Started in a second floor walkup space that seated 50 in 1985, by Kay and Jim Thigpen, Trustus has evolved to a half of a million dollar enterprise in 27 years. The underlying principal of Trustus has always been to bring the best of the newest and original plays, to an audience craving professional theatre in a setting that is comfortable and unique.
- Managing Director Larry Hembree
- Artistic Director Dewey Scott-Wiley
- Education Director Vicky Saye Henderson
- Technical Director Brandon McIver
- Side Door Theatre Producer Charles Felsburg
- Operations Director Frank Kiraly
- Assistant Technical Director Joe Morales
- Director of Marketing Chad Henderson
- Office and Box Office Manager - Chelsea Crook
As a non-profit theatre, Trustus relies on the generosity of our patrons to help fund our productions and programs. Ticket sales account for only 50% of our operating expenses. The remainder of our funding comes from the City of Columbia, SC Arts Commission, Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, corporations and foundations, as well as individual donations. Please consider supporting the theatre by becoming a Trustus Theatre donor. All donations are tax deductible. To make a donation, please call the theatre at 803-254-9732.
- Friend – $25 to $99
- Supporter – $100-199
- Associate – $200-349
- Benefactor – $350-499
- Producer – $500-999
- Angel – $1,000 – 4,999
- Legend – $5,000 and up
This program supported, in part, through corporate and individual donations to the United Arts Fund of the Cultural Council of Richland and Lexington Counties, the City of Columbia and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Trustus is a constituent of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national organization for the American theatre, the South Carolina Theatre Association, the Columbia Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Vista Guild.