Founded in 2010, The Wilbury Group produces plays by artists on the cutting-edge of theatre and reimagined classics from the canon. We pride ourselves on our pursuit of excellence in acting and design, a less-is-more aesthetic, and a commitment to creating an engaging audience experience with every production.
As the official resident theatre company in the historic Trinity Square Theater at the Southside Cultural Center since 2013, The Wilbury Group is committed to providing a diverse and evolving community with affordable access to the performing arts through our Education program, public outreach programs, and our continued professional productions of cutting-edge theatre from around the world.
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The Wilbury Theatre Group is an ever-evolving collaboration of artists committed to creating the highest quality professional theatre. Founded on the belief that quality theatre should be an affordable and accessible means of enrichment to the community; The Wilburys strive to create work that will simultaneously engage, inspire, and provoke-thought among audiences.
In May 1988 Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty, George Harrison, and Roy Orbison (above) got together and calling themselves The Travelling Wilburys, more or less by accident wrote and recorded an album of music that spanned each of their respective styles and genres to create what many critics have hailed as a near-perfect collaboration. They left their egos at the door, and all (with ‘Sidebury’ Jim Keltner on drums) took turns leading, following, writing and filling in wherever it was needed.
It's with these ideals of collaboration and selflessness in mind, and a recognition that every individual artists unique talents contribute to a greater whole, that The Wilbury Theatre Group was founded.
FUN FACT The term "Wilbury" was a slang term first used by Harrison during the recording of his landmark solo album Cloud Nine, produced by Jeff Lynne. Referring to recording errors created by some faulty equipment, Harrison jokingly remarked to Lynne, "We'll bury 'em in the mix".
As a growing company that thrives itself on finding and working with some of the best local talent available, we love hearing from new people looking to get involved. Send us a note, or consider one of these ways to get involved with an award-winning bootstrap theatre company:
The Wilbury Group holds season auditions for Equity Actors Association (AEA) and non-AEA actors each spring for the coming season. Auditions are announced through our mailing list, on this site, in The Providence Journal and other local newspapers, and on the StageSource hotline. Role-specific auditions are held at the artistic director’s discretion and announced in the same sources. Learn more or view current audition opportunities.
Volunteers have always been a key to our success. Whether it's helping build the set, providing expertise on marketing and fundraising ideas, or ushering at a show, you help us make it happen. Learn more about how you can help.
To submit a new work (full-length play, translation or adaptation) for consideration at The Wilbury Group, please follow these instructions.
Dry Land** by Ruby Rae Spiegel; directed by Josh Short
Cain + Abel* by Ben Jolivet; directed by Susie Schutt
Passing Strange by Stew & Heidi Rodewald; directed by Brien Lang with music by Tom Grace & Matt Requintina
Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner, sort-of-adapted from The Seagull by Anton Chekhov; directed by Mark Peckham
Murder Ballad** book by Julia Jordan, music by Juliana Nash; directed by Wendy Overly with music by Courtney Swain
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth; directed by Josh Short
Vessel* by Andy Russ (workshop)
Invisible UpSouth* by Christopher Johnson & Vatic Kuumba, inspired by Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison