About Us

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The Theatre Downtown Story

Theatre Downtown was founded in 2006 by Billy Ray Brewton and Cindy deSa, and is now operated by a Board of Directors as a 501(c)3 non-profit entity. Theatre Downtown is dedicated to exposing Birmingham audiences to the most entertaining, engaging, and innovative shows – both past and present – as well as serving as an outlet for original works and other artistic endeavors.

Originally located inside the former Playhouse location on Third Avenue North, Theatre Downtown moved from there to a temporary basement location at Birmingham AIDS Outreach before securing the present Fifth Avenue Antiques location. Beginning with their production of The Crucible in 2009, Theatre Downtown has been producing marvelous theatre in this charming antique store to the delight of audiences and critics alike.

We always need volunteers to help us sell concessions, greet audience members at the door – and we’ll even let you see the show for free if you help out! Email us at info@theatredowntown.org or call (205) 565-8838 to get more information.


Corporate Officers

President: Bates Redwine

Treasurer: Flannery Whaley

Secretary: Sara James

Director of Marketing and Communication: Lee Green


Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board – Matthew Whaley
Mellie Bassett
Karen Marie Black
Catherine Champion
Mike Cunliffe
Jared Funderburg
Lee Green
Sara James
Lesli Johnson
Hayes Killian
Bates Redwine
Alex Ungerman
Flannery Whaley