Our mission is to highlight and develop thought-provoking, engaging, and entertaining live productions bringing to focus issues of identity and social interest.
In 1986, Bunbury Repertory Theatre was imagined as an Equity Theatre Company. For five seasons, Bunbury performed in an old tobacco warehouse on Baxter Avenue and presented 15 productions.
In 1991, the company reformed, shortened the name to Bunbury Theatre, and renovated an old garage on 7th Street into a 99 seat-theatre. For thirteen seasons and 65 productions, Bunbury Theatre embraced the artists in our community, both equity and non-equity (Equity is the union for professional actors and stage managers), and the artisans and designers who make their homes in the Kentuckiana area. Playing to sold-out houses and turning away audiences, Bunbury recognized that a move to a larger venue was prudent and began a capital campaign that would raise a quarter of a million dollars to renovate an old gymnasium on the corner of Third and Chestnut.
In 2008, The Henry Clay Building was renovated and allowed Bunbury to grow and stretch artistically. A 140-seat theatre designed by Steve Woodring became the new Bunbury Theatre, and 35 shows were produced before the Great Recession took hold. What was a promising start became a financial hardship. Although ticket sales remained steady, we could not continue operating under a constrained contract.
In 2015-16, after our 30-year anniversary celebration, Bunbury entered into an agreement with City Properties and Pandora Productions. A consortium of sorts was created. Bunbury would continue a five-show season and relinquish control of the theatre space to City Properties. The name of the venue was changed to The Henry Clay Theatre. Pandora would come in as a full resident company, and Bunbury and Pandora would each present a five-show season and share resources. This move eased our financial burden and created a home for Pandora Productions. It was a win-win!
In 2018, Liminal Playhouse joined the band of merry players with their own four-show season. Now, three companies occupy The Henry Clay Theatre, and three diverse groups offer year-round theatre in the intimate space created by the hard work of the board of directors of Bunbury Theatre Company, the incredible designers and technicians, and Juergen K. Tossmann, Bunbury's Producing Artistic Director
In 2018 Bunbury received a Sustaining Impact Grant for The Fund for the Arts and was funded again in 2019 and 2020. Bunbury continues to flourish as one of the premier arts organizations in the city of Louisville.
Grace & Glory
The Green Book
The Santaland Diaries
Holy Tolle Swallow That Ego