Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc., (TRT) a 501©(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization, was founded in 1991 by Dyann Robinson. Ms. Robinson holds a BA Degree in Dance from Butler University, and a MFA Degree in Drama from the Catholic University of America. She launched her 50 year career in Theatre with 20 years as a professional dancer and choreographer performing in dance companies in the United States, in Brussels Belgium as a member of Maurice Bejart’s Ballet of the Twentieth Century, and on Broadway as a member of the original cast of the musical “Bubbling Brown Sugar. She returned home to Tuskegee in 1980 , where she became Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs for the City of Tuskegee, and created the Tuskegee City Dance Theatre. When the City was no longer able to support the Department of Cultural Affairs, Ms. Robinson began her 15 year tenure as an Associate Professor of dance and theatre in the Department of Theatre at Auburn University. In 1991, while still at Auburn Ms. Robinson founded Tuskegee Repertory Theatre, Inc. and in 1997 purchased the former Post Office building in downtown Tuskegee, naming it the Jessie Clinton Arts Centre in memory of her parents and making it the home of the Tuskegee Repertory Theatre. Ms. Robinson retired from Auburn University in 1995 to devote full time to TRT.
The mission of Tuskegee Repertory Theatre is first to present theatre (dance/music/drama) that reflects the cultural legacy of the Black peoples of the world, especially African Americans, and in particular, the African American cultural legacy of historic Tuskegee/Macon County, Alabama. Secondly, the mission is to provide much needed professional level training, and performance opportunity, especially to professional and amateur African American artists, of all ages from the Tuskegee /Macon County community, and from the State of Alabama. Third, our mission is to not only provide cultural enrichment for the Tuskegee/Macon County community, and all who see the work of the theatre, but to, through the theatre's attraction of tourists to its productions, help stimulate a revitalization of the Tuskegee/Macon County community through the economic enrichment that increased tourism could provide.
The goal of Tuskegee Repertory Theatre is to make Tuskegee a Mecca for historical Black theatre just as it is a Mecca for Black achievement in education aviation, medicine, sports, music, and politics etc.