Merrimack Repertory Theatre has been Merrimack Valley’s professional theatre company since 1979, and is an integral part of Lowell’s identity as the cultural heart of the region. Merrimack Repertory Theatre's mission is to share theatrical stories of human understanding that reflect and engage our community. MRT is a cultural resource for its community and strives to remove barriers to access and build community partnerships. MRT produces a seven-show season of new plays from September through May in our 279-seat theatre, the Nancy L. Donahue Theatre in Liberty Hall.
The company is known as a leader in fostering and celebrating new plays, frequently producing world and regional premieres, as well as working with its national network of associate artists on workshops and readings. Acknowledging that artists are at the core of all creative work, MRT focuses on developing relationships with leading theatre artists from around the region and the country. These artists are attracted to Lowell by MRT's reputation for its unwavering commitments to the highest artistic standards and the production of new work.
MRT is one of 72 theaters nationwide (one of three in Massachusetts) with membership in LORT (the League of Resident Theatres), the organization representing America’s leading professional theater companies. MRT is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).