The Magnetic Theatre

is a not-for-profit production company that gives original works and the people who make them a home to share with enthusiastic audiences. We are proud to be the only professional theatre in the southeast (that we know of) dedicated to world premieres, and one of the few in the country. Our motto is “New Plays, Locally Grown,” because almost all of the more than four dozen plays we’ve debuted since 2009 (three of which we’ve taken to The New York International Fringe Festival) have been written, directed, designed, performed, and staffed by Asheville residents. Operating year-round out of our beautiful home, Magnetic 375 (375 Depot Street in the River Arts District), The Magnetic Theatre believes that all the great ages of playwrighting have depended on theatre people living and working in an actual community like Asheville, and writing and producing works for that community.


Artistic Director: Steven Samuels (

Artistic Associates: John Crutchfield, Kirstin Leigh Daniel, Lucia Del Vecchio, Kristi DeVille, Katie Jones, Rodney Smith, Henry Williamson III

Artistic Associate Emeritus: Katie Anne Towner

Founding Producing Director: Chall Gray

Venue/Technical Director: Abby Auman

Front of House Manager: Marissa Wilson

Marketing Associate: Lisa Yoffee

Resident Lighting Designer: Jason Williams

Photographer: Rodney Smith/Tempus Fugit Design

Graphics Designer: Jim Julien

Board of Directors: Jenny Hassler, Tracey Johnston-Crum, Jim Julien, Leslie Klingner

The Magnetic Theatre, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation. We would be happy to share our governing documents, conflict of interest policy, financial statements, and IRS Forms 1023 and 990 upon request. For further information, please email

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