Repertory Company celebrates 40 years of service with community event



    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville theatre arts department invites the public to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its Repertory Company at a fundraising event June 18.

    For four decades, the Repertory Company has been one of the most visible aspects of theatre arts, having performed for more than 150,000 people, mostly local children.

    The performances are offered at minimal cost for non-profits and are often seen by school children. The plays focus on social justice, character-building, cultural diversity and inclusion and have accompanying study guides that integrate into school curricula.

    The company offers four paid assistantships for UofL students. There have been more than 115 members and many are now working throughout the nation as theater professionals.

    The company only charges the cost of gas for travel. The service is supported by the university, College of Arts and Sciences and theatre arts.

    “This work is offered at such a discount as a way for theatre arts to serve our community,” said Nefertiti Burton, Theatre Arts chair. “We believe in the art of theater and the power it can have to reach children and unlock their imaginations. We want to see the arts continue to grow in our community, especially in schools where artistic funding is in jeopardy or has been eliminated.”

    The fundraising event will be 6-8 p.m., June 18, at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Tickets are $40 and include hors d’oeuvres and dinner by Ladyfingers Catering, music by Joe DeBow and a dance performance by Safiyyah Dance Company. There also will be a silent auction and sponsorship opportunities. Register here.

    The company hopes to raise enough money to purchase a van for transporting performers.

    “Currently, the students use their own cars, which presents challenges. Sometimes there’s not enough room to transport all the actors and the costumes,” Burton said. “We want to make it easier for them. And, we want to recognize and appreciate the tremendous impact the company has had in our community over the past 40 years.”

    For more information, contact Burton at 502-852-8444 or


    Niki King
    Niki King Jones is positive she has the best job at the University of Louisville, serving the communication needs of the departments of fine arts and theatre, the School of Music, University Libraries and Alumni – all the fun, creative stuff. Before coming to UofL in 2015, Niki held communication positions in both private and nonprofit sectors in Louisville, Ky., including at Heaven Hill Distilleries and the Jewish Community of Louisville. For 10 years prior, she was a reporter at various newspapers across the country, most recently The Courier-Journal. Niki graduated from the University of Memphis with a BA in journalism and has a masters degree in community and leadership development from the University of Kentucky.