PURE Theatre continues its reign as Charleston’s go-to for the best in contemporary theater. . . . We feel confident saying that a night at PURE is always a sure thing.

Charleston City Paper

Since 2003, the ensemble actors of Charleston’s acclaimed PURE Theatre have built a solid reputation for artistic excellence in provocative contemporary theatre. In May 2013, the company saw record attendance levels for its critically acclaimed Season X.

The 19 professional actors comprising the PURE Core Ensemble are the soul of PURE’s work. Serving a sophisticated and diverse audience with a taste for new work, PURE presents a compelling five-play season between September and June, plus an additional Summer Slam production each year. Endeavoring annually to outdo what was accomplished in years past, PURE continually strives to give its audiences something they’ve never seen before.

The company has been lauded for coupling artistic risk-taking with a passionate commitment to addressing the important and often hilarious challenges of being human in the world today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

Accolades include 7 Best Actor/Actress awards, Best Play/Best One Person Play awards, and 2 Artist Fellowships in Acting and Playwriting from the SC Arts Commission. As the producer of 20+ world premieres and 40+ regional premieres, PURE has been praised for its exceptional programming and diversity in casting.

While the company at times has thrived nomadically, since 2011 PURE has made its home at 477 King Street in the heart of Charleston’s vibrant and rapidly developing Upper King Street, in the bright red building on the corner of King and Ann Streets.


To create exceptional theatre experiences that enliven thought, ignite dialogue, and expand consciousness.


PURE Theatre seeks to be a model for excellence in small professional theatre. We strive to lead in the creation and production of new work, and the interpretation of established plays. PURE Theatre is a company that draws upon our love of story, history, and the energy of the human spirit, where diverse theatre artists and audiences come together to experience their world through exceptional theatrical performance.

Board of Directors

James Marino, Chair | Peter Calcagno, PhD, Treasurer | Michael Culler, Secretary | Barry Abrams | David Albenberg, MD | Amy Gaffney | Susan Meloy

Emeritus Board of Directors

Cameron Jane Blazer, Esq. | Catherine Burton | Terry Fox | Harvey Friedman | Vince Graham | Marty Klaper | Scott Lane | Mark McMahon | Jennifer Owens, Esq. | David Waldron | Stephen C. Warner | Robert Wood | Nese O. Zinn