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General Information about HART
HART, or Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, is nestled in the shadow of Cold Mountain right off of the Main Street in historic downtown Waynesville. HART has been serving its community for over 35 years as the premium theatre of Waynesville, NC. With 3 performance spaces and a recent addition of an outdoor stage, HART is able to offer year-round quality theatre to patrons and artists alike. Our Main stage offers the traditional proscenium seating with a handcrafted barn style auditorium of 255 seats. Our Fangmeyer theatre offers audiences and artists unique opportunities with an open seating plan allowing for seating in the round, thrust, alleyway, and everything in between! Our Feichter Studio offers a small black box experience with the ability to seat approximately 70 and is occasionally used for our studio season. HART has also begun to explore outdoor theatre and hopes to offer more outdoor performance opportunities in the HART amphitheater located in between our two buildings.
In addition to our main season and studio season, HART also offers incredible opportunities for education through our Kids at HART program. With a full line up of classes, 2 shows every spring and fall semester, and summer theatre camps offered every summer, Kids at HART is leading the way in Waynesville for Theatre education.
HART has a parking lot with 100 spaces and a driveway for drop offs.
From January through April, HART presents a more daring, edgy, and intimate season with our annual Studio Season. Five to Six shows are selected through artist proposals and reflect the stories our community wants to explore.
The studio season is also a great way for new directors to become involved at HART. All directors must present a studio show or assistant direct a main stage show before applying to direct in our main season. Applications for the next season’s studio shows will be available at the end of summer.
Theatre Education, Classes, and Camps
The Academy at HART, our theatre education program, was founded by Shelia Sumpter, who brings a lifetime of experience and knowledge to the young theatre enthusiasts of Waynesville. The Academy at HART never charges for children to be in shows, auditions and performances are a free and incredible opportunity for kids to learn more about theatre with hands on experience. The Academy at HART offers a musical and play in both the spring and fall.
The Academy at HART also offers an array of educational opportunities with full spring and fall semesters. These classes run for 8-12 weeks and offer an in depth look at topics such as acting, dance, directing, choreography, and stage craft. We stay busy in the summer as well with two to four summer theatre camps! These week-long day camps are great for all ages and experience levels. You can learn more by visiting the Academy at HART page on our website or by following Kids at HART on Instagram and Facebook
You can visit harttheatre.org/auditions for up to date information about auditions at HART. We hold season auditions in February each year. This gives actors a chance to audition for all of the HART season shows. To be considered for a small actors stipend, actors must bring a headshot and resume and prepare a short monologue and/or a 16-32 bar cut of a musical theatre song. HART often has additional auditions throughout the year as directors finish casting for each of their shows.
The Academy at HART productions audition on a show by show basis. Audition information can be found on the Academy at HART page and on our auditions page. The Academy at HART production auditions are held separately from HART season auditions.
HART is proud to partner with local colleges, universities and trade schools to help in the education of young artists while providing real world experience. We have opportunities for Marketing, Technology, Sound and Lighting, Set Construction and Design, Administrative Internships, and more! We can provide free housing for interns. If you are an intern or university looking to learn more about what an internship at HART looks like, please email email@example.com
How to get involved
HART has endless opportunities for volunteers! We have artistic opportunities such as acting, costume design, scenic painting, set and lighting design as well as easy and rewarding opportunities such as becoming an usher, concessions attendant, box office worker, or helping with set. Many of our volunteer opportunities also get you free attendance to a performance as a thank you for your time. No matter what your skill level is, we have a way for you to join the HART family.
Box Office Hours and Information
Our Box Office is open from noon-5pm Tuesdays-Fridays and is closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. You can purchase tickets by calling our box office at (828) 456-6322 or online at harttheatre.org.
Box Office Will Call starts 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Our Winter Box Office Hours start in late October and are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3-5pm from October-April.
If you have a question for our box office manager, Kristen, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at the box office.
HART operates on a tiered ticketing system to make enjoying theatre affordable for everyone! Our premier seats are priced at $37.50, our middle tier is $27.50 a ticket, and our discount tier is just $17.50 a ticket. Our main stage has proscenium seating with center rows A-F as the premier seats, Center rows G-K and aisle seats on left and right in our middle tier, and all seating along the walls row A-K represent our discount seating.
Seating in our Fangmeyer theatre changes regularly and allows our directors to experiment with different staging styles. Please call the box office or go online to view each Fangmeyer shows seating.
Typically, evening show times on Fridays and Saturdays are at 7:30pm with some weekends including a Thursday at 7:30pm showtime. We offer 2pm Matinees on Sundays. Some exceptions apply and we recommend that you always check show times online before coming to the theatre. Doors to the theatre open 30 minutes prior to show time. Box office and will call will be open 30 minutes prior to the performance.
Late Seating and Cancellation/Refund Policy
There will be no late seatings past ten minutes of show start time. If you arrive within 10 minutes of the show time, an usher will take you to an open seat at the back of the house as to not disturb other patrons. There will be no late seating for studio season shows.
If you can not make it to a show and need to cancel or reschedule your ticket, please call the box office at (828) 456-6322 as soon as you know. To receive a refund, you must notify the box office no later than 3 hours before show time. i.e. no later than 4:30pm for a 7:30 pm show or 11am for a 2pm show. Within 3 hours of showtime we can give you credit on your account to use for another date.
Ticket Discounts and Group Ticketing
Students (college students and kids 18 and under) receive a $5 discount on any ticket. Seniors (65+) receive a $2 discount on any ticket. Groups of 10 or more will receive a group discount of two dollars off per ticket. To make group reservations please call our box office at 456-6322 and ask to speak with Kristen our box office manager.
If you help as an usher or concessions attendant, you can stay and see the show for free on the night you volunteer. To sign up please visit our volunteer page.
HART is ADA compliant and has accessible seating in all spaces. Wheelchair accessibility is directly across from the Box Office for a show in the Main Stage. For wheelchair accessibility for the Fangmeyer, please drive to the back of our parking lot, entering across from the Handicap parking spaces and following the brick path to the front of the building. If you need to request wheelchair or walker accessible seating, please call our box office for assistance.
Hearing assistance is available for all Main stage and Fangmeyer theatre productions that use microphones. For hearing assistance, please go to the concessions attendants and they will help. You will be asked to leave a credit card or your keys as a place holder with the concessions attendant.
Haywood Farmers Market
HART hosts the Haywood farmers market every Saturday morning! Local farm and craft vendors set up in the HART parking lot from 9am-12pm. You can find an assortment of plants, foods, handmade crafts, coffee and live music April 3rd – December 18th
Event Space Rentals
We are currently not accepting outside space rentals at HART. We hope to bring back rentals in the future but our staff is currently too small to support rentals. Very few exceptions will be made. If you have been a part of the HART family and would like to ask about a certain event, you can email Candice Dickinson, our Artistic Director, at email@example.com
Rentals and Donations
We rent out backdrops, costumes, and props locally as another way to engage with our community. We no longer rent outside of the Western North Carolina region. For inquiries please email Julie Kinter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We take costume and prop donations year round. You can email email@example.com to arrange a drop off time.
Lost and Found
HART’s Lost and Found is located in our main stage box office. Box office is open from 12-5pm Tuesday-Friday. Please call or stop by for any lost items.
Harmon’s Den, HART’s Bistro, is currently closed. This was unfortunately one aspect of the theatre we had to say goodbye to during the pandemic. We hope to reopen the Bistro in the future but it may look a little different. We plan to use our kitchen for dinner theatres and for special events and fundraisers.
If you, or someone you know, has interest in opportunities as a chef or cook, please contact our Artistic Director, Candice, at firstname.lastname@example.org