ABOUT MONTANA REP

“The history of Montana Repertory Theatre is filled with stories
from struggle to stardom, and of course, drama.”

Now one of the most dynamic and respected touring companies in the country, Montana Repertory Theatre was established as a professional touring company in 1967, providing professional theatre to our own and neighboring Western states at an affordable cost. Our mission is to tell the great stories of our world to enlighten, develop, and celebrate the human spirit in an ever-expanding community.

Montana Rep assembles principle actors, directors, and designers with prestigious credits, including Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours of Broadway shows, and major regional theatre credits. Beginning in 1992, the Montana Rep inaugurated an expanded residency program, perfect for high school assembles and classrooms, for which study guides are provided. Residency activities are also supplemented by standard professional theatre workshops.

With 1994-95 tours of Broadway Bound and Smoke on the Mountain, we centered our activities in Montana, Wyoming, Utah, California, Texas, and Nebraska. In 1996 we toured The Sunshine Boys and added additional Midwestern states to the tour. The 1997 and 1998 tours marked the Rep’s first full-fledged national tours with To Kill a Mockingbird, traveling from California to New York. The Rep has continued our national touring presence with It’s a Wonderful Life; The Diary of Anne Frank; Death of a Salesman; A Streetcar Named Desire; Steel Magnolias; The Trip to Bountiful; Lost in Yonkers; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Leading Ladies; Bus Stop; Doubt, a parable; Biloxi Blues; and The Miracle Worker. In addition, our Educational Outreach Tour serves over fifty rural communities across Montana, presenting plays based on American and world literature.

Montana Repertory Theatre is funded in part by a grant from the Montana Arts Council (an agency of state government), with support from the Montana State Legislature, the University of Montana, the Montana Cultural Trust, Dr. Cathy Capps, Dr. Sandy Sheppard, and The Shubert Foundation. This funding helps us maintain the most affordable fees of any comparable theatre on the road today.

Montana Rep delivers a theatrical experience in its entirety, bringing with it everything from lighting to sound design. Completely self-contained, the Rep offers presenters large and small—in facilities ranging from new performing arts centers to high school gyms—the opportunity to enjoy first-class theatre.

The Professional Ensemble

Montana Repertory Theatre operates under an agreement with the Actors’ Equity Association and the University/Resident Theatre Association.

The Rep auditions nationally to assemble a team of actors, directors, and designers with prestigious credits including Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours of Broadway shows, and major regional theatre.

Principal roles are played by actors whose past credits have included Broadway runs and national tours (A Chorus Line, Crimes of the Heart, Into the Woods, Biloxi Blues, Steel Magnolias, Pump Boys and Dinettes, My Fair Lady, Cabaret, and The Will Rogers Follies); major motion pictures; the Grand Ole Opry; and productions by the nation’s leading regional theatres.

Actors’ Equity Association (“AEA” or “Equity”), founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 48,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans, for its members. Actors’ Equity is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. See the AEA historical overview.

Adopted almost a century ago, Equity’s constitution states that the goal of the association is “to advance, promote, foster, and benefit all those connected with the art of theatre.” This straightforward directive still remains the finest statement of Equity’s mission.

The University/Resident Theatre Association (U/RTA) advances theatre by connecting educational theatre programs with professional theatre and performing arts industries, promoting professional practices and artistic excellence in higher education, and assisting students with their transition into the profession.

The Artistic Director

Greg Johnson has served as artistic director of the Montana Rep since 1990. He brought with him a commitment to excellence developed during years of experience in the New York theatre, where he worked with the best directors, choreographers, actors, designers, and playwrights in the country. From Neil Simon and Gene Saks to Hugh Leonard, Melvin Bernhardt, Elizabeth Ashley, Beth Henley, Christine Baranski, Andie MacDowell, and Barnard Hughes, Greg has been privileged to work with the finest. He brings his energy and expertise to every aspect of his involvement with Montana Rep.

Greg Johnson’s Broadway credits include Biloxi Blues; Crimes of the Heart; Is There Life After High School?; Da; and Hide and Seek. National tours include the Broadway productions of Steel Magnolias, Crimes of the Heart, and Biloxi Blues. Greg spent nineteen years working in the professional theatre in New York City as an actor, stage manager, and director before coming to Montana to head Montana Rep.

Since joining Montana Rep, Greg has directed and produced over 100 theatre events, including Broadway Bound; The Heidi Chronicles; Someone Who’ll Watch over Me; Lend Me a Tenor; Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; The Real Thing; The Voice of The Prairie; Thom Pain; Ashes to Ashes; The Dumbwaiter; Anton in Show Business; Eating ’round the Bruise; and Antigone: 2026. He also directed the national tours of It’s a Wonderful Life; Death of a Salesman; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Trip to Bountiful; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; Leading Ladies; Doubt, a parable; and Biloxi Blues. In addition, he is responsible for development of the Missoula Colony: A Celebration of Artists in Support of the Writers’ Craft at the University of Montana, and Montana Rep Missoula, which brought cutting-edge theatre to downtown audiences. Greg has served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and, with the Rep, is a member of Theatre Communications Group, a national network of regional theatres. He serves on the faculty of the University of Montana College of Visual and Performing Arts.