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Sonnet Repertory Theatre Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: Sonnet Repertory Theatre, Inc., is dedicated to classic theatre for the modern planet. SRT promotes classic plays and adaptations, providing forums for collaboration between emerging artists and established professionals. With Classics in the Classroom, SRT aims not only to entertain, but also to educate young people by engaging them with timeless literature through expressive theatre.

Programs: SRT has a three-tiered approach to educational residencies specially tailored for the needs and interests of students grades K- 12.

Community Stories

46 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am professional actor in New York City. I took part in a production by SRT and was blown away by the experience. We worked on a new and original musical with the writer/ composer and Todd Lloyd, our director and SRT co-creator, who was open and patient to new ideas from the shows creator, and well as from the actors. As an actor, nothing is more thrilling that being to first to inhabit a role, and Todd encouraged our ideas and worked with us to help shape our characters. I was truly inspired to show up to rehearsal everyday to be motivated and guided by SRT's incredibly creative and smart team.
Beyond that- the final performances were well planned and the atmosphere professional while allowing space for this new work to blossom and grow.
I would love to work at SRT again. And again.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of working with Sonnet in 2010. I played Richard II for them in their production of Richard II on trapeze. It was one of the most thrilling experiences of my life as an actor. Sonnet is an incredibly strong company of gifted artists, that have made it a priority to passionately pursue a reimagining of theatre, on every level.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sonnet Rep has at it's core that special something that bridges classical theatre with modern life. It's a life-force that should be around forever to put flesh and blood to the greatest works of all time.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sonnet Rep takes the classics and brings them to life in a city that doesn't necessarily get a wide array of classic theatre options. They bring them to life with energy, class and a love for the integrity of text. They are a group of young upstarts who care about live performance and hope to bring that love to the young children on New York City.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to watch this superb company grow over the past 9 or so years. I've been a member of the theater community for a long while and never have I felt so connected to, and so proud of a group - especially one that I am not directly involved with! I'm SO very excited to see where they take their company over the next many years. Go SRT!

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Suzie N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sonnet Rep provides high quality productions of both classic and new works. Their performances are original and professionally done. This company should be supported to continue bringing their productions to the New York City public.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I are proud board member of the Sonnet Repertory Theatre. The commitment to excellence of the talented and dedicated officers and directors of this worthwhile organization have brought dazzling and original theater production to New York City, contributing to the richness and fullness of life in this magnificent city. Further, it has given so many young, classically trained actors and actresses the opportunity to work in the city and to build resumes and work on their chops. Beautiful, thoughtful and original productions are the standard for SRT. It is an asset for theater lovers and for young actors just getting a start in NYC and, through its educational programs, youngsters who just love to show off.

Richard II on trapeze. Who'd have thunk it?

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Sonnet Rep is a vibrant group, dedicated to attacking classical works with approaches that link works of old to themes that feel modern. The company has grown every year, but has not rested on its success; every year, SRT seeks to push itself beyond its previously established boundaries.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became acquainted with Sonnet Rep when my daughter performed in one of their productions. I was hooked! Since then I have seen everything they have done and was recently asked to join the Board of Directors. I cannot say enough about the level of talent and professionalism that the creative team brings to the table. They are truly a remarkable company. I am thrilled to be assisting in the small measure that I am.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sonnet Rep is by far one of the most up and coming theatres in the NY city scene. Not only is their work done with the upmost professional conduct but their dedication to inventive works of the classics is exceptional. I have had the opportunity to see many shows by this company and have always been honored to witness their dedication to art!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This company is committed to doing Shakespeare in a way that feels alive today. They have vast resources of talent and are able to get top notch actors, designers, and directors to work with them, and most importantly they do what they set out to do: Good work.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have experienced vibrant, important, sophisticated theater from this company in recent years as it's grown into a significant part of the New York theater culture.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sonnet Rep is a unique up-and-coming company. They produce great shows and help bring a new vision to classic pieces. Everyone at Sonnet Rep (staff, actors, board members, etc), puts their heart and soul into their productions and it shows. It is a priviledge to watch their hard work brought to life on the stage.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Sonnet Repertory is committed to not only casting new light on the classics, but to shepherding new work embracing classic texts. This is an invaluable service for those of us working in the arts.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sonnet Rep is awesome! The quality and talent with which each production is mounted is extraordinary. They take risks and provide work that is interesting, enriching, and filled with passion. I look forward to many great works to come.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been going to see shows and benefits put on by Sonnet Repertory Theatre for almost 8 years now. This is an amazing group of artists dedicated to nuturing the art of collaboration, which is why I find their work so exciting. From thier 24 hour play series, to their thrilling partnership with Matchstick productions, Sonnet Rep. maintains a disciplined eye on the classics as well as creating amazing new work and supportingthe work of new writers, directors, and actors.
Over the years I have seen Sonnet Rep. pull off some magic: transforming the bank street theatre into a magical Midsummer forest, making it rain on stage at The St. Clements theatre in its AMAZING production of '12th Night', and bringing togeather some of the finest in New York theatre to honor thier mentors. I have felt very lucky to see this company spread its wings and cannot wait to see what they have in store.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity of working on a new music theatre piece about the live of Hermann Hesse and his writing of the famous novel, SIDDHARTHA. It was the kind of ambitious work that can only be developed by a company like SONNET REPERTORY. They are not afraid to take creative risks and they stand behind their artists before, during and after the actual performing is over. SONNET REP is deeply committed to fostering new, adventurous theatre artists and the work that these artists are passionate about.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sonnet Rep presents classic theatre with a contemporary approach that leaves you amazed at their limitless creativity, whether it be beautiful set design or the flying trapeze. SRT has a great way of introducing a young audience to Shakespeare, as well as staying true to the Bard's stories. In the world of New York theatre today, their contribution of innovative and timeless story telling is indispensible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

SRT is providing a home for artists to explore classic text with a vision for a modern context. Their passion to support artists and explore new art forms is exciting and is a joy to be a part of. They invest in their artists and provide a safe home for exploration and experimentation. They strive to educate with each of their works and incorporate the community which they work in.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Sonnet rep is a no frills company simply producing truthful and solid works. Go see their shows - you'll remember why theatre is humankind's greatest and oldest tradition. xo Anna wood

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