Purchase Supporter Options
HARTThrob Membership(up to a $228 value)
- $320 per couple (up to a $456 value).
- Admission to all 9 HART Main Stage productions.
- Admission to two HART Studio productions.
- Complimentary beverage coupons (8 per couple, 4 single) may be used for house wine or any other concession item.
- Playbill recognition.
- Providing the foundation for our productions includes all 9 main stage shows.
The Director's Guild(donation*)
- $500 donation per couple*
- Admission to all HART events on the Main Stage.
- Admission to all HART Studio productions.
- Complimentary glass of House Wine and concession items at each HART Main Stage event.
- Playbill recognition.
- Supporting HART’s ongoing operations, the HART Internship program, the Rodwell Gallery, and equipment upgrades in the Performing Arts Center.
The Producer's Circle(donation*)
- $1,000 donation per couple*
- Admission to ALL HART EVENTS IN THE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – HART’s Main Stage, HART’S Studio, as well Haywood’s Got Talent and any other special performances during the year.
- Annual Producers Circle Champaign Reception – A special event just for Producers Circle Members in June featuring a preview of the summer Cabaret, and the Main Stage summer musical with the guest artists for the season and a tour of the new theatre construction site.
- Free beverages and concession items at all HART events – including complimentary premium wines at each main stage performance.
- Playbill recognition as a Stage II and HART Season supporter.
- All funds raised from annual Producers Circle Memberships go towards capital improvements at the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, endowment and debt retirement.
*HART is a non-profit tax exempt organization and contributions beyond the normal ticket price may be tax deductible.
Season Flex Passes
Purchase Flex Pass Options
Silver Flex Pass($138 value)
- $92 – Senior (a $114 value).
- Good for 6 admissions to any of HART’s 8 Main Stage Productions.
Golden Flex Pass($182 value)
- $115 – Senior (a $150 value).
- Good for 8 admissions to HART’s 8 Main Stage Productions.
Welcome to one of the treasures of Western North Carolina. Nestled in the shadow of Cold Mountain in Waynesville, North Carolina, The HART Theatre, founded in 1985, is a semi-professional community theatre showcasing the talents of the people of the region and beyond.
The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House opened in 1997, and funded by the support of people throughout the community, HART’s home is a stunning facility constructed in the style of the traditional Summer Stock playhouses of the 1920’s. Architect Joe Sam Queen and builder Pat Burgin used native materials to create a facility that is both grand and informal. HART succeeded in paying off the mortgage on the facility in just four years, undertook an expansion in 2003 which was also paid for by the time it was completed.
The theater is now in the midst of another expansion, adding the new Daniel and Belle Fangmeyer Theater, along with the Harmon’s Den Bistro, named in honor of John and Susie Harmon. The Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House contains the James Auditorium, a 255-seat traditional proscenium space named in honor of longtime supporters Phil and Loraine James, the Daniel and Belle Fangmeyer Theater, a 140 seat flexible performance space, and the 75-seat Feichter Studio Theatre, named in honor of HART founder’s Rex and Elisabeth Feichter. The Fangmeyer Theater also houses Harmon’s Den Bistro, a full service farm to table restaurant named in honor of John and Suzie Harmon.
The facility sits on an eight acre National Historic site owned by the Shelton House Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts. The 19th Century structures are open to the public and contain a vast treasure of work by artists from the region and beyond.
In addition to its own productions, HART has played host to events by Folkmoot USA, the Smoky Mountain Brass Band, Voices in the Laurel, and the Haywood County Arts Council’s series of concerts, including the Swannanoa Chamber Music Festival. HART also operates the Rodwell Visual Arts Gallery and has an Internship program for young aspiring professional actors.
HART’s activities have helped spur economic development in the region and introduce a generation of young people to the magic of theatre, many of whom are pursuing theatrical degrees thanks to HART’s encouragement and training. All of HART’s activities and the maintenance of the Performing Arts Center are made possible thanks to the generous support of people like you.
- North Carolina Community Theatre of the Year
- Three-Time Winner: N.C. Theatre Festival AACT/Fest
- Two-Time Winner: S.E. Theatre Festival AACT/Fest
- Acting and Technical Winner: National AACT/Fest Theatre Festival
- Participant: Edinburgh Scotland International Theatre Fringe Festival
Meet the Staff
HART, under the leadership of Executive Director Steven Lloyd, has grown into one of the most successful theatres in the Southeast, producing a year-round schedule of plays and musicals. Steve has guided HART since 1990. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Greensboro, the Winston-Salem native toured extensively as a professional actor, and is now an inactive member of Actors Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. He grew up in a show business family, his grandparents having once owned a carnival and his grandfather once worked in vaudeville. He began working on carnival midways at the age of eight, became a puppeteer and magician in his teens, performed in shopping malls up and down the East Coast while in college, and even danced as part of the company in the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills.” Steve came to Haywood County as a North Carolina Visiting Artist in 1988. Prior to that he had written “The Actor and The Assassin,” a two character play based on the lives of brothers Edwin and John Wilkes Booth, which was produced in 1987 staring Steve and actor Jerry Sipp. The production was then picked up by an agent in Atlanta, and later New York and the two actors toured off and on in the production for the next seventeen years. It was the income from that play that made it possible for Steve to work for HART in the early years for little or no money. Steven Lloyd has served as President of the North Carolina Theater Conference and Chair of the Southeastern Theater Conference Community Theater Festival. He has been honored for his service with the Herman Middleton Award from NCTC.
Facility Manager and Shop Carpenter
Tom Dewees, a native of Sylva, serves as Facility Manager and Shop Carpenter. He has been involved with HART since 1997 when the new theater was inaugurating its first season and has appeared in more productions that any other actor. He regularly steps in to fill small character roles. Tom is one of those people who seems to know how virtually everything works. In 2006 he appeared in HART’s production of “My Fair Lady” as Alfred Doolittle. Later that year he married Sherry on the HART stage, carried on to the tune of “I’m Getting’ Married in the Mornin.’”
Box Office Manager
Sherry Dewees is a Haywood County native who began as a backstage volunteer, then as the most sought after stage manager, and finally in 2011 she took over as Box Office Manager. In addition to her duties with HART she works for the Haywood County Schools with children with special needs.
Charles Mills is a Haywood County native who began designing posters for HART shortly after finishing Tuscola High School. He went on to study graphic design and make a successful career in that business but he also serves on HART’s staff as overall designer of everything from HART’s logo to the page you are looking at now.
Christy Bishop has been developing her culinary skills for over two decades. In addition to being a fine Chef and overseeing the outfitting of HARMON’S DEN BISTRO at HART, she is an accomplished actress, photographer and artist. Christy is a native of Asheville and holds Bachelor’s degree from Appalachian Stage University. Audiences have seen her on the HART stage in “Orpheus Descending,” “Zelda” and “The Belle of Amherst.”
Plan Your Visit
HART (The Haywood Arts Regional Theater) is a semi-professional, community theater which offers paid positions to professional and semi-professional actors in leading or specialty roles and volunteer opportunities in all roles to community theater actors.
UPCOMING AUDITIONS for Ensemble and Character Roles for Community Theater Actors
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR; AUDITIONS: May 9 & 10 at 6:30 in the HART Studio Theater. This is a musical and anyone auditioning should come prepared to sing with sheet music. An Accompanist will be provided. ROLES for Men, Women and Children. The production opens on July 8 and runs through July 31. Rehearsals are typically Mon. – Thurs. from 6:30-9 and everyone is not called every night. Conflicts can be worked around until the final week when everyone is required. Rehearsals will begin May 23.
Actors who define themselves as community theater actors are offering to donate their time on stage as volunteers. They may be cast in any role including leading parts. Actors in this category may, or may not have experience and/or training. Experienced actors may simply be electing to donate their time and talent. Inexperienced actors are joining the company and learning the craft in process. When auditioning community theater actors will be asked to cold read from the script. They are not expected to have photos or resumes but should try to bring sheet music or recorded accompaniment if auditioning for a musical.
Actors who define themselves as professional or semi-professional are expected to have prior professional experience on stage and/or training in theater from a college theater program. Actors in this category may be students pursuing a degree in theater at the University level, actors who have theater degrees and actors who have appeared on stage in the region in leading roles or character roles over a number of years. An actor in this category is expected to present a professional audition – a prepared monologue (not necessarily from the show being cast) sheet music for an accompanist if it is a musical audition, and a professional 8×10 photo with attached resume. Actors not prepared in this way may audition as community theater actors.
HART is unable to compensate professional and semi-professional actors at a level which truly recognizes the value of their talent, training, or time in the way a fully professional company may. The level of compensation generally ranges from $10 – $30 per performance, depending on the size of the role, and the actors experience. This is negotiated with the director who has to cast within a budget. This limited compensation is offered primarily to help define the role as “professional” on a resume, and to acknowledge the value of the actor’s training and experience.
Anyone in the cast traveling from outside of Haywood County may apply for a gas stipend of up to $100 to help defray some of the expense of commuting to the theater.
HART on occasion employs actors who are members of Actors Equity Association under a Special Appearance contract. Due to the expense these actors are usually brought in one week before tech and are expected to be able to step into a role with very limited rehearsal time. Contract terms are negotiated individually but Equity performers are expected to be available as needed during their contract.
Give us a call:
Stop by for a visit:
250 Pigeon St. in Waynesville, NC
Box Office Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday, 1-5 PM