Started in a second floor walkup space that seated 50 in 1985, by Kay and Jim Thigpen, Trustus has evolved to a half of a million dollar enterprise in 22 years. The underlying principal of Trustus has always been to bring the best of the newest and original plays, to an audience craving professional theatre in a setting that is comfortable and unique.
Our uniqueness is the comfortable chairs, complimentary popcorn and bar that allows you to pretend you're really sitting at home in your living rooms while watching thought provoking, entertaining, quality theatre.
Trustus' year around season is comprised of eight mainstage productions that combine comedy, drama, musicals and a Late Night season of one-acts and sketch comedy at 11:15pm on Fridays. Over the years, we have premiered over 65 shows in the southeast, including: Angels in America, Falsettos, Beirut, Colored Museum, The Boys Next Door, The Sum of Us, The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite, Fires in the Mirror and Boy Gets Girl.
This year brings a special significance to Trustus. We have completed the renovation of the second space; we are now the theatre complex we once only dreamed about. We have a rehearsal space, a black box theatre, a shop, three offices and a storage space for set pieces, costumes and props. We hope you will come and enjoy the offerings that will be presented in the new space (the black box) which will be used for our newly created children's theatre productions, readings and short runs of plays.
There will be an awful lot going on at Trustus this 23rd year - something for everyone from 3 to 100. Won't you be part of it?
This program supported, in part, through corporate and individual donations to the United Arts Fund of the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, the City of Columbia and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Trustus is a constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, the South Carolina Theatre Association, the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Vista Guild.