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Performing Arts


Repertory Theatre




Backstage Production


Digital Content Creation

There are a variety of opportunities at Phillis Wheatley Community Center for those interested in the performing arts. Below are a variety of programs. If you are interested in participating, please call 864.240.4242 to learn more.


Internship Available

Looking for experience in the performing arts industry? The part-time Administrative Assistant Intern will assist the Performing Arts Director with a variety of tasks.

Repertory Theatre

Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theatre is a performing arts program for middle and high school students, ages 10 – 18. Students participate in practices on the evenings and weekends in our new practice facility and learn the art of music, performance and broadcasting. The Theatre has collaborative partnerships with the Greenville Fine Art Center and The Peace Center. Many of the theatre’s productions are hosted at the Center, and our students are often invited to perform in the community at festivals and other events.

Students are mentored and supported through the practices and performances. Through the discipline and expression required in the theatre program, we teach life skills and teamwork. Repertory Theatre students are well-positioned for success and go on to graduate from high school and attend college at high rates.

Digital Content Creation

Podcasting, Filmmaking, Music Production, Graphics, and Broadcasting/Live Streaming techniques are taught to students who show interest. Onsite/Offsite instructional teaching will be conducted by our staff and our collaborative partners, The Peace Center, The Fine Arts Center, and The Warehouse Theatre.


Over its 100+ year history Phillis Wheatley Community Center has almost always had an element of performing arts programming. In the mid-1980s, after a very successful summer camp finale performance with 70+ students, that programming was made a permanent part of the Center when Clark Nesbitt and Dwight Woods, both famous composers and producers of musicals and music, founded the Phillis Wheatley Repertory Theatre for youth.

Repertory Theatre Alumni

Several Repertory Theatre students have gone on to fruitful careers in the performing arts, including:

Phillip Boykin, a performer on opera stages and Broadway, who received a Tony Award nomination for his 2012 performance in “Porgy and Bess”.

Singer Gigi Allen, who has traveled the world performing solo as well touring with Peabo Bryson and Kenny G.

​​Producer Dontavious Ladson, award winning producer who’s worked with artist such as Tasha Cobbs-Leonard, Todd Galberth, William Murphy and others.

Delvin Choice, top 8 finalist from TV show “The Voice”.

Ruby Durham, on-air personality, news anchor, and current Miss North Carolina.

Upcoming Performances