About Us

No One Would Have Imagined in 1962 that a small group of local actors would one day evolve into one of the finest theatres in the state. It all began with a two-show season starting with the classic Dicken’s A Christmas Carol performed at Alexander Graham Junior High and the courtroom drama The Night of January 16th performed at the Fayetteville Courthouse. Everything from props to lights was borrowed. This small group of enthusiasts, under the leadership of former LTNC Playmaker Bo Thorp, formed the Fayetteville Little Theatre. With the community’s support funds were raised to renovate the building and after incorporating two adjacent buildings. On the advice of State Senators Tony Rand and Lura Tally and others, the theatre changed its name to Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT). CFRT features a three-story complex with a 309 seat main stage and contracts actors, writers and designers from throughout the country. CFRT’s six-show mainstage season and robust education and outreach programs serve over 42,000 audience members a year from all ages and varying socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds including nearly 7,000 students from around the region. CFRT is grateful for the community support from which it was born and still blooms.

Past Productions:

1962-63
A Christmas Carol
The Night of January 16th
1963-64
Blithe Spirit
A Christmas Carol
Solid Gold Cadillac
An Evening with Shakespeare

1964-65
The Girls in 509
Harvey
A Christmas Carol
The Wizard of Oz
Guys and Dolls
J.B.
H.M.S. Pinafore 1965-66
Teahouse of the August Moon
Private Lives
Cinderella
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Damn Yankees
The Crucible

1966-67
A Streetcar Named Desire
Never Too Late
Picnic
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Three One-Act Plays 1967-68
Desire Under the Elms
You Can’t Take it With You
Alice in Wonderland
Carnival
Summer and Smoke
The Lady’s Not for Burning

1968-69
Barefoot in the Park
Tobacco Road
A Christmas Carol
A Thousand Clowns
South Pacific
Dylan

1969-70
Sweet Bird of Youth
You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running
Christmas Snow (A Christmas Carol & Snow White)
The Rainmaker
Mame
The Lion in Winter

1970-71
Bye Bye Birdie
Dracula
Snow White
Cactus Flower
Dark of the Moon
Man of LaMancha 1971-72
Black Comedy
I Never Sang for My Father
You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown
Child’s Play
Fiddler on the Roof

1972-73
The Fantasticks
Butterflies are Free
Stop the World I Want to Get Off
Look Homeward Angel
Cabaret
Applause

1973-74
Peter Pan
The Owl and The Pussycat
The Effects of Gamma Rays on the Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
The Andersonville Trial
Cabaret

1974-75
Godspell
Hatful of Rain
6 Rms Riv Vu
Happy Birthday, Wanda Jane
Camelot

1975-76
The Prisoner of Second Avenue
When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder
**Cinderella
Forty Carats
The Highland Call
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail

1976-77
Li’l Abner
Harvey
**Snow White (FBPH)
Sleuth
The Miracle Worker
Jesus Christ Superstar

1977-78
The King & I
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Come Blow Your Horn
The Male Animal
**Jack and The Beanstalk (FBPH)
I Do, I Do
**Sweet Charity

1978-79
The Sound of Music
The Last Meeting of the Nights of the White Magnolia
Born Yesterday
Indians
Raisin
**Cinderella (FBPH)

1979-80
Man of La Mancha
The Corn is Green
Norman, is that You?
Becket
The Great White Hope

1980-81
Hello, Dolly!
A Christmas Carol
Member of the Wedding
Chapter II
Grease

1981-82
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
I Love My Wife
**A Christmas Carol
The Women
Death of a Salesman
The Wiz
**Snow White Goes West

1982-83
**The Importance of Being Earnest
Encore
Babes in Toyland
*One for Me, One for You
Deathtrap
*Vive, Lafayette
The Robber Bridegroom 1983-84
**Razzle, Dazzle
Annie
**Amahl and the Night Visitors
Children of a Lesser God
Crimes of the Heart
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
**River Renaissance I
**Pumpboys and Dinettes (1st Play at the River)

1984-85
**Razzle, Dazzle
** Pumpboys and Dinettes (NCTC Competition)
Peter Pan
**Tally’s Folly
Amadeus
Gypsy
Foxfire
**River Renaissance II
Cotton Patch Gospel 1985-86
**Razzle, Dazzle
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas
Greater Tuna
They’re Playing our Song
**A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking
On Golden Pond
King Mackeral & The Blues are Running
**River Renaissance III

1986-87
Brighton Beach Memoirs
Quilters
The 1940’s Radio Hour
The Foreigner
Jerry’s Girls
Diamond Studs
**River Renaissance IV 1987-88
Little Shop of Horrors
**Listen to My Song
One for Me, One for You
**Greater Tuna
A…My Name is Alice
**Private Contentment
**As Is
One Mo’ Time

1988-89
Steel Magnolias
The Immigrant
Ain’t Misbehavin’
Anything Goes
Social Security
**Pumpboys and Dinettes
*Peace, Love & Rock ‘N Roll 1989-90
Big River
*Cool Spring
Something’s Afoot
Fences
Our Town
A Christmas Carol
Raney
**Hot Time on the River Tonight

1990-91
Me And My Girl
**Yours, Anne
By Lerner, By Lowe
**Walking Across Egypt
The Boys Next Door
Oil City Symphony
Driving Miss Daisy
Smoke on the Mountain
**Raney
**The Gift of the Magi

1991-92
42nd Street
**Dracula
Lend Me A Tenor
**A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Dear Ms. Dare (NC Writer’s Conference)
Dreamgirls
Other People’s Money
Nunsense
**Henry the 8th at the Grand Ol’ Opry

1992-93
My One and Only
See How They Run
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Oklahoma!
**Love Letters
**Once on this Island
Lost in Yonkers
Baby
**The River Show with the Shady Grove Band and the Swamp Cats
**Dirty Work at the CrossRoads
Don’t Count Your Chickens
**Until They Cry Wolf
**One World
**New Orleans New Year 1993-94
**Don’t Count Your Chickens
Guys and Dolls
**Shirley Valentine
A Few Good Men
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
**Tar Heel Voices
Mame
Rumors
Nunsense II
**Pumpboys and Dinettes
**Free to Be You and Me

1994-95
A Thousand Clowns
Phantom
**Radio Gals
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
**The Good Times are Killing Me
Same Time, Next Year
Dear Ms. Dare (at Peace College)
She Loves Me
Inherit the Wind
Five Guys Named Moe
**Woody Guthrie’s American Song 1995-96
Carousel
Of Mice and Men
Crazy for You
The Sisters Rosensweig
Forever Plaid
**A Tuna Christmas
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
**The Good Times Review
**CFRT’s Evening with the Fayetteville Symphony
**The Marsha Norman Event
**The Annual River Show

1996-97
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Luv
The Secret Garden
One Flew Over the Cukcoo’s Nest
**A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline
**All I Want For Christmas Is…
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Good Times Revue II
Bravo Broadway II
**Bubba And Betty Sue Get Married
Dream, Dream, Dream 1997-98
The Most Happy Fella
The Gin Game
The Sound of Music
The Floatplane Notebooks
Sophisticated Ladies
Beehive
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
**A Tuna Christmas
The Good Times Revue III
Bravo Broadway III
**Family Reunion
*Polyester: The 70’s Musical

1998-99
State Fair
Sylvia
The King & I
Romeo & Juliet
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
**O, Joy
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
**The Stars Are Out
The Good Times Revue IV
**Phantom of the Country Opera 1999-00
1776
The Old Settler
My Fair Lady
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
I Love You, Your Perfect, Now Change
**Grease
**O, Joy Too
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Arthur
The Good Times Revue V
*Polyester and More

2000-01
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Twelfth Night
South Pacific
Art
The World Goes Round
The Good Times Revue VI
**A Holiday Cabaret with Lisa Layne
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
King Mackeral and The Blues Are Running
Snow White Goes West 2001-02
Smokey Joe’s Café
Angel Street
The Music Man
Picnic
Over the River and Through The Woods
Godspell
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Honk!
The Good Times Revue VII
Nashville Bound
**Footloose

2002-03
Chicago
Hamlet
Annie Get Your Gun
Proof
My Way, A Tribute to Frank Sinatra
**Traveling Notes
**Footloose
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
**Let’s Get Happy, New Year’s Eve Revue
Cinderella
*Let ‘er Fly

2003-04
Kiss Me Kate
The Woman in Black
Big River
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Grand Night For Singing
**The First Annual Cross Creek Music Festival
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
**Let’s Get Happy, New Year’s Eve Revue
**Wendy Sounds Off!
Annabelle Broom, The Unhappy Witch
**Pumpboys and Dinettes
**1st Annual Blues ‘n Brews Festival
**The Fayetteville Idol
**The Good Times Revue

2004-05
The Wizard of Oz
Morning’s At Seven
Ragtime
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Idols of the King
**Cross Creek Music Fesitval II
**The Top of The Bottom Half
**Paying the Price
**The Fayetteville Idol II
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Conversations
**A Pocketful of Rhymes
The Good Times Revue
**2nd Annual Blues ‘n Brews Festival

2005-06
Children of Eden
**Cross Creek Music Festival
**Top of the Bottom Half
**Sacred Cows
Steel Magnolias
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Disney’s Beauty and The Beast
Lunch at the Piccadilly
**A Raisin in the Sun
**Wildwood Flowers
**3rd Annual Blues ‘n Brews Festival
Fame

2006-07
**The Last Five Years
Thoroughly Modern Millie
**2nd Annual Cross Creek Music Festival
**How to Eat Like A Child
**Closer Than Ever
Tuesdays with Morrie
Cinderella
The Foreigner
**Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming
**4th Annual Blues ‘n Brews Festival
Disney’s High School Musical

2007-08
Oliver!
Twelve Angry Men
**Oktoberfest
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Singin’ in the Rain
**Porgy & Bess
Good Ol’ Girls
**Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story
**5th Annual Blues ‘n Brews
Company

2008-09
Barnum
**Oktoberfest
Lend Me A Tenor
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
West Side Story
The Odd Couple
**River Show: Encore
Driving Miss Daisy
**6th Annual Blues ‘n Brews
Disney’s High School Musical 2

2009-10
**Fayetteville Has Talent
The Full Monty
White Christmas
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Peter Pan
**Les Miserables: School Edition
The Member of the Wedding
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
**Hair
7th Annual Blues ‘n Brews

2010-11
**Fayetteville Has Talent
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
A View From the Bridge
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Hairspray
Rumors
**Our Town
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change
**Hank Williams: Lost Highway
8th Annual Blues ‘n Brews

2011-12
**Night of January 16th
Boeing-Boeing
Miss Saigon
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Encore! Fifty Fabulous Years
**The Golden Gala
**Othello
The Spitfire Grill
On Golden Pond
**A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline
An Evening With Bo
9th Annual Blues ‘n Brews

2012-13
Jesus Christ Superstar
Around the World in 80 Days
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Legally Blonde: The Musical
**A Midsummer Night’s Dream
The Parchman Hour
Pride and Prejudice
**Cotton Patch Gospel
10th Annual Blues ‘n Brews

2013-14
The Little Prince
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
**SantaLand Diaries
Fiddler on the Roof
The Piano Lesson
The 39 Steps
**Return to the Forbidden Planet
11th Annual Blues ‘n Brews

2014-2015
Monty Python’s Spamalot
The Bluest Eye
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
**SantaLand Diaries
The Three Musketeers
**Amadeus
Ain’t Misbehavin’
The Trip to Bountiful
Avenue Q
12th Annual Blues n’ Brews

2015-2016
Man of La Mancha
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
The Wiz
*Downrange: Voices from the Homefront
Arsenic & Old Lace
Ring of Fire
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
13th Annual Blues n’ Brews
(* World Premier **Special Event Production)

Mary Kate Burke is the Artistic Director of Cape Fear Regional Theatre.

Burke, a Connecticut native, is a graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.  She joins CFRT after nearly 20 years of experience as a Director, Dramaturge, Assistant Director, and Artistic Director.  She got her start as an Assistant Director to film legend Arthur Penn (director of Bonnie & Clyde and The Miracle Worker).  She worked with Penn on the two-time TONY-Award-winning Broadway production of Fortune’s Fool.  She also assistant directed for Jonathan Lynn (My Cousin VinnyClue, and The Whole Nine Yards) on the off-Broadway production of A Mother. A Daughter. And A Gun. starring Olympia Dukakis.

She comes to CFRT from Dede Harris Productions, a six-time, TONY Award-winning commercial producing office.  In addition to working in the field of commercial theatre, Burke has extensive experience working at not-for-profits.  She served as the Director of Programming for the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), the largest musical theatre festival in the United States.  NYMF was the launching pad for the Pulitzer Prize-winning Next to Normal and the Broadway productions of Title of Show, In Transit, and Chaplin.

Burke spearheaded the effort to create autism friendly performances for the children’s series at NYMF, and raised foundation funding to underwrite these performances. Before that Burke was Producing Artistic Director for three seasons at Millbrook Playhouse in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania.  As a director, her work has taken her across the country to Texas, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon and New York.

“I am particularly passionate about expanding the educational programming and introducing children to theatre.  The tools children learn in the arts–from navigating group dynamics, to making creative choices, to problem solving–are all invaluable skills.” Burke said. “The best regional theatre is a driver of the economy and tourism, nurtures and develops local talent, exposes the community to national talent, and tells great stories. Theatre reminds us to have empathy and listen while being entertained and inspired. The next season at CFRT will continue to build on 55 years of excellence!”

Bo Thorp

Founding Artistic Director

“Your vision, when few dared to dream;
your passion, when few had the energy to persevere;
and your skill, when few had the talent to manage,
have helped transform this community’s image into
a vibrant cultural arts center in this region of the nation.”
Representative Rick Glazier on the occasion of
the presentation of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Bo Thorp (2003)

Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Founding Artistic Director Olga “Bo” Thorp first stepped onto a stage in an elementary school play in Columbia, South Carolina and hasn’t left it since. Since graduating from Carolina Playmakers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bo has starred, directed, choreographed, produced, painted sets and, by the sheer force of will and personality, grown a community theatre, a wonderful marriage and two sons of incredible heart, intelligence and compassion.

Bo and her husband, Herbert, arrived in Fayetteville in 1960 and joined others in the community to create the Fayetteville Little Theatre. In 1962, on not much more than a wing and a prayer, FLT produced its first play, The Night of January 16th. In 1981, FLT hired Bo as its Artistic Director, the sole paid staff position, on a total budget of under $50,000. Today, after 2 extraordinarily successful capital campaigns, the regional theatre has a full-time staff of ten, a budget of over $1 million, a Board of Directors of 26, and produces plays of stunning national quality.
In addition, Bo has taught theatre classes for children since the 1960s. Bo Thorp has developed a unique system of teaming professional artists and technicians with amateurs from our community. As a result, CFRT has become a training ground, and many amateurs have gone on to theatre careers regionally and beyond, including award-winning children’s author Mary Pope Osborne, Broadway performers Suzanne Ishee, Grady Bowman, Natasha Williams, and producer Suzanne Evans.

Bo’s work has been seen in several hundred plays in Fayetteville, Ft. Bragg, Chapel Hill, and the Southeastern United States, and she has been honored with these prestigious awards: The Order of the Long Leaf Pine (2003), Methodist University’s Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur Awards (2008), Fayetteville Music Hall of Fame Inductee (2009), Fayetteville Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce Realtor Cup (2009), and The North Carolina Award (2009): the highest civilian honor awarded by the state. At the beginning of Bo’s 50th Season at CFRT, Bo reflected on her life as an artist in an interview with Frank Stasio on WUNC’s The State of Things.

During the 2011 – 2012 celebration of Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season, we sat down with Bo and a copy of the FLT/CFRT production history. While we were not surprised, we continue to be amazed at the sheer number of productions that carry the Bo Thorp stamp as actor, director and/or producer. You will note that her illustrious career began before she stepped through the doors at CFRT.

OFFICERS 2017
PRESIDENT: Jason Poole
VICE-PRESIDENT: Cheryl Y. Burns
TREASURER: Steve Terry
ASSISTANT TREASURER: Elise Chung
SECRETARY:Rollinda Thomas
IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: Reshma Patel Beal

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lauren Allred, Al Aycock, Jerome Bell, Gwen Brown, John Buie, Judy Chavis, Jan Cobb, Carolyn Dawson, Jenny deViere, John Dunigan, Tim Edwards, Kathy Gaines, Keith Gardiner, Jennifer Anne Gasque, Carole Goforth, Marshall Howie, Shirley Konneker, Lynn Legatski, Eric Lindstrom, Juelle McDonald, Kelly Myers, Judy Rochman, Marie Runkle, Jerome Scott, Joyce Sorensen, April Smith, Nanette Walsh

Advisory Council: Michelle Courie, LaJuan Mills

OUR MISSION

We believe in the power of storytelling and the visceral impact of live theatre. We strive for the highest standards of excellence in our artistic work, educational offerings, and outreach efforts. We provide the region a place to come together to laugh harder, think deeper, share our experiences and grow as a community.

OUR VISION

Cape Fear Regional Theatre will be nationally recognized as the leading arts organization in Southeastern North Carolina. CFRT will transform the way a new generation engages in the communal act of live theatre. Leveraging our position as a creative cornerstone, we will enhance the quality of life and the vitality of our community.

OUR VALUES

Excellence: CFRT demands excellence throughout our creative endeavors.

Engaging Programming: CFRT believes live theatre is a contact sport. The actual, physical exchange of energy between actors and audience is the single most powerful element of live theatre and we choose stories that move us and artists that speak from the heart.

Artistic Risk: CFRT is willing to be constantly challenged, reserving the right to take artistic risks, to make mistakes, and to learn from our experiences.

Imagination: CFRT is committed to innovation, to going beyond the mundane, to challenging our creative levels and those of our artists, technicians, and audiences.

Community: CFRT seeks to create and maintain a close connection between artist and audience. We are united in the shared experience of the theatre, in finding the common threads that bind us together.

Education: CFRT understands the value of theatre in lifelong learning, and accepts the responsibility to train the next generation of theatre artists and audiences. We believe great theatre should garner curiosity, create empathy for the lives of others, and inspire creative thinking for all involved.

Inclusion: CFRT embraces its role as a place where our community can come together. We think the diversity of our region should be reflected on and offstage, and the “Great Stories Told Here” should be stories that are relevant to and reflective of our entire community.

Collaboration: CFRT recognizes theatre is a collaborative art form. We are at our best when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Teamwork is a creative force and CFRT actively seeks partnerships with other organizations to mutually benefit our community.

Respect: CFRT lives by the principle that everyone who walks through our doors deserves to be treated with generosity of spirit and respect.

Sustainability: CFRT realizes we must uphold the trust of our donor community. We are committed to effective and appropriate management of our resources, coupled with forward thinking investment in our future.

Cape Fear Regional Theatre Announces Receipt of Arts Council Grant – September 15, 2017

CFRT Opens 56th Season with Dreamgirls – Up & Coming Weekly, September 12, 2017

The toll of stardom detailed in musical “Dreamgirls” – The Fayetteville Observer, September 9, 2017

Fayetteville area theaters prepare for new season – The Fayetteville Observer, August 24, 2017

Artistic Director to Lead Theater into Next Era – The Fayetteville Observer, July 30, 2017

CFRT Welcomes 3rd Artistic Director in 55 Years – Up & Coming Weekly, July 25, 2017

Children, theater are Molly Malone’s focus – The Fayetteville Observer, June 17, 2017

2 Ring Circus Has Gotten Its Act Together and Taken It On The Road – American Theatre Magazine, June 14, 2017

CFRT Announces Receipt of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Summertime Kids Grant to Provide Children Scholarships to Theatre Camp – June 5, 2017

Festival attracts beer and music lovers – The Fayetteville Observer, June 3, 2017

Bill Kirby Jr.: Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s New Director ‘Good fit for Fayetteville’ – The Fayetteville Observer, June 3, 2017

Photos: Blues-N-Brews Over the Years – The Fayetteville Observer, June 2, 2017

What’s new at this year’s Fayetteville Blues-N-Brews – The Fayetteville Observer, May 30, 2017

Summertime Fun: 15th Annual Blues-N-Brews Festival – Up and Coming Weekly, May 23, 2017

Mother and son – onstage and off – The Fayetteville Observer, May 21, 2017

Review “Caroline, or Change” at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – The Fayetteville Observer, May 18, 2017

Curtains rise for dramas, comedies, and classics  – The Fayetteville Observer, May 18, 2017

Caroline, or Change is necessary, beautiful art – Up and Coming Weekly, May 17, 2017

Theater Announces New Artistic Director – The Fayetteville Observer, May 17, 2017

Cape Fear Names Mary Catherine Burke Artistic Director – American Theatre Magazine, May 16, 2017

Talking to Washing Machines and People: Caroline, or Change – Up and Coming Weekly, May 9, 2017

Play spoofs Sherlock Holmes – The Fayetteville Observer, April 12, 2017

You’ve Got to See It in Person: Baskerville – Up and Coming Weekly, April 11, 2017

Theater presents a Sherlock Holmes farce to fowl about – The Fayetteville Observer, April 9, 2017

Inventive story-telling to shine at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Up and Coming Weekly, April 2, 2017

‘Intimate Apparel’ explores emotions – The Fayetteville Observer, March 9, 2017

CFRT’s Intimate Apparel: Social Structures and Human Connection – Up and Coming Weekly, March 7, 2017

Getting ‘Intimate’ at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – The Fayetteville Observer, February 26, 2017

Cape Fear Regional Theatre previews 2017-2018 season – The Fayetteville Observer, February 21, 2017

CFRT launching program to bring members of the military, veterans to the stage – The Fayetteville Observer, February 7, 2017

Cape Fear Regional Theatre adds Mermaid shows – The Fayetteville Observer, February 6, 2017

Theatre review: Family-friendly ‘Little Mermaid’ a crowd pleaser – The Fayetteville Observer, January 25, 2017

Disney’s The Littler Mermaid Comes Ashore at CFRT – Up and Coming Weekly, January 24, 2017

Mermaid shows added Sunday and February 12 – The Fayetteville Observer, January 24, 2017

Mermaid’s tale brought to life at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – The Fayetteville Observer, January 18, 2017

Cape Fear Regional Theatre takes The Little Mermaid to new heights – The Fayetteville Observer, January 14, 2016

Local tradition brings the Herdman’s back to CFRT – Up and Coming Weekly, December 6, 2016

Cape Fear Regional Theatre Announces Receipt of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Grants to Support Endowment Efforts – CFRT, November 28, 2016

‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ tradition at CFRT – The Fayetteville Observer, November 28, 2016

Henry V X III – The Fayetteville Observer, November 4, 2016

Audience part of action in CFRT’s Henry V – The Fayetteville Observer, November 2, 2016

Play Henry V depicts war’s toll – The Fayeteville Observer, October 22, 2016

Cape Fear Regional Theatre Announces New Leadership – The Fayetteville Observer, September 19, 2016

CFRT Announces Appointment of Interim Artistic Director – CFRT, September 19, 2016

Review: “Quartet” rocking  and rolling on CFRT stage – The Fayetteville Observer, September, 2016

Bill Kirby Jr.: Theater receives $225,000 grant – The Fayetteville Observer, September 10, 2016

Music of Legends on Stage at CFRT – Up and Coming Weekly, Sepetmber 7, 2016

Local theaters weather changes – The Fayetteville Observer, September 3, 2016

Backstage crew helps make theater’s presence known – The Fayetteville Observer, August 21, 2016

Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Artistic Director, Quaintance, Resigns – The Fayetteville Observer, August 11, 2016

Theater review: CFRT’s ‘Ring of Fire’ a rousing good time – The Fayetteville Observer, May 18, 2016

‘Ring of Fire’ burning at CFRT – The Fayetteville Observer, May 8, 2016

Theater review: Old-fashioned murder and mayhem – The Fayetteville Observer, April 13, 2016

Killer comedy ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ opens Thursday at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – The Fayetteville Observer, April 3, 2016

Discount ‘Homefront’ tickets available through Sunday finale
 – The Fayetteville Observer, March 9, 2016

Theater review: Acting, staging keep ‘Downrange’ engaging – The Fayetteville Observer, March 9, 2016

Downrange: Voices From the Homefront – Up and Coming Weekly, March 9, 2016

Veteran hopes art bridges divide between military, civilians – The Fayetteville Observer, March 7, 2016

Previews for ‘Downrange’ bring military and civilian communities together
 – The Fayetteville Observer, March 2, 2016

Downrange Gives Voice to Military Spouses – Up and Coming Weekly, March 2, 2016

‘Downrange: Voices From the Homefront’ opens March 3 at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre  – The Fayetteville Observer, March 2, 2016

Monday Moment: ‘Downrange’ theater production takes shape – The Fayetteville Observer, February 29, 2016

Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s Upcoming Season a Varied Bill
 – The Fayetteville Observer, February 24, 2016

Bill Kirby Jr: This lion in “Wiz” loves the stage – The Fayetteville Observer, February 11, 2016

Yorkshire terrier Charlie stars as Toto in CFRT’s ‘The Wiz’ – The Fayetteville Observer, February 5, 2016

Theater Review – Ease on down the road to CFRT for ‘The Wiz’ – The Fayetteville Observer, 2016

New managing director at Cape Fear Regional Theatre has backstage presence – The Fayetteville Observer, January 28, 2016

‘Cape Fear Regional Theatre pays a visit to Oz in its production of ‘The Wiz.’ – The Fayetteville Observer, January 21, 2016

‘The Wiz’ Comes to CFRT – Up and Coming Weekly, January 19, 2016

‘Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner’ on stage – The Fayetteville Observer, November 5, 2015

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Opens at CFRT – Up and Coming Weekly, October 27, 2015

Relations examined in black and white – The Fayetteville Observer, October 25, 2015

Man of La Mancha Kicks Off the CFRT Theatre Season – Up and Coming Weekly, September 15, 2015

‘Man of LaMancha’ Rides Into Fayetteville – Fayetteville Observer, September 12, 2015

Man of La Mancha Kicks Off CFRT Theatre Season – Up and Coming Weekly, September 15, 2015

Blues-n-Brews beer festival is today – The Fayetteville Observer, June 2, 2015

Blues n Brews On Tap at Festival Park – Up and Coming Weekly, June 2, 2015

‘Avenue Q’ review: Mature humor with puppets works – The Fayetteville Observer, May 21, 2015

Puppet-centric musical ‘Avenue Q’ at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – The Fayetteville Observer, May 14, 2015

‘Downrange’ moves audience, delights Chapel Hill playwright – The Fayetteville Observer, May 1, 2015

‘Downrange: Voices from the Homefront’ at Cape Fear Regional Theatre May 1 – 2 – The Fayetteville Observer, April 30, 2015

Downrange: Voices from the Homefront World Premier Reading Scheduled at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Up and Coming Weekly, April 28, 2015

Theater review: Pleasant ‘Trip’ with veteran Cape Fear Regional Theatre cast – The Fayetteville Observer, April 20, 2015

Bo Thorp Returns to the CFRT to Take Us On A Trip to Bountiful – Up and Coming Weekly, April 7, 2015

Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s ‘Trip to Bountiful’ features familiar faces – The Fayetteville Observer, April 4, 2015

Cape Fear Regional Theatre sets lineup for 2015-16 season – The Fayetteville Observer, March 31, 2015

“Amadeus” actors bring Artists on the Go program to Massey Hill Classical High School – The Fayetteville Observer, March 17, 2015

Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra present ‘Amadeus’ – The Fayetteville Observer, March 14, 2015

Theater review: Cast, band ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’ – The Fayetteville Observer, March 12, 2015

‘Ain’t Misbehavin” at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre celebrates music of Fats Waller – February 26, 2015

James Wilson: Cape Fear Regional Theatre impresses on and behind stage – The Fayetteville Observer, February 26, 2015

Steve Rankin makes sure swordplay in ‘The Three Musketeers’ is safe, convincing – The Fayetteville Observer, February 2, 2015

Theater review: ‘Three Musketeers’ full of laughs and adventure – The Fayetteville Observer, January 29, 2015

Tale of ‘Three Musketeers’ comes to life on stage – The Fayetteville Observer, January 22, 2015

Town hall discussion set on ‘Voices from the Homefront’ at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – The Fayetteville Observer, January 19, 2015

Come out for a Conversation at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – The Fayetteville Observer, December 31, 2014

Skye Drive-Summertime Road gang makes Christmas bright – The Fayetteville Observer, December 25, 2014

‘Santaland Diaries’ on stage at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – The Fayetteville Observer, December 11, 2014

‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ reflects world of youthful cast – The Fayetteville Observer, December 11, 2014

‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at theater, Dec. 11-21 – The Fayetteville Observer, December 3, 2014

Theater review: Difficult topics handled with care in ‘The Bluest Eye’ – The Fayetteville Observer, November 6, 2014

Cape Fear Regional Theatre presents ‘The Bluest Eye’ through Nov. 16 – The Fayetteville Observer, October 31, 214

Panel at Cape Fear Regional Theatre discusses adaptation of controversial novel “The Bluest Eye” – The Fayetteville Observer, October 22, 2014

Meet husband-and-wife actors Sean and Jae Powell – The Fayetteville Observer, September 28, 2014

Theater reviews: ‘Spamalot,’ ‘Nunsense’ deliver laughs – The Fayetteville Observer, September 25, 2014

Theater in Fayetteville: A preview of fall shows – The Fayetteville Observer, September 18, 2014

Cape Fear Regional Theatre director leading community outreach efforts – The Fayetteville Observer, June 8, 2014

Blues-n-Brews Festival an event for the ‘big kids’ – The Fayetteville Observer, June 7, 2014

Blues-n-Brews Festival: A perfect pairing – Fayetteville Observer, June 6, 2014

Listen Up: Rock ‘n’ roll band Holy Ghost Tent Revival to headline Blues-n-Brews – Fayetteville Observer, June 6, 2014

CFRT’s Blues and Brews Has Fun on Tap at Festival Park – Up and Coming Weekly, May 27, 2014

Return to the Forbidden Planet is Out of this World – Up and Coming Weekly, May 19, 2014

Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’ offers plenty of sci-fi whimsy
 Fayetteville Observer, May 16, 2014

Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s annual river show cancelled this year – Fayetteville Observer, May 16, 2014

Broadway singer Lawrence Hamilton dead at 59 – USA Today, April 4, 2014

Broadway veteran Lawrence Hamilton, frequent CFRT guest, dies – Fayetteville Observer, April 4, 2014

Theaters’ season lineups to feature mix of comedy, drama – Fayetteville Observer, April 1, 2014

Voices from the Homefront – TCG Circle

Their Legacy, Their Future, The Piano Lesson – Up and Coming Weekly, February 28, 2014

Fayetteville Urban Ministry’s Sonny Kelly has love for acting – Fayetteville Observer, March 15, 2014

Theater Review: The value of history in ‘The Piano Lesson’ – Fayetteville Observer, March 12, 2014

Fate confronts family’s tradition in ‘The Piano Lesson’ at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Fayetteville Observer, March 7, 2014

Learn more about ‘The Piano Lesson’ at behind-the-scenes event Feb. 24 – Fayetteville Observer, February 24, 2014

Behind the scenes of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Fayetteville Observer, February 1, 2014

Theater review: Performances make Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ a winner – Fayetteville Observer, January 29, 2014

It’s My Job: Heather Cooper, theatre company stage manager – Fayetteville Observer, January 25, 2014

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ offers universal appeal for audiences – Fayetteville Observer, January 24, 2014

Fiddler on the Roof – Up and Coming Weekly, January 22, 2014

CFRT Receives Grant to Support VOICES FROM THE HOMEFRONT

‘The SantaLand Diaries’ offers humor for the mature elf – Fayetteville Observer, December 18, 2013

‘The SantaLand Diaries’ is at Cape FearRegional Theatre – Fayetteville Observer, December 13, 2013

‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Fayetteville Observer,December 6, 2013

Theater review: ‘Sweeney Todd’ is grim, exceptional – Fayetteville Observer, November 6, 2013

Theatre Review: Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street – NC Arts Review, November 4, 2013

In the Barber’s Chair – with the CFRT’s Sweeney Todd – NC Arts Review, October 2013

Sweeney Todd Comes to Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Up and Coming Weekly, October 30, 2013

‘Sweeney Todd,’ the story of a butchering barber, begins at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Fayetteville Observer, November 1, 2013

Reviews: ‘The Little Prince’ and ‘Rent’ – Fayetteville Observer, September 25, 2013

‘The Little Prince’ comes to Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Fayetteville Observer, September 20, 2013

CFRT Hopes to Delight with The Little Prince – Up and Coming Weekly, September 13, 2013

Op-Ed: Quaintance – North Carolina tax change would hurt arts effort – Fayetteville Observer, June 18, 2013

The Little Mermaid Swims into Town at the Cape Fear Regional Theatre Summer Camps – Up and Coming Weekly, June 14, 2013

Blues-n-Brews Festival is a recipe for success – Fayetteville Observer, May 31, 2013

Celebrate Blues and Brews at Festival Park – Up and Coming Weekly, May24, 2013

Have talent, will travel – Fayetteville Observer, May 23, 2013

Bluegrass and the Bible – Fayetteville Observer, May 17, 2013

The Cotton Patch Gospel Opens at Campbellton Landing – Up and Coming Weekly, May 13, 2013

Play’s witty dialogue highlights Austen classic – Fayetteville Observer, April 25, 2013

Pride and Prejudice – Up and Coming Weekly, April 15, 2013

‘Pride and Prejudice’ at Cape Fear Regional Theatre runs through May 5 – Fayetteville Observer, April 19, 2013

Cape Fear Regional Theatre announces productions for 2013-2014 season – Fayetteville Observer, March 26, 2013

History brought alive: ‘The Parchman Hour’ – Fayetteville Observer, March 13, 2013

Pitts: ‘The Parchman Hour’ succeeds on multiple levels – Fayetteville Observer, March 14, 2013

CFRT’s Parchman Hour is the Season’s Don’t Miss – Up and Coming Weekly, March 11, 2013

Theatre Review – The Parchman Hour – NC Arts Review, March 11, 2013

The Parchman Hour: A Freedom Rider’s Story – The Fayetteville Press, March 2013

Cape Fear Regional Theatre puts civil rights in spotlight with ‘The Parchman Hour’ – Fayetteville Observer, March 8, 2013

Playwright blends history, theater in ‘The Parchman Hour’ – Fayetteville Observer, March 5, 2013

Pitts: ‘Parchman Hour’ a window into civil rights history – Fayetteville Observer, March 3, 2013

Historian Tim Tyson says young people are key to social change – Fayetteville Observer, February 26, 2013

‘Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Fayetteville Observer, February 17, 2013

‘Legally Blonde’ cast to perform in cabaret – Fayetteville Observer, February 9, 2013

‘Legally Blonde’ being held over until Feb. 17 – February 5, 2013

Snaps for Legally Blonde – Up and Coming Weekly, February 4, 2013

‘Blonde’ delivers positive message – Fayetteville Observer, January 31, 2013

Pups rehearse their roles for ‘Legally Blonde’ – Fayetteville Observer, January 31, 2013

Cape Fear Regional Theatre awarded the George A. Parides Professional Theatre Award – Fayetteville Observer, January 29, 2013

Legally Blonde at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Fort Bragg Patch, January 26, 2013

Arts: On with the show – Fayetteville Observer, January 27, 2013

‘Legally Blonde’ set to open at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Fayetteville Observer, January 25, 2013

$20,000 Grant Awarded to Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Fayetteville Observer, January 4, 2013

Cape Fear Regional Theatre holds auditions for dogs to be a part of a production of ‘Legally Blonde’ – Fayetteville Observer, December 17, 2012

Shazam! Best Christmas Pageant Ever at CFRT – Up and Coming Weekly, December 3, 2012

Holiday on Stage: Meet the cast of ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ – Fayetteville Observer, November 30, 2012

Tom Littman is one actor playing 18 roles in ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ – Fayetteville Observer, November 8, 2012

Cape Fear Regional Theatre’s new play, ‘Around the World in 80 Days,’ covers a lot of ground – Fayetteville Observer, October 31, 2012

‘Around the World in 80 Days’ on stage at Cape Fear Regional Theatre – Fayetteville Observer, October 26, 2012

Announcing the 2012 – 2013 CFRT Season!

Managing Director Cape Fear Regional Theatre (CFRT) seeks a full time Managing Director. Managing Director to oversee, implement and ensure the sustainability of CFRT’s operations, programs, finances, and community support.

CFRT Mission: We believe in the power of storytelling and the visceral impact of live theatre. We strive for the highest standards of excellence in our artistic work, educational offerings, and outreach efforts. We provide the region a place to come together to laugh harder, think deeper, share our experiences and grow as a community.

The Managing Director works with Board of Directors and Artistic Director to ensure the programmatic and operational integrity, sustainability and excellence of CFRT.

Responsibilities include:

Leadership

  • The Managing Director is a highly external role, advancing the relationship between the Theatre and other organizations including government agencies, advocacy groups, and businesses.
  • Works closely with the Board to determine and implement the strategy that supports CFRTs long term vision of providing the region with a place to come together to laugh harder, think deeper, share our experiences and grow as a community.

Financial:

  • Creates budgets with Artistic Director and Board’s approval. Provides responsible fiscal oversight.  Reports monthly to the Finance Committee.
  • Currently CFRT has a 56/44% Earned to Contributed Income. The MD sets the strategy for theater’s fundraising and implements the strategy with the Board, Artistic Director, and Development Director, including grants, fundraisers, Co-Producers, Advertisement, Season Program, Patron and Season Subscriptions.
  • Creates and manages special capital campaign budgets and fundraising plans as may be necessary for expansion and renovation needs of the theatre with Board Committee.
  • Implements financial management policies and procedures, including coordinating and preparing annual audit.

Marketing:

  • Oversees the marketing strategy with Marketing Director and Audience Services Manager.
  • Ensures all community events, productions and programs have the greatest impact possible.
  • Last season over 3,000 active duty military veterans and their families received subsidized tickets to our shows. Bragg presents a large growth opportunity but it is a highly transient population and as such present a need for consistent renewal of outreach and marketing efforts to engage this part of our community.

Management:

  • Oversees the recruitment of volunteers for the organization.
  • The Managing Director helps to advance the relationship between the Theatre and various local and regional organizations, including government agencies and advocacy groups, community and local businesses and arts organizations.
  • The Managing Director/Artistic Director team presents the public face and may be called upon to speak to private and public organizations and the press.
  • Executes and upholds agreements with Actors’ Equity Association, United Scenic Artists, and Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
  • Serve as the organizational lead in securing temporary facilities and accommodations as required by the operation of the theatre.
  • Ensures compliance with all CFRT policies and procedures.
  • Work with Board President and Secretary to set board meeting agendas and ensure that all notices of meetings, minutes and records are being kept.
  • Provide appropriate staff support to Board of Directors.
  • CFRT has 16 full time employees and the Managing Director Supervises: Development Director, Marketing Director, Accountant/Bookkeeper, Box Office Manager, Audiences Services Manager, Custodial, Concessions and FOH Staff.
  • Create a culture of productivity, inclusivity and creativity.
  • Other duties as described by Board of Directors.

Qualified applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years of non-profit management experience.  A love of theatre and understanding of how the arts can foster stronger communities.  A desire to create and participate in a learning culture work environment.  High level of administration, financial and communication skills. Excellent written/oral communication skills; ability to multi-task across several projects; strong attention to detail.  Experience with QuickBooks, Excel, and Outlook. Competitive Salary. Cape Fear Regional Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.  We strongly encourage applications from women and people of color.

To apply send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and references to jobs@cfrt.org by November 3, 2017.