Renaissance Theatre Company launches under former CFCArts director in newly purchased Ivanhoe Village space

click to enlarge An illustration of the planned theater that will host the RTC. - Illustration by Landon St. Gordon
Illustration by Landon St. Gordon
An illustration of the planned theater that will host the RTC.

A new theater company is coming to the area near Loch Haven Park, under the tutelage of a longtime CFCArts director. Renaissance Theatre Company will launch in their recently purchased warehouse-turned-theater space at 415 E. Princeton Street with Donald Rupe at the helm.

The building was purchased for $4.8 million by RTC boardmember Chris Kampmeier, a philanthropist who was among the team that built the commerce app Square. Kampmeier has lived in Orlando since 2015 and collaborated with Rupe several times on productions.

“A thriving arts and cultural community is one of the strongest indicators of a flourishing city, and people with means can contribute by creating good-paying jobs for upcoming artists who want to bring new works to life," he shared in a press release."I think Donald’s plans for the space will have a long-term impact on our city. I hope this inspires other patrons to consider giving in big ways to deserving local organizations.”

Rupe shared that he was thrilled to have a permanent home for the company and a space to allow other local creatives to experiment.

“Of course this is a dream come true. Every artist aspires to have their own space," he said. "I’m excited to have a place to do my own new works, of course, but I’m also excited to produce new works by other local artists and to bring new voices and new perspectives into the spotlight.”

The venue will launch with an October production of Nosferatu. Tickets are available now.

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