Theatre Jacksonville is a volunteer based community theatre whose mission is to enrich lives and broaden cultural understanding through community participation in theatre arts.
This mission supports inclusion and the development of diversity in the Company's artistic, volunteer, audience and donor bases. This goal is achieved through presenting plays and programs of noted artistic excellence, supporting volunteers and students with exceptional training and educational opportunities, and allowing for the development of unique and/or original performance projects and events by Florida artists.
Executive Director: SARAH BOONE
General Manager: MICHELLE SIMKULET
Box Office Manager: TRACY OLIN
Technical Director: TIM WATSON
Education Coordinator: RON SHREVE
Bookkeeper: JEAN MOORE
President: Kit Thomas
Vice President: Kyle Patterson
Treasurer: David Paulk
Secretary: Casey Ratchford
1919. Company founded.
1926. Incorporated as The Little Theatre of Jacksonville; dollars and land required for the construction of the theatre's historic San Marco facility donated by Carl S. Swisher.
August 14. 1927. Ground-breaking for building.
January 4. 1938. First production in San Marco facility, Boy Meets Girl, opens.
January 1969. Reincorporated as Theatre Jacksonville, Inc.
1972. First mayoral proclamation naming Theatre Jacksonville as Jacksonville's "Official Theatre," reconferred by all succeeding mayors.
July 11, 1991. Facility named to The National Register of Historic Places.
March 1994. City Council Resolution 95-251-59 honoring the company's history, its implementation of Educational Outreach Program goals and projects, and "concerted efforts to diversify both the company's program offerings and their appeal to multicultural constituencies."
May 1994. Local historic designation granted by Jacksonville's Bureau of Historic Preservation.
December 1994. Jessie Ball duPont Fund "Turn Around Award" recognizes the company's turn around of both its artistic and financial profiles.
July 26, 1995. Diamond anniversary celebrated.
June 6, 1997. Harold K. Smith Playhouse Endowment for facility maintenance implemented at $500,000.
March 24, 1998. City Council Resolution 98-160-A honoring the company's longevity, specifically citing the sixtieth anniversary of the Harold K. Smith Playhouse.
October 27, 2000. Facade renovation completed and facility formally dedicated as the Harold K. Smith Playhouse.
2004. Theatre celebrates 85 years of continuous operation.
2005. Auditorium seating replaced for the first time in forty years.
2007. Entrance Lobby renovated in the style of original art deco building design.
2008. Renovation of Upstairs lobby completed.
December 8. 2009. City Council Resolution 2009-916-A recognizing and commending Theatre Jacksonville upon the occasion of its ninety years of uninterrupted community theatre in Jacksonville.
2009-10. Theatre celebrates 90th Anniversary.