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Resolution RS2020-259

A resolution recognizing Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 35th Anniversary Season.

WHEREAS, this year Nashville Repertory Theatre is celebrating its 35th season of musicals, new plays, and reimagined classics; and

WHEREAS, Nashville Repertory Theatre was originally known as Tennessee Repertory Theatre and was founded in 1985 by Martha Rivers Ingram and Mac Pirkle. The theatre was charged with creating locally based theatrical productions for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where it has been in residence for 35 years; and

WHEREAS, in 1994, Tennessee Repertory Theatre produced its first national tour of the Broadway musical “Jelly’s Last Jam”; and

WHEREAS, in 2010, Tennessee Repertory Theatre launched the Ingram New Works Festival, a new play development program that went on to foster the creation of over 60 new American plays which have enjoyed subsequent productions across the country; and

WHEREAS, in 2012, the first play created at the Ingram New Works Festival, “The Columnist” by David Auburn, opened on Broadway; and

WHEREAS, in 2014, Tennessee Repertory Theatre changed its name to Nashville Repertory Theatre to reflect its commitment to local artists, audiences, and to reflect the enhancement of Nashville’s quality of life; and

WHEREAS, in 2019, Nashville Repertory Theatre launched the Nashville Rep Conservatory, a series of programs created to engage young actors, musicians, and playwrights from ages seven through college-age; and

WHEREAS, Nashville Repertory Theatre is celebrating its 35th Anniversary Season with the musical Mary Poppins, the company’s largest show in over a decade; and

WHEREAS, every year, Nashville Repertory Theatre engages over 22,000 audience members from Nashville and the Metro area through its mainstage productions, educational programs, and special events, and is the leading employer of locally based theatrical artists in middle Tennessee; and

WHEREAS, Nashville Repertory Theatre is a place for everyone, and is committed to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive organization and community; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council recognizes and celebrates Nashville Repertory Theatre’s 35th season.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing Nashville Repertory Theater’s 35th Anniversary Season.

Section 2. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.


Kathleen Murphy, Russ Bradford

Legislative History

Referred toParks, Library, and Arts Committee

IntroducedMarch 17, 2020

Deferred to April 7, 2020March 17, 2020

Deferred to May 19, 2020April 7, 2020

AdoptedMay 19, 2020

ApprovedMay 20, 2020

ByMayor Cooper's signature

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