South Coast Repertory – SCR
The South Coast Repertory had its beginning in 1964 when David Emmes and Martin Benson, previously theater students decided to create an independent professional theater and had its start at the Newport Beach Ebell Club. Β Within a few months, they had moved to a converted a marine hardware store on the Balboa Peninsula.
By 1967, South Coast Repertory had over 200 seats in a theater on Newport Boulevard in Costa Mesa.
In 1978, they opened a new theater across from South Coast Plaza with over 500 seats which was soon followed by a second stage with over 150 seats in it.
In 2002, South Coast Repertory opened its current theater. The beginning of this new theater was the result of a donation of land by the Segerstrom Family which established the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
The South Coast Repertory celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014 and currently produces five plays on the Segerstrom stage as well as additional plays on its other stages.
They also have a children’s acting program.
South Coast Repertory has been instrumental in giving the City of Costa Mesa its moniker of City of the Arts.