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Community Partner Nights are BACK!

The Hippodrome Supports Local Non-Profits and Increases Access to the Arts through the upcoming COMMUNITY PARTNER NIGHTS

This January, the Hippodrome Theatre is once again partnering with nine community organizations through Community Partner Nights. Community Partner nights create an opportunity for local non-profit organizations to collect donations and gather support, while offering discounted tickets to theatre-goers who attend the spring line-up of productions.

Community Partner Nights highlight the Hippodrome’s commitment to the core values of community and the ability to provide quality programs, partnerships, and related services to the audiences we serve; diversity, as the arts are a vital part of a healthy, equitable society, to which people of all ages and backgrounds have a need and right to belong, embracing all people and communities as united under a common artistic experience; and audience through our work to cultivate and engage a diverse and responsive audience through exceptional service, respect, and access.

Community Partner Nights start January 10 with the award winning play, Collected Stories, and aim to build bridges across non-profit organizations and re-invest the support the Hipp has received over the past year during the Keep Gainesville Hipp campaign. On each of the upcoming Community Partner nights, the Hippodrome will offer $25 tickets to Collected Stories, Women in Jeopardy and The Elephant Man. $10 of that will go directly back to the community organization.

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The investment entrusted to the Hippodrome through the Keep Gainesville Hipp campaign is returned to the community through the strategic leveraging of resources for the greater good and for the expansion of mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships. The Hippodrome strives to exemplify an open and accessible cultural resource for all to enjoy.

As a cornerstone of Gainesville’s robust cultural life, the Hippodrome has a legacy of providing the very best in artistic excellence through programming on the mainstage, cinema, special events, and its award-winning education program. Now in its 42nd year, the Hippodrome is a non-profit, professional regional theatre serving hundreds of thousands of audience members annually.

Join us in supporting the worthy local organizations at Community Partner Nights.


The Hippodrome will receive NEA Grant

Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $30,000 award to the Hippodrome Theatre toward the creation and production of “The Hidden Sayings,” a community-centered theatre work in collaboration with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from the Hippodrome Theatre represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

The Hidden Sayings is an exploration of old African-American songs of the U.S. South as vehicles for contact and meeting with church communities. The Hippodrome will collaborate with a team of international performers from the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards in producing a theatrical work that shifts boundaries of performance within the traditional theatrical landscape, and bridges the work of Jerzy Grotowski into cultural communities across the southern United States.

The Hippodrome is interested in investigating a long-term project seeking to discover the very core of theatre, the moment of immediate contact between human beings. The Hippodrome is committed to develop connections with communities and individuals – mainly outside established theatre circles- to ask together: what can the shared impact of this art be a vehicle for? What and who can it serve? How can it be useful in and around us?

With a grant from the NEA, the Hippodrome is creating an encounter between the Workcenter and the Hippodrome as further experimentation in its development practices. For 29 years, the Workcenter’s praxis has been articulated as an investigation on ancient songs of the African and Afro-Caribbean tradition. From 2007 onwards, the internationally-composed Open Program team directed by Mario Biagini, have been tracing a new branch of this research, exploring African-American songs of the U.S. South as vehicles for remembering, restoring, and nourishing the dignity, creativity and unknown potentialities of human spirit. Located not far from the locations where these songs originated, the Hippodrome felt this collaboration could prove a fertile ground of research for both companies.

Together, we wish to explore these songs as vehicles for contact and meeting with church communities in Gainesville. This will serve as a platform not only to expand the work of the Hippodrome’s company and its artists, but further investigate the possibility of international collaboration as a way to expand established models of regional theater. The desire for this endeavor comes from the necessity to analyze how the performing arts can catalyze and benefit from a meeting between cultural communities and experienced arts practitioners in order to engage new audiences in regional theater.

Located in the southern United States, the Hippodrome has access to some of the oldest African American churches where a living performative tradition exists outside the performative field. We want to make a movement that this living tradition is not a folklore, and bring these two different planes of theater and church communties together to manifest a performative event that like a church service, starts with an interpersonal and perception quality and arrives to another level of interaction, perception, and ultimately presence.

The culmination of this collaboration will result in the premiere of The Hidden Sayings on the Hippodrome mainstage along with symposiums on oral history in collaboration with the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida.

Michael Littig, Hippodrome company member, who created the seed for the project said, “To me, the Hippodrome has always been a place that pushes boundaries. I’m honored to join forces with the Hippodrome leadership to create this unique opportunity for Gainesville audiences and create opportunities for others to feel the sense of home I feel when I walk through the doors of the Hippodrome.”

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring2015.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov


The Hippodrome's 2015-2016 Season

The Hippodrome Theatre today announces a bold season of plays for the 2015/16 Season, featuring eight enthralling productions, including a partnership with the University of Florida School of Theatre + Dance, regional and world premieres, Tony Award-winners, and a dazzling new holiday offering.

“The Hipp is honored to present our 43rd season – a beautifully wrapped gift just waiting to be opened. It will fill your heart, soul, and mind; it will make you laugh, think and feel. The productions on the Hipp stage in the new season will create memories that last a lifetime, while expanding your appreciation of the world around you,” said Artistic Director Lauren Caldwell.

The Hippodrome’s season will feature actors from the Hippodrome Acting Company, accompanied by talent from across the country, in accordance with its mission to nurture a strong company of actors, directors, designers, technicians and administrators.


View the 2015-16 Season


Spring Break Camp and Educational Courses

Spring Break Camp

MARCH 21-25, 2016  •  Junior Ensemble (ages 7-12) & Teen Ensemble (ages 13-18)

Register online

At the Hipp, the fun never stops! Join the Hipp for a great SPRING BREAK CAMP or look into other  educational opportunities for art and theatre enthusiasts of every age.

The Hippodrome offers Spring Break Camp, a full day camp that coincides with Alachua County spring break. Young people enjoy five fun-filled days of theatre that conclude with a showcase and reception for family and friends. Campers will be introduced to the inner workings of a professional theatre through workshops and classes with theatre professionals. At the end of the camp, family and friends are invited to a reception and showcase highlighting scenes and art work the campers created.

To register your child and for more information about ALL the acting opportunities the Hipp has to offer, visit this page.