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Annie Russell Theatre

The longest continuously operating theater in Florida and named to the National Register of Historic Places, the Annie Russell Theatre stages an exciting season of musicals and plays that feature student performers. 

Welcome to the Annie!

"There is probably no more powerful force for change in this uncertain and crisis-ridden world than young people and their art. It is the consciousness of the world breaking away from the strangle grip of an archaic social order."
– Luis J. Rodriguez

It’s difficult to make plans right now. Here in the Department of Theatre & Dance we’ve many times taken apart and put back together the Annie’s 2020-2021 season.

Pre-pandemic we made a commitment that continues to guide us while imagining Annie’s 88th season: for the first time in our history, every play we produce — on both stages, all year — will be written by female playwrights. The Annie’s origin story is a women’s story: the theatre was built on the campus of Rollins College in 1932, a gift from philanthropist Mary Curtis Bok in honor of her dear friend, the renowned actress Annie Russell. We honor that profound gift of friendship as we take the opportunity to celebrate women’s voices in American theatre.

As you explore our season, please note our capacity limitations and other COVID-19 safety precautions. We are keeping the safety and comfort of our students and patrons front-of-mind as we navigate the year ahead.

As theatre artists we believe that through our work we can illuminate our common humanity, lessen the distance between people, and expand the “seeing” that is the very essence of theatre and of change. We’ve already begun our work on this fiercely feminine season and can’t wait to share it with you.

Thomas Ouellette
Professor of Theatre & Dance
Producing Director, Annie Russell Theatre
September 2020



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