What is STAAR Theatre at Antoinette Hall?
Southern Tennessee Area Arts Repertory (STAAR) is an arts and theater organization based in Pulaski, Giles County, Tennessee, with a mission of providing theater, music and arts entertainment and education for the Southern Middle Tennessee and North Alabama region for, which it has done for more than 20 years.
STAAR, a 501c3 to which donations are tax deductible, currently operates a successful 200-seat theatre from its comfortable and accessible street-level facility beneath historic Antoinette Hall.
The building, is on the east side of the public square facing the Giles County Courthouse and is a contributing structure to the Pulaski Courthouse Square Historic District, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior in 1985.
STAAR Engages in Education and Entertainment through Theater
- Inspire and train young people as well as adults with the interest and capacity to seek education in theatre and the arts, including play writes and local artists.
- Broaden exposure for the community to the arts thru workshops, classes and outreach seminars with quality regional and world-class educators.
- Incorporate fun, entertainment and inspiration into learning processes
- Provide hands-on instructional applications on stage, in technical musical, staging and artistic areas.
- Provide access to programs and activities that stimulate and engage a meaningful art-centered experience for our diverse audience base.
- Build working relationships within the local arts community.
- Produce and sustain innovative, exceptional works of classic musicals and dramas.
STAAR hosts regional acts to enrich the area with a wide variety of diverse talents from comedic, to vocal, to authors, musicians and filmmakers.
More than 7,000 have attended productions at STAAR, traveling from throughout Middle and South Central Tennessee and North Alabama and beyond.
STAAR encourages its guests to eat at local restaurants, spend the night at local lodging establishments and visit other historic and cultural attractions.
Funding for current activities of STAAR Theatre is provided through earnings from the performances, facility rentals and donations.
The non-profit works toward excellence through diligent stewardship of resources and income, maintaining the utmost integrity, transparency and accountability in all areas of its operation.
Fiscal management is a function of the Executive Director, who reports income and expenditures to the Board through execution of prioritized plans developed in conjunction with the Finance Chairman and Executive Committee.
Currently the primary service and impact area for STAAR Theatre at Antoinette Hall is South Central Tennessee and its adjacent counties in North Alabama. However, activities and performances at the facility attract participants from a much wider geographic area.
The primary impact region is geographically located along the Interstate 65, U. S. Hwy. 31 and U.S. Hwy. 64 corridors. The region is predominately rural with Nashville, Tennessee, being the largest city being located on the northern border of the impact region some 75 miles away. Sixty miles to the south, Huntsville, Alabama, is the largest city with cultural and artistic opportunities.