Riverfront Playhouse was created in 1981 by a few local theatre lovers with the vision of providing a community theatre for the Redding area. The first play at Riverfront Playhouse opened on July 10, 1981 at 1620 East Cypress Avenue. The following year we became a 501-c3 non-profit corporation. We are the region’s longest continually operating, all volunteer, community theatre. Today we celebrate our brand new Riverfront Playhouse at 1950 California Street in Downtown Redding.
Every phase of our operations is performed by volunteers from the Board of Directors to staff, set building crews, directors, stage hands and actors. The founders’ goal was to offer a place to encourage awareness, understanding, and appreciation of live theatre by providing a nurturing environment for acting, directing, and developing the various technical aspects of stagecraft.
Riverfront Playhouse also provides a venue for children to participate in all aspects of live theatre from set-building to production, stage crew and the tech booth, while working along-side veteran actors and directors. In addition, Riverfront provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors pursuing theatre in college.
Riverfront has also created the opportunity for other non-profit organizations to “buy out” the theatre for an evening or matinee performance at a discounted price then sell tickets at whatever price they choose to realize fundraising proceeds for their group. The profit these non-profits make goes directly to whatever cause the group wishes.
We have been in operation for over 39 years. Now we have a new vision and our theatre lovers are setting their sights on a brand-new theatre at 1950 California Street in Downtown Redding. Join us on the journey to our new theatre!