations have reached another estimated 400,000. Already unique in Florida and the southern region, the Orlando Repertory Theatre strives to become a theatre of national and international prominence.
What’s it like to work at The REP?
Carrie: An internship at The REP provides an opportunity to work and learn in a professional environment. Our interns are an extremely important asset in maintaining The REP’s presence as a leader in the industry. The REP staff strives to create a comfortable atmosphere for growing and learning while interns hone professional skills and build their portfolio under our wing. Interns at The REP not only get a one-of-a-kind experience from a professional staff; they also have unique access to industry professionals from Disney, Universal, and other leading organizations through networking and career counseling workshops. Interns also benefit from complimentary tickets to REP productions during their stay.
What’s a fun fact about The REP?
Carrie: The REP is Orlando’s only full time, professional, nonprofit theatre for young audiences.