Utah Repertory Theater Company
Johnny Hebda, Artistic Director

Johnny Hebda,
Founder/Artistic Director


Since its first meeting, on December 12, 2012, Utah Rep boasts a number of significant milestones:

The company's first production, the Utah premiere of Side Show in January 2013, was followed by ten other first-in-state premiere productions: i love you because (a Broadway World 2013 Staff Honorable Mention Award), What the Bellhop Saw, Bonnie & Clyde, Grace, August: Osage County, [title of show], Bare, Ordinary Days, Carrie the Musical, and Heathers.

In its review for Side Show, Broadway World proclaimed the company to be "Utah's most exciting up-and-coming theater company." The company's productions of Rent, Bare and Carrie the Musical were selected as Utah Theatre Bloggers Association's 2013 and 2015 Best of Year productions.

Both Bare and [title of show] received City Weekly Arty awards for "Best of State" productions. For Bonnie & Clyde, the show's lead actors and director were able to meet personally with composer Frank Wildhorn during preproduction, and a member of the original Broadway cast, Talon Ackerman, who created the role of Young Clyde on Broadway, joined the cast and audience members for a talkback after a performance. For their lead performances in Bonnie & Clyde, Madeline Weinberger and Johnny Hebda received Broadway World Regional "Best Actors in a Musical" Awards, and Emilee Starr and JayC Stoddard were honored with a City Weekly Arty Award for "Best Doomed Couple" in Grace.

Utah Rep hosted the Tony-nominated [title of show] book writer Hunter Bell for opening weekend celebrations and invited theater students and interested theatergoers to his popular "Die, Vampire, Die!" workshop during his stay in Salt Lake City. Adam Gwon, the composer-author of Ordinary Days, was also a guest on opening night, marking production 100 of his musical. Ordinary Days was nominated for two City Weekly Arty Awards, for Best Production and Best Actress, Brighton Hertford.

Bare was honored with numerous awards including "Best Musical," Brock Dalgleish as "Best Actor in a Musical" and Johnny Hebda as "Best Director of a Musical" for the 2015 Broadway World Regional Awards, additionally Bare received Staff Pick Awards from Broadway World, City Weekly and Utah Theatre Bloggers Association. Amadeus was recognized for "Best Play" and Roger Dunbar as "Best Actor in a Play" for his performance as Antonio Salieri in the Broadway World Regional Awards. Broadway World selected A Little Night Music as one of their top 5 productions in Utah in 2016, and Utah Rep received recognition as "Best Theater Company of the Year" as well from Broadway World. Utah Theatre Bloggers selected Doubt: A Parable as one of its outstanding theatre productions of the year in 2016.

The company's mission is to produce entertaining, adventuresome, and illuminating premieres of dramas and musicals along with neglected shows that area theatergoers oftentimes aren't able to enjoy.

Utah Rep is a non-profit corporation. As a 501(c)(3) exempt organization, contributions to Utah Rep are tax-deductible.

"Utah's most exciting up-and-coming theater company"

Tyler Hinton, Broadway World

Blackbird

The Other Place

Directed by Jason Bowcutt

The Other Place

"The Other Place at Utah Rep is a multi-dimensional puzzle of contradictory dialogue and timelines, unspoken worry and half-remembrances that add up to a tight 88 minutes of great theater."
-Salt Lake Magazine


Kiss of the Spider Woman

Directed by Johnny Hebda

Kiss of the Spider Woman

"Lively, Seductive, Entertaining & Emotionally satisfying"
-Salt Lake Tribune


A Little Night Music

Directed by Chris Clark
Music Direction by Anne Puzey

A Little Night Music

"Remarkably well cast, directed, performed, and designed, Utah Repertory Theater Company has outdone itself once again with its production of Sondheim's A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, directed by Chris Clark."
- Broadway World


DOUBT: a Parable

Directed by JC Carter

Doubt

"Ultimately, what makes Doubt work so well is the deference that both the script and the actors pay to its title. Certainty does not equal truth. Truth does not equal answers. Truth does not make for a bad story, though certainty often does. Go experience the truth of Utah Rep's Doubt while you can."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association


ROUND2

Written by JayC Stoddard
Directed by Bobby Cody

Round2

"Round2 is raw and powerful, prompting audience members to consider the importance and relevance the roles of love and sex play in their own lives. The play is a look at how relationships can change, and if individuals should ultimately strive to maintain one's own happiness, or sacrifice for the happiness of others."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association


Cabaret

Directed by LL West
Music Direction by Anne Puzey
Choregraphy by Ashley Gardner-Carlson

Cabaret

"Cabaret stands as an incredibly poignant and startling relevant piece for this moment in time. The overall message of the show is not one that should be ignored. This show will make you uncomfortable in the best way. It will challenge you to ask yourself some hard questions. As with all good theatre, it will stay with you and you won't be able to shake it."
- Front Row Reviewers Utah


Heathers: The Musical

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Rick Rea
Choreography by Michael Hernandez

Heathers The Musical

"Heathers: The Musical was definitely a departure from anything that I've seen in Utah before. The darker tone and very sarcastic, playful view of such heavy topics made it a fun evening. The actors and production team did a fantastic job of executing such a challenging score and complex musical. I left having enjoyed the show, and would recommend it to theatergoers that want to see something very fun and very dark."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association

The Last 5 Years

Directed by John Sweeney
Music Direction by Anne Puzey

The Last 5 Years

"They couldn't have chosen a better cast. For two actors to keep the audience enthralled at every minute, when they are basically singing multiple monologues and changing emotion with every scene, is an incredible feat."
- Front Row Reviewers Utah


Rabbit Hole

Directed by JayC Stoddard

Rabbit Hole

"Everyone together in this show was magical. I was taken on an emotional journey, and in the end I felt so happy to be a part of it. I recommend this show to everyone! It is truly a great production and if you get the chance to see it, don't pass it up."
- Front Row Reviewers Utah


Ordinary Days

Directed by Chase Ramsey
Music Direction by Jeanne McGuire

Ordinary Days

"I wasn't familiar with Ordinary Days until attending this production, incidentally the 100th production of the show, but I am so grateful I had this opportunity. It is truly a delightful show. I highly recommend it for a fun night out with friend, and if you're looking for a fun show that is relatable to a wide variety of people, this is good pick. See the Beauty. Each Day Can Be Extraordinary."
- Utah Theater Bloggers Association


Amadeus

Directed by JC Carter
Music Direction by Anne Puzey

Amadeus

"To say this is a 'must see' show is putting it mildly… There are simply not enough adjectives to adequately describe Roger Dunbar's outstanding performance as Salieri"
-Front Row Reviewers Utah


Carrie

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Kevin Mathie
Choreography by Ashley Gardner-Carlson

Carrie

"Whether you regard it as pure entertainment or an object lesson, Carrie is definitely a unique musical, and this cast pulls out all the stops to bring it to life."
- The Salt Lake Tribune

Bonnie & Clyde

Directed by Adam Cannnon
Music Direction by Anjanette Mickelsen
Choreography by Ashley Ramsey

Bonnie & Clyde

"This particular production, while benefiting from an overall good story and music, went from entertaining to outstanding based on the absolutely wonderful choices made by the cast, crew, and theater company. Trying to limit the elements that deserve praise in this show to a single review is a significant challenge."
- Utah Theater Bloggers Association


Grace

Directed by JC Carter

Grace

"There are moments in a successful theatrical production when electrifying performances take the text to somewhere so potent that you need to remind yourself to breathe… Utah Repertory Theater's production of Craig Wright's Grace finds the desperate, yearning core that makes us need to believe in something."
- Salt Lake City Weekly


August: Osage County

Directed by Mark Fossen

August:Osage County

"Directed by Mark Fossen, August: Osage County is a rare theatrical event: a large-scale work filled with 13 unforgettable characters, including local favorite, Teresa Sanderson as Violet Weston, it's a powerful tragicomedy told with unflinching honesty and has been described as bitingly funny."
- Visit Salt Lake Magazine


Love Letters

Directed by Chase Ramsey

Love Letters

- This production was not reviewed


[title of show]

Directed by Jason Bowcutt
Music Direction by Kevin Mathie
Choreography by Ashley Gardner-Carlson

[title of show]

"The material is strong in itself, but this production is what it is because of its cast. All of the cast members are tremendous singers, and immensely appealing actors with razor-sharp comic timing. Watching them is a reminder of the simple, elemental joy of theater: sitting in a room watching other people on a stage play make-believe, sing and dance. [title of show] makes that possible because that is, on multiple levels, what it's about as a piece—and thus it's something anyone who loves theater should see."
- Salt Lake City Weekly


Bare

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Anne Puzey
Choreography by Michael Hernandez

Bare

"It is rare for a semi-professional or community show to come together as seamlessly as Utah Repertory Theater Company's BARE. It is a case of the right performers and right production team all sharing a personal passion for the material. They have created an exquisite production of a feel-everything musical. Joy, despair, laughter, and tears intermingle among characters and audience alike in a transcendent spiritual communion."
- Broadway World

Side Show

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Anne Puzey
Choreography by Cooper Howell

Side Show

"Side Show at the Echo Theatre in Provo is an engaging, poignant, and thought-provoking theatrical experience. The production is a fine debut for the newly christened Utah Repertory Theater Company."
- Broadway World


i love you because

Directed and Choreographed by Ashley Ramsey
Music Direction by Justin Bills

i love you because

"The wonderful talent and enthusiasm onstage created an infectiously upbeat atmosphere from the first entrance to the final bow."
- Backstage Utah


What the Bellhop Saw

Directed by Chase Ramsey

What the Bellhop Saw

"I liked this production. It delivered fast paced action with well delivered, equally fast paced dialogue. Doors opened. Doors slammed. Characters chased each other. Identities were confused. Dirty jokes and innuendo abounded. Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. All the fun stuff you expect from a farce…"
- Backstage Utah


Carousel

Directed by Johnny Hebda
Music Direction by Melissa Thorne
Choreography by Cooper Howell

Carousel

"Utah Rep's production is "exemplary" through "poignant acting, emotional choreography, and wonderful voices."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association


Rent

Directed and Choreographed by Cooper Howell
Music Direction by Rick Rea

Rent

"The success of the director's vision was beyond anything I could have ever expected from a production of Rent in a small, new theater company in Utah, and I left with the honest opinion that the production I just saw would have made Jonathan Larson and the original production team proud. As for the cast, each deserves to be praised."
- Utah Theatre Bloggers Association