About Us

OUR MISSION

The New Theater Guild enables, through scholarships and grants, the education of theater arts students in both Kansas and Missouri to enhance the quality of theater in the Greater Kansas City Area. Organized for charitable and educational purposes, The New Theatre Guild extends and promotes the dynamics of live theatre in the community.   The Guild is a non-profit organization, registered in the state of Kansas, and governed by the board of directors and executive officers.


OUR PURPOSE

Organized for charitable and educational purposes, The New Theatre Guild extends and promotes the dynamics of live theatre in the community.  The Guild enables, through scholarships and grants, the education of theatre arts professionals in both Kansas and Missouri.  The goal is to enhance the quality of theatre in the Greater Kansas City area by supporting the actors of tomorrow through financial assistance at the University level.  Through the Guild’s fundraising efforts and generous donations and gifts, over $1,000,000.00 has been raised to date.  The New Theatre Guild Scholarship Foundation is managed through a partnership with the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation.


OUR HISTORY

The New Theatre Guild was formed in 1994 by Kansas City actress Dodie Brown to promote and encourage the growth of live theater in the Greater Kansas City area. Her love of theatre and the related arts is expressed through her profession and ongoing support for the artistic community.  The idea was born when Dodie was asked to use some of her friends as extras in “The Sound of Music”.  They had so much fun during the production that it became a regular habit.  This was when Dodie decided it was time to bring professional arts and arts supporters together by forming a Guild that uniquely blends the two!  The Guild enjoys the support and encouragement of The New Theatre Restaurant of Overland Park, Kansas and its owners, Dennis D. Hennessy and Richard Carrothers.