Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre Announces Endowment

Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) has announced the formation of the SART Endowment. For almost 50 years, the theatre has continuously supported the arts in the greater Western North Carolina area, and now has the opportunity to solidify that support through its newly-founded endowment. “We’ve launched the SART Endowment this year to help secure the legacy of SART for generations to come,” Leif Brodersen, Director of Development at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, said. “The initial goal of the SART Endowment,” Brodersen stated, “is that it can sustainably fund one mainstage production each year.”

As a theatre dedicated to paying artists fairly, mainstage productions can be costly for the non-profit, and the new endowment serves as a way to relieve that monetary strain, while passing on the legacy of artistic excellence SART offers to coming generations. The endowment is just one of many big announcements SART has made during the first weeks of its 50th season, and the theatre is excited to explore how it can ensure access to the arts for coming generations.


Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre (SART) is a professional theatre company in residence at the historic Owen Theatre in Mars Hill, North Carolina. Founded in 1975 by director and theatre educator Jim Thomas, SART has produced scores of original works, plays, and musicals over the years portraying the rich culture and heritage of Southern Appalachia.