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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: The mission of Greenbrier Valley Theatre is to create live, professional theatre in West Virginia and, to enlighten, enrich, and enliven the life of our region.

Results: In 45 years, we've gone from a small, summer theatre producing plays in a tent along the Greenbrier River, to a professional, million dollar, year round theatre company situated in downtown Lewisburg, WV. Our economic impact on our state is over 5.8 million dollars, and we inspire over 40,000 individuals a year through our theatre and arts programs.

Target demographics: youth ages 5-17; Adults 18-?

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 40,000

Geographic areas served: Southern West Virginia

Programs: -Mainstage Productions -Youth Education Program -Regional Music Series -Literary Series -The Met: Live in HD Opera Series -New Voices Play Festival

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a huge fan of accessible live theatre, and have so enjoyed taking my children to every performance GVT has to offer! I have introduced them to top-quality performances of Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, and many other historic and new playrights and musicals. The performances are not only top notch (and quite affordable), but they prompt family conversations that extend over the years about society, characters, and history. Thanks GVT!!!

Eric30

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an actor of 9 years, getting my first acting experience at Greenbrier Valley Theatre after attending their summer camp for youth in 2003. Since then GVT has been a life-changing place for me, a family that I have had the wonderful opportunity to call my home. It's amazing that this place exists in such a small town and its sheer presence has sent ripples throughout the community and far beyond. I am proud to say that GVT was my first employer and I continued to work, act and volunteer there every year that I lived in West Virginia. GVT is a one of a kind place that cannot be missed.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I grew up attending summer drama camp at GVT, and later returned to work there as an acting intern. I am now an actress living in NYC, and when times are tough and I feel like I am losing my way, all I have to do to reclaim my passion is remember how good it felt to be on the GVT stage. I would not be living the life I now lead if not for GVT's influence.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've only been to one performance at GVT, but I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed it. For such a small town, they have such a professional feel. The theater itself it beautiful and gives an intimate experience with the stage. I am looking forward to seeing many more performances at Greenbrier Valley Theatre!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son and now our grand children participated in GVT's programs and have been in numerous plays. They learned about responsibility, art, set building, working with others, and they had all this with the sheer joy of creating. GVT has enhanced our community with entertainment and economic development by drawing visitors who came to see a play but the also ate, shopped and stayed in out hotels. This is one of Lewisburg's - no, West Virginian's greatest assets!

Kirsten5

Donor

Rating: 5

GVT is far more than a theatre. As a parent I admire the education programs. The children learn so many aspects of theatre such as writing, lighting, costuming, set designing, etc. They also have life skills reinforced such as discipline and working in groups. Wonderful to watch children develop confidence. They also develop love and respect for the theatre. Every summer a children's show is produced. Amazing to see the little ones watch in awe as adults take make-believe to a new level! GVT is a place where dreams are born and realized!

Lani E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GVT is a wonderful organization which provides entertainment and learning opportunies for the whole community and beyond. I greatly enjoy spending time there and look forward to their upcoming productions.

Eliot W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best organizations that I've ever seen. Wonderful actors and wonderful production. We actually travel from DC to see their productions.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional actor, I had a wonderful experience working at GVT. The theatre facility is beautiful, the productions are fabulous and the people working there are wonderful. It truly feels like the theatre brings the whole surrounding community together and welcomes those of us visiting as well as part of a supportive and loving artistic family.

Board Member

Rating: 5

GVT is a theatre run by artists who are dedicated to the theatre and to the community we share. The art comes first. As a Board member, we totally support that effort, through our fund raising and our support of the artists. As a member of the community, to see students from all around the region come to this theatre, see challenging work, "get it", and grown talking with the artists is a thrill and a privilege. To see little kids in the community attend the education program, growing in self-confidence, self-expression, imagination and creativity, all in a safe place, without competition, is very special. To top it off, to know that the work on stage rivals that of many other theatres in much larger metropolitan areas, it is easy to support the work as a Board member. I love the work and I love the people.

Sierra4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Greenbrier Valley Theater is truly an amazing organization filled with people who truly love and live the craft of live theatre . Those very same people go above and beyond in sharing that love with the community.

Coy F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Locally and throughout the entire state of West Virginia, GVT is widely regarded as the flagship theatre, providing amazing programming and educational opportunities to the people of this state. The organization is a model for public and private partnership to bring arts to Appalachia. GVT consistently produces quality theatre while offering maximal community participation, especially for students in our public schools. GVT is a cornerstone in the local nonprofit art organizations and is truly a unique and special theatre.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Greenbrier Valley Theatre is a true asset to the community! Although Lewisburg is a small town, the arts and cultural organizations like GVT are phenomenal! I went to see their production of the Crucible in October and was amazed by the performance! I can not wait to buy tickets to the Christmas Carol!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Greenbrier Valley Theatre is an outstanding, professional regional theatre serving West Virginia admirably. The theatre provides a widely varied roster of plays and musicals and takes artistic risks in its programming. I have been lucky enough to work there over several years and see how they have grown and continue to reach out to the community with expanding educational offerings, taking shows on the road to areas of the state that have NO OTHER theatre option, and employing top quality artists from around the country. The leadership at the theatre is inspiring and visionary and it has a strong and active board of directors in place. West Virginia can be very proud of their state theatre and it deserves your support.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Greenbrier Valley Theatre is a gem in West Virginia (and the country). West Virginia is so lucky to have such a wonderful place in its state. GVT has so much to offer between their top-caliber theatrical productions, several music events, and their amazing Education Department. It is so great that such a small town has such a huge asset. One of the most amazing things about GVT is the community within the business. It is so wonderful to see so many people committed to the arts and to making a difference. GVT is nurturing our future generation through its education classes. The students learn about all aspects of theatre, but more importantly, they leave with self-confidence, great public speaking skills, and lifelong friendships. GVT is a place that deserves to be recognized!

Client Served

Rating: 5

There's no doubting the talent on display in the cast selection and plays at Greenbrier Valley Theatre. My friends and I saw Cabaret earlier this year and it was totally worth seeing. The lead actress who played Sally, was excellent. Not only was her performance captivating, we found that the overall direction of the other characters was very strong. The costume was right on with the times as with set design. We look forward to coming back to GVT very soon. - Christina Entenmann.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an actor in the area and have seen many productions across the world and state. When it comes to Greenbrier Valley Theater, you have the best of the best. From the local talent to the professional talent brought in, every show has just the right ingredients. I have seen what the education department does to work with local children and teach then the art of theater also providing the chance to perform which is rare in the area. The caliber of performances is amazing with a true understanding of the playwrights intent. Bravo GVT!

Melissa114

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a great theatre that does wonderful productions! It's such an asset to the community! Thank you, Greenbrier Theatre!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Greenbrier Valley Theatre is a very effective and artistically relevant theatre. Their children's programs are loved by the kids and combine fun with true learning. I definitely recommend it!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is such a joy to have Greenbrier Valley Theatre in our community. The performance quality is exceptional, but they are so much more than just a good show. Their summer and after school programs for children are fantastic, and they never turn a child away if their family can't afford tuition (which is already less than the cost of most babysitters around here!). I also love that they use their lobby space to showcase works of local artists. My favorite program, though, is the"pay what you can nights". Every show, the night before opening, they invite audiences to come see the final dress, and only expect people to pay what they can afford. What a great way to get everyone to love theatre!