Theatre of the Republic in Conway, SC. Image courtesy of SCPRT.
South Carolina has a long tradition of theatrical arts, from Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, to community theater and filmmaking in towns across the state.
In the media arts lobby, you can meet an artist, be a media critic, watch a movie, and create your own animation and storyboards.
Porgy and Bess: A Charleston Opera
Charleston native Dubose Heyward wrote the book Porgy in 1925, about African-American life in tenement streets of his hometown. In 1935 Heyward and George Gershwin produced an opera based on the book.
History of Theater Buildings
Meet two historical buildings in South Carolina that were built and used for theatrical productions.
- Dock Street Theater
Built in 1736, Charleston's Dock Street Theatre was the first theater building designed solely for theatrical performances in America.
- Abbeville Opera House
The Abbeville Opera House was built in 1908.
- "O" is for Opera House
Newberry Opera House
The Newberry Opera House was built in 1881 for $30,000. It quickly became known as "the entertainment center of the Midlands."
South Carolina in Movies
Lots of movies have been filmed in South Carolina because of our unique settings.