Mission : The Playhouse produces high quality live theatrethat inspires, educates, and entertains audiences of all ages.Our passion is to connect our community to the world at large by telling stories that reveal the truth of the human experience. History:The Playhouse is the center of a citys passion and devotion to the theatre arts. Its resident troupe and San Antonios oldest arts organization now celebrates 100 years of quality theatre with its current Centennial Season that will entertain 30,000 patrons when it closes in August. Few events have shaped America like the Great Depression that began with the crash of the stock market on October 24, 1929. Ninety days later, on January 22, 1930, the San Pedro Playhouse opened its doors for the performance of Ferenc Molnars, The Swan. There were as many horse drawn carriages as cars attending the performance that celebrated the 17th season of a troupe whose production quality inspired the City to build the impressive Greek-revival building that the troupe occupies to this day. It is situated in the historic and picturesque San Pedro Springs Park. The park is the second oldest municipal park in the nation, second only to Boston Commons, and the Playhouse is the oldest municipally built Little Theatres in America.Sarah Barton Bindley began the troupe in 1912, the very first year of the Little Theatre Movement that would sweep the nation and make history with production values that notoriously rivaled Broadway shows. The opening of the San Pedro Playhouse, seventeen years later, captured the attention of the New York theatre elite, with Kudos and welcomes from Broadway impresario David Belasco and others across the nation.Today, grants and scholarships provide need-based assistance to an average of 10% of the students currently enrolled in the celebrated Playhouse youth programs. What originally began in 1929 as Junior Theatre, is now a comprehensive program where more than 100 children from the ages of 4-18 years of age participate annually in classes, summer workshops and four annual youth productions. Advanced students perform in cellar and mainstage productions alongside veteran actors throughout the regular season, exposing them to the theatre arts or preparing them for a professional theatre career. Seventeen-year-old Andy Richardson is currently performing on Broadway in Walt Disneys production of Newsies, Andys second Broadway credit. He owes his education, in part, to the training he received at the San Pedro Playhouse. Caroline Kittrell is currently in the national tour of Beauty and the Beast utilizing the theatrical skills she learned as a member of the Playhouse youth programs. I was just an orphan, says Kittrell, referencing her performance in the Playhouse production of Annie,"now Ive played Belle on the professional stage.What started in 1912, in the living rooms of prominent locals, has grown to San Antonios premiere local theatre experience. We have endured the best of times and the most challenging, we have played through two World Wars and The Great Depression, and we are still here. The most famous and the least known, the wealthiest and the poorest, the oldest and the youngest have graced center stage of the oldest arts organization in San Antonio, and the best is yet to come!