Since 1991, Plan-B Theatre Company has developed and produced unique and socially conscious theatre with an emphasis on new plays by Utah playwrights.
Plan-B has produced 83 world premieres, including Utah's first by an African American playwright and first by an Asian American playwright. Nationally, five of these plays have been nominated for the American Theatre Critics Association/Steinberg Award for Best New American Play Produced Outside New York.
Plan-B is the only theatre company in Utah fully devoted to the development and production of new plays by Utah playwrights, and, as noted by the Dramatists Guild of America, the only professional theatre company in the United States producing full seasons of new work by local playwrights. Plan-B is also the only theatre company in Utah history to publish anthologies of its work, to have toured coast-to-coast, toured internationally and transferred a production off-Broadway.
Given the increased difficulty public schools face in attending professional, off-site arts events, Plan-B launched its Free Elementary School Tour in 2013, offering free, in-school performances.
Plan-B believes in sharing stories with a local point-of-view as well as global stories from a local perspective. The company strives to create and nourish a pool of local playwrights to rival that found in any other city in the country, to assist local theatregoers in valuing the work of local playwrights alongside that of nationally prominent playwrights.
Plan-B is honored to partner with The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists to produce one play each season by a Utah playwright age 35 or younger, in memory of our dear friend Davey, who created roles in three Plan-B productions between 2008-2012.
Plan-B is the proud recipient of many awards, including:
- Governor's Organization Leadership in the Arts Award (2015)
- SLC's Mayor's Artist Award for Service to the Arts by an Organization (2015)
- Best Drama, United Solo Theatre Festival, New York (2013)
- Transgender Education Advocates of Utah's Organization of the Year (2013)
- Human Rights Campaign's Equality Award - Organization (2011)
- Transgender Education Advocates of Utah's Organization of the Year (2010)
- Equality Utah's Allies for Equality Award - Organization (2007)
- 20 QSaltLake Fabby Awards (2005-present), including 'Best Local Theatre Company' all 11 years the award has existed
- 49 City Weekly Slammy/Arty Awards (2000-present), including 'Best Local Theatre Production' 13 of the past 14 seasons
Performances and mailing address at the Rose Wagner
138 W 300 S | SLC, UT 84101
Office 801.297.4200 | Tickets 801.355.ARTS
Jerry Rapier, Producing Director
Cheryl Ann Cluff, Managing Director
Randy Rasmussen, Technical Director
Jennifer Freed, Stage Manager
Matthew Ivan Bennett, Resident Playwright
Eric Samuelsen, Resident Playwright
Michael Johnson, Intern
Board of Trustees
Jesse Nix, President
Tami Marquardt, Vice President
Kay Shean, Secretary
Brian Doughty, Treasurer
Benjamin Brown | Rebecca Chavez-Houck | Brian Johnson | Rick Pollock
Plan-B Benefit Performances Program
has raised funds for 50+ non-profit organizations since its inception in 2000.
Plan-B is the resident theatre company
of Salt Lake County Center for the Arts venues in downtown Salt Lake City.
The Lab Playwrights
Matthew Ivan Bennett | Carleton Bluford | Elaine Jarvik | Julie Jensen | Jenny Kokai | Melissa Leilani Larson | Jenifer Nii | Eric Samuelsen | Rob Tennant | Debora Threedy
Plan-B is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network and operates under a Letter of Agreement with Actors' Equity Association and an Independent Producers Agreement with the Stage Directors & Choreographers Society.