History

7 Stages has produced 80+ premieres, 25+ American premieres, and countless more regional premieres since 1979. A haven for artists and audiences to address social, political, and spiritual issues present in their daily lives, Creative Loafing named the company “Best Theatre in Atlanta” in its’ “Best Of” issue. Co-Founder and former Artistic Director Del Hamilton has been named both Best Director and Best Actor in Atlanta by Atlanta Magazine. Co-Founder and former Producing Director Faye Allen received the Best Actress nod from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for her performance in “My Mother’s Courage.” Annually, productions at 7 Stages top the “Best Plays” list in every major city publication. Even the Drama League of New York has recognized 7 Stages as one of 50 theatres nationwide for its Theatre Excellence in America Program.

Artistic Director Heidi S Howard previously served as 7 Stages’ Education Director and Production Manager for twelve years prior to being appointed Artistic Director in 2014. During that time, she devised curriculum-based programs for 7 Stages and founded Youth Creates. Prior to becoming the Associate Artistic Director at 7 Stages, Michael Haverty was the Producing Artistic Director of Haverty Marionettes; founded The Object Group, a devising ensemble creating site-specific performance installations; and wrote/directed extensively at The Center for Puppetry Arts. Haverty and Howard have received multiple grants for their original productions – including the Jim Henson Foundation; Meet the Composer, the NEA’s Big Read, TCG GLobal Connections, the Community Foundation’s One Region, Puffin Foundation, and more. In 2012, Haverty was named a Princess Grace Foundation-USA fellow and received artist residencies at MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Haverty’s 2013 production ‘The Navigator’ was named best World Premiere by Creative Loafing.

For over 36 years, 7 Stages continues to honor our rich legacy of involvement on the local, national, and international level in helping to shape the future of American theatre. Each season subject matter varies from current international social and political issues, contemporary health crises, the ethical implications of new technologies, and group and individual identity as seen through the lens of gender, race, and religion. One thing ties our season and all our work together: our mission, our understanding of which only grows and deepens further with time.