At Virginia Rep Center
114 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220
Box Office (804) 282-2620
Administrative Office (804) 783-1688
Seating capacity: 80
Theatre Gym began in 1991 as an indie initiative of Theatre IV. Through our Theatre Gym program, independent theatre artists were given the opportunity to produce edgy work of their own choosing for adult audiences. Theatre IV provided free-of-charge use of the Little Theatre, box office services, and access to our set, costume and prop inventories. One hundred percent of ticket revenues went to the independent producer, and artists were paid a percentage of those revenues rather than a set fee.
Theatre Gym productions included My Children! My Africa! by Athol Fugard, The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh, Jails, Hospitals and Hip Hop by Danny Hoch, Oleanna by David Mamet, How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel, The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien, Topdog/Underdog by Suzan-Lori Parks, Rules of the Lake by Irene Ziegler, Boom Town by Jeff Daniels, SubUrbia by Eric Bogosian, Jesus Hopped the A Train by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Abundance by Beth Henley, and many others.
One of our 1990s Theatre Gym productions was A Devil Inside, an early work by then novice playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Anna Senechal in her pre-Johnson years. Anna was and is friends with Lindsay-Abaire's wife, Chris, and Theatre IV's Theatre Gym was one of the first companies in the nation to produce his work. Twenty years later, Lindsay-Abaire would win the Pulitzer for Rabbit Hole. In 2012 Anna Senechal Johnson directed another of his plays, Kimberly Akimbo, in partnership with Virginia Rep.
There are two major changes in Theatre Gym now vs. Theatre Gym then.
- It used to be that the initiative was named Theatre Gym, but the performance facility was named the Little Theatre. Now, both the initiative and the facility are named Theatre Gym.
- It used to be that each Theatre Gym production was co-produced by a different independent producer. Since 2011-12 all Theatre Gym productions have been produced by Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Rep.
Virginia Rep still provides the performance venue, box office services, and access to set/costume/prop inventories free of charge. We also provide limited PR and lots of producing advice. All ticket revenues are still used to pay the artists involved with the production.
Please join us for a Theatre Gym performance.
All of our venues are wheelchair accessible. You can purchase wheelchair seating online or via the box office.