Bankside Rep began as an idea by a group of like-minded theatre directors, actors, and educators many years ago. The desire was to start a professional theatre company in the Riverbend region of Illinois – a place where these artists could produce thought-provoking work that would also entertain, uplift, and inspire. In 2015 the six founding members began talks with Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, Illinois. Jacoby quickly took the group under its wing, providing a theatre home for the company. By May of 2015 Bankside Repertory Theatre Company had officially formed and was in residence at Jacoby.
The company started out by producing a series of one-act plays in the summer, each performed before one of Jacoby’s concerts. Then, in October the company began its official first season, producing Call Me Waldo: A Transcendental Comedy by Rob Ackerman, directed by Trish Brown. Waldo was followed by an original work, A Dickens of a Tale, written and directed by Geoff Callaway. Bankside rounded out its first season with Love Letters by A.R. Gurney directed by Caleb King, and closed with an evening of one-acts headlined by Hidden In This Picture by Aaron Sorkin.
Season 2 opened with Aaron Posner's Who Am I This Time? And Other Conundrums of Love, directed by Caleb King. Our Christmas show, Silent Night, Holy Noely, was another original work written and directed by Geoff Callaway. Our final play of the season was August Strindberg's classic, Miss Julie, adapted by Craig Lucas and directed by Sue Ellen Coughtry.
Check out our home page for a summary of our 2017 - 2018 season, with news about our 2018-19 Season coming soon!
All of us at Bankside are so grateful to be a part of Jacoby Arts Center and the Alton Community. Thanks for being a part of our journey!