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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Theater

Mission: Theatre bristol provides arts education and experience to children and adults in the greater bristol, tennessee/virginia area.

Programs: Developing and producing five to six community theatre productions that encompass education and training in the arts, as well as 40 enriching entertainment experiences for an estimated 250 actors and crew members and 6,000 attendees.

Maintain and sustain 100-year-old historic buildings with a stage, shop, wardrobe, rehearsal space, and offices, providing performance opportunities for Theatre Bristol.

Community Stories

67 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful cultural hub for the community with interest and opportunity for families and individuals alike. Theater Bristol productions are high quality and cast and crew become family. Each show enriches the community with the tradition of theatrical performance and there is an extra focus on teaching children the love and art of dramatic performance and stagecraft.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was my good fortune to be selected for a role in a Theatre Bristol production in 2019. It was more than a brief moment on stage, I met multiple members of an organization dedicated to the development of a strong arts program. This is a group where everyone works hard and they enjoy providing a benefit to everyone they contact. Even during a time where we can't rehearse and perform as before, they have found opportunities to support the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is like a second home! Their shows are incredible. They are very welcoming to others.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering here has been a wonderful experience. Everyone I've met here has been genuinely kind and put all their effort into helping the Theatre help the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Being at Theatre Bristol and getting to be in so many wonderful productions brings such joy to me!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is a fantastic place to get involved or to see a production! Great quality shows and performances! A great community of actors and tech!

Joey C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been in a diverse array of TB productions - I've been in a barbershop quartet, I've done stage combat, I've been in a romance, I've danced and I've made flying monkeys fly.

TB is a staple of Bristol's downtown entertainment. They run summer camps for kids and put on a big variety of shows on two stages. And it's entirely staffed by volunteers.

David M.21

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My first experience with Theatre Bristol was attending their production of Les Miserables. I had a certain idea of what volunteer community theater would look like, and I've never been happier to be so wrong. Their production far exceeded my expectations. This is my fourth year helping out behind the scenes, and from what I've learned by osmosis, decided to audition last year. I'm very proud to have performed on the Theatre Bristol stage now, and look forward to many more years of helping this great organization put on quality performances for the community, where everyone from 4 to 104 has a chance to create art in an encouraging space. Theatre Bristol is an asset to the community in other ways as well, hosting musical performances for the annual Rhythm & Roots music festival, and loaning props and costume pieces to schools and other community theatres in the area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wondeful Theatre to perform with and amazing shows with high high production value. Amazing talent and amazing people. I love them!

Camille Adelaide G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol has been a part of my life for 20 years. It is the reason I have a BFA in Directing and now get to share my love of theatre with high school students. TB has allowed me to meet many of my dearest friends as well, many I consider family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol produces quality, family shows that audiences love. Five stars!

Donor

Rating: 5

Wonderfully run with Barter quality productions - some of fondest and one of my best roles ever have occurred as part of this amazing theater

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter Braelyn and I, and now youngest Lyncoln, have enjoyed being a part of the Theatre Bristol family for a short time now. Even though we just started, we are going to make it a long lasting relationship due to the amazing people that make the magic of theatre happen every year. We have enjoyed shows there for years and now being on stage and sharing the love of theatre with our fellow thespians has brought us so much joy! Thank you Theatre Bristol for allowing our dreams to come true!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son has performed a few plays with Theatre Bristol. The volunteers and staff are wonderful with the children and Theatre Bristol has provided amazing experiences for our son!

Alisha T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization gives opportunities to those that wouldn't normally be able to fulfill a dream of acting. Thank you for making dreams reality.

LaRee B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Can't say enough about how wonderful our experience was seeing Wizard of Oz. The sets, the costumes, the acting and singing... was all top notch and kept my super active 5 year old completely captivated. The joy that community theatre brings to the lives of not only those who are involved in a production but also to the audience that cannot be replicated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Awesome experience with the theatre and the great people!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love watching the fabulous productions put on by Theatre Bristol! We are lucky to have them!

Deanna V.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A few years ago I reached out to Theatre Bristol hoping they might need some help with their upcoming show. I love to paint, create and brainstorm. They quickly responded and I was able to get started! They would actually go to the trouble to bring the sets to me so I could paint them at work. Not only did it help them, but more importantly it helped me get through a very difficult time. I see how much this program enriches the lives of so many people. I have continued to work with this amazing group of people to this day and hope to continue for many more.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is a wonderful establishment devoted to helping children and adults gain confidence and learn new skills. I have been in 8 Theatre Bristol shows and I keep coming back! They produce wonderful shows with professional level acting, sets, and other elements. I, along with so many others, have had so many wonderful opportunities through Theatre Bristol and i have learned so much from them. Theatre Bristol does more than just put on shows. It builds friendships, showcases talents, provides opportunities, is a safe space to be unique, and helps you to grow as a person!!

Christina M.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great theatre! Provides such an outlet for our youth as well as providing quality entertainment for our community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing experience at Theatre Bristol! My daughter, Braelyn and I have always enjoyed the spectacular performances put on by the theatre and we finally were able to be on stage with some talented fellow thespians. We not only built relationships but we enjoyed being a part of the production of The Wizard of Oz! The experience allowed us to live out our passion for performing!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Theatre Bristol for awhile, directing several of their shows at the Paramount. I am thoroughly impressed with the organization and its director, Samantha Gray! There is a core group of volunteers who always put hours and hours of work into each show, with new people jumping on board for each individual show. All of these efforts are directed toward presenting the highest quality theatre experience for families in our community to share. I emphasize FAMILIES, knowing that there is a commitment on the part of Samantha and the organization to present only family-friendly entertainment! The highest quality sprung from the highest level of commitment to our community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol not only provides our area with entertainment, but it also provides a place for our children to learn about theatre.

Nicole I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Getting involved volunteering with this amazing organization has given me family, friends, and a community that I'm so very proud of. Theatre Bristol puts on such high quality performances that you forget you are watching community theater. I'm so glad I found such a wonderful place to volunteer and see shows!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I never realized how lucky we were in Bristol to have the community theatre that we do until I went to a show by a different community theatre. Not to be catty as I’m sure they worked hard but wow—Theatre Bristol was just heads and tails above this other theatre! We really are so blessed to have such a strong program in Bristol.

Jennifer C.9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol’s production of The Wizard of OZ was so wonderful! The entire cast did An amazing job! The set was beautifully designed and the music score was perfect. Kudos to everyone involved in this production!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is filled with top notch people who are highly committed, professional and caring. They work extremely hard to ensure their cast, community and audiences greatly benefit through performing arts programs. Hard to believe it's categorized as community theatre with such professional quality. Truly the best of both worlds.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son was 14 when we discovered Theatre Bristol. He got a bit part in Romeo and Juliet. From that moment he contributed to every play for the next 4 years. He had wonderful mentors and loved learning all aspects of theatre. He can sew, build sets, clean, be a leader and teach. Samantha Gray is an amazing example of love and dedication to the Arts for the children. It has become a second family with many friendships made. He had over 700 volunteer hours in those 4 years.

Alexandra Noel E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is a wonderful place that allows young children and adults the opportunity to develop confidence, eloquence and a sense of community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've worked with Theatre Bristol for 5 years and have love the experience. It's a family friendly environment that has led me into so many amazing friendships while also letting me hone my skills as an actor and crew member

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is an amazing place to be a part of! Everyone there is very friendly and easy to get along with alongside being family friendly and professional. I have performed there since 2014 and it has been an amazing experience! I can’t wait to continue to work with them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is a wonderful organization dedicated to instilling confidence in kids! They always put on outstanding productions and have such talented casts! Theatre Bristol never disappoints!

Dottie Blanks H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I started coming to Theatre Bristol productions with my children more than 30 years ago, after we moved here from Austin, TX. I was pleasantly surprised to find a theatre of such quality in a small town. Over the years, I've seen many fantastic productions, and I'm thrilled that my grandchildren can see quality theatre in their hometown. I'm even more pleased to see TB's recent rededication to producing quality children's theatre, and to partnering with a local agency to present original plays with special education teens and young adults. I highly recommend Theatre Bristol. Go! You'll be glad you did.

Seth G.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol has given me a chance to grow so much as a person, and given me so many friends along the way.

Beverly M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love theatre Bristol! It has given my daughter confidence and she has made some lasting friendships!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Theatre Bristol! My daughter attended the summer camp and fell in love with the people and the environment. Since then she has been cast in a few shows and has made some lasting friendships and memories. We also love watching the productions. They are all high quality and the talent is amazing to be all volunteer. I would put Theatre Bristol shows against any community or paid theatre around and the quality and talent would surpass any.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a shy kid, Theatre Bristol helped me blossom and become who I am now! This theatre taught me self discipline, and the importance of working as a team. I have made some of the best friends I will ever meet and I have enjoyed every year I have spent volunteering for it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These guys do an awesome job! They put on great shows with no paid staff! Amazing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol has been an amazing outlet for our son. He loved doing a show at this theatre and we as his parents also enjoyed the expirence. We were welcomed into the theatre “family” and were able to make his hobby a true family affair. Everyone at the theatre was so helpful and allowed us to feel at home when we were there. This theatre is such an asset to our community!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love going to see productions by Theatre Bristol. The children and adults put in such hard work to share their passion for acting with the community! Alexander and Pinocchio were two of the last productions we saw. I would highly recommend going to see a Theatre Bristol production.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I saw Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang at Theater Bristol. I was so impressed with every aspect of the show. The acting, music and props were top notch. It was thrilling seeing the storm roll in and the waves rising. It was spectacular to see Chitty actually fly!!! I came from Dinwiddie , VA to see the show and it was well worth it. I am looking foward to coming back in November to see Fiddler on the Roof!!!

Susan P. K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The recent production of Pinocchio was more than just a delightful show or fun way to spend a little time on the weekend. The young actors (who, incidentally, did double time helping to put the show together, including constructing sets) were very, very good. Their lines were delivered like a pro and stage presence was flawless. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to see the next show. Theater Bristol should be put on everybody's list of things to do.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best local theatre around!! Beauty and the Beast was absolutely magnificent!!!

Andrew Hunt

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Were it not for Theatre Bristol, I'm not sure where I'd be at this point. They gave me a sense of belonging. An awakening to something vital in the community. A place that nurtures talent and encourages creativity. I owe this amazing collective more than I can ever repay.
By the way. When it comes to auditions? Go for it. You never know until you try.
Below is the entire cast and crew of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". I played "Lord Scrumptious". Didn't know I had it in me until those with faith in my abilities gave me a chance.
My gratitude to each and every volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience with Theatre Bristol, wheather it be working behind the scenes to create thrilling ser pieces, to picking up items which the theatre needs, to even preforming & working with such fantastic people and directors! I have truly grown as a person through Theatre Bristol!

Tara Blevins T.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Theatre Bristol! So happy we have this in our community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE THEATRE BRISTOL! They are a wonderful group. They have a family friendly feel! The cast and volunteer staff are friendly and do a fantastic job! Cannot wait to watch another show, or even audition for myself!!!!

Margaret S.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol has encouraged and given experience to hundreds of actors and "wanna-be actors" for many years. And in the process, TB has given our community many wonderful hours of live entertainment.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful theatre. Very family friendly. And the people are just amazing to be around and preform with.

Paul T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great place to visit. They put on amazing shows. The shows are far beyond what you would expect from a local community theatre! I would say that everyone should make this a destination to go to

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Theatre Bristol is an amazing experience with amazing plays! -Ava

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing experience!!! Everyone, and I mean everyone, is very professional also respectful. This was our first show and we had an amazing time. The imitatioimagination, special effects, actors, crew, director, stage manager, theatre manager, sound/ light manager and staff were so great to work with. We will definitely be auditioning and volunteering again!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just saw a broadway worthy production of Beauty And The Beast presented by Theatre Bristol this past weekend. I would like to personally thank them for sharing the amazing local talent with audiences and opening our children's eyes,hearts and imaginations to the wonderful, enriching world the arts, in particular, live theatre can provide! Keep up the good work!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is a wonderful place for all of the community to get involved. My granddaughter has been in several shows. The directors are so talented. They teach our kids commitment as well as public speaking. They have a great time and learn so many skills it's hard to list them all. The confidence they build is amazing. Theatre helps in all aspects of there life. Please come and audition no matter what age you are. If that's not what you are interested in you can volunteer to paint sets,build sets or many other things. Please consider making a donation to help support the work they do for these kids and adults. Thank you.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is not only a great theatre who puts on phenomenal plays, they are also a theatre who has a passion for involving the community. They are constantly looking for more people, with experience or not, to add to their teams. Throughout my 4 years volunteering for Theatre Bristol, I have learned skills that I will use for the rest of my life. I was not turned away because I didn't know how to do a job, but I was taught step by step. At Theatre Bristol, relationships are the focus and that can be seen through the productions. The chemistry of the actors onstage and the quality of the visual aspects show teamwork and an overall love of theatre. Whether you are seeing a show or volunteering, Theatre Bristol will give you an amazing experience that you will remember forever.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been living in the TriCities for almost ten years, and as a Virginia Intermont Alumni feel a deep connection with the community. My first show with the organization, which will also (unfortunately) be my last due to moving, has been a wonderful experience! I met talented, hard working people who truly love not only theatre but giving back to the local community by providing them with class A entertainment for all ages. This theatre will quickly become your family once you become involved with the beautiful work they do.

Xander H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is amazing. I love every show I've seen there. I've also had the opportunity to be in two shows with Theatre Bristol (played Gavroche in Les Miserables and Peter Cratchit in Scrooge the Musical). Theatre Bristol is an important part of Bristol's history and we're lucky to have it. Go see a show there and support Theatre Bristol. You'll be glad you did.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter has been involved with Theatre Bristol for more than 4 years. She absolutely loves being on stage, bringing characters to life! She also loves the lasting friendships that she's made being part of Theatre Bristol. Theatre helps to build self-confidence and reinforces pro-social behavior especially amongst young children. Thank you, Theatre Bristol, for all that you do to enrich the lives of child actors and audiences.

David371

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I grew up with Theatre Bristol. As a child in elementary school we would take field trips to see their shows. I was always awed and inspired. I wanted to join them. When I was in sixth grade I had my chance. Terrified, I auditioned for Beauty and the Beast (before Disney adapted the film for stage), I was cast as part of the rose bush (or as my father said "the thorn"). Being on stage was like nothing else. It would be 5 years before I did a show again, but it was Theatre Bristol's Grease. Over the next 3 years I would perform or work backstage on over 25 shows. Working backstage caused me to see my interest in painting and love of color, I was taught scenic design and lighting design. Fast forward 10 years, I have changed and grown, but so has Theatre Bristol. I hold a college degree in theatre design and a minor in advertising. Theatre Bristol taught me leadership, organization, and harnessed my creativity. Some of the friends I made during my youth at Theatre Bristol have gone on to Broadway, the West End, major Hollywood films, and regional professional theatres across the county. I still keep in contact with them today. I have a energy for working with children and an ability to react in situations because of the lessons I learned from the people at TB. They are my family. The organization has gone through its shares of troubles but this has grown it and made it stronger. I am proud to say Theatre Bristol shaped my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What makes TB a great theatre is that all groups are welcomed. Kids and adults, newbies and veterans, actors and setbuilders and viewers. All get along great and there is a lot to learn about the roles of others.

There is a lot of talent in the Tri-Cities area and it's amazing to see it surface in an all-volunteer theater.

Emma26

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is my home away from home, this place means the world to me. It is so important to have this community with a passion for entertainment and love for kids.

James206

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful theater with talent and shows that exceed expectations and often surpass the quality of shows at for profit theaters. Will find a roll for anybody, giving all a chance to shine.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to see many plays at Theater Bristol and even volunteered before, and every experience was amazing!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been to see many plays at Theater Bristol and even volunteered before, and every experience was amazing!

2 James205

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Theatre Bristol is a fantastic family theatre that not only gets families together to see shows, but also gets them together to be in them. During my time volunteering at Theatre Bristol, I've seen kids in shows while their parents work on set or help costume, I've seen parents in shows with their children, and I've seen families from past shows come back to the theatre to help with a show, even if they're not in it. But one thing more, members of a show become a family, forming friendships that last for years beyond the last bow. That's what being a family theatre is.