The Smith Center welcomes its first resident theater company

The Donald W. Reynolds Foundation’s most notable contributions in the Silver State were to the Smith Center (hence Reynolds Hall) and UNR’s Reynolds School of Journalism.
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Torrey Russell founded A Source of Joy Theatricals and its main program, Broadway in the Hood, to “create something for people who didn’t have funds to access quality theater—and not just access quality theater, but learn how to do it themselves.” Now his creation is set to be the first resident theater company at the Smith Center, thanks to a series of strong performances there.

“Whenever talented people in the community can come in and find a really good way to use the Smith Center to artistic advantage, we try to be supportive,” says COO Paul Beard.

Following Broadway in the Hood’s strong production of Once on This Island this past spring, and a good plan from Russell to build on that success, Beard took a “crowbar” to the Smith Center’s packed schedule to find time for more ASOJ shows.

While titles and dates have yet to be announced, Russell sounds ecstatic to be able to bring the talents and craft of his company to such a grand stage in high-quality productions touching on themes that are dear to him: diversity, love and service.

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