Who we are: Established in 1919, The Muny is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, with a mission to enrich lives by producing exceptional musical theatre, accessible to all, while continuing our remarkable tradition in Forest Park. As America’s largest and most historic outdoor musical theatre, we will be celebrating our 98th summer season in 2016.
Each year, The Muny produces 7 musical theatre productions that exceed the size and scope of a Broadway musical. The unique opportunity to produce world-class theatre right here in St. Louis, brings a mix of Broadway’s brightest stars and many local talents to the Muny stage each summer. Our beautiful outdoor theatre seats nearly 11,000 guests each night with tickets available at a range of price points—including free—so that all members of the St. Louis community can experience the magic of a Broadway musical right here at home.
We partner with more than 120 community social service organizations, enabling their clients to enjoy a Muny show free of charge. This program, in combination with the free seats, allows more than 100,000 people to experience a Muny show for free each summer.
What we do: In addition to the musical theatre shows we produce and our partnerships with community organizations, we also oversee several youth training programs. Our Muny Kids and Muny Teens programs provide a performance and training ground for talented, local young people. The performing troupes serve as goodwill ambassadors to the people of St. Louis and the surrounding region.
We also host the Muny/Webster Intensive for Emerging Young Artists, a three-week program which invites the nation’s top 10-12 rising junior and senior high school students to participate in an unmatched immersive theatrical experience. Rehearsing alongside the professional Equity cast and our Muny Teens, students prepare to perform in a Muny production. Through private master classes, students gain access to some of Broadway’s brightest creative talents. Students also receive pre-collegiate training from Webster University faculty while performing each night for audiences of more than 10,000. Classes include acting, voice, improvisation, movement and dance. Students can also earn college credit through this program.
Our Technical Theatre Training Program invites young people from underserved communities to participate in a 10-week training program as they work alongside our various stage and production crews.
As we approach our second century, we will introduce several other training programs aimed at exposing youth to various career opportunities in musical theatre, including production, technical and various other “behind the scenes” aspects.
Why we’re important: Whether you or your family have been season ticket holders for generations or you decided to see a single show for the first time this year, you’ve likely experienced Muny Magic firsthand. If you haven’t been, you certainly know someone who has. If you’re part of the theatre community nationwide, you know about The Muny—and probably know someone who has or will perform there. This historic stage is truly a destination for the nation’s top talent. If you grew up in St. Louis, you might be one of the thousands who held your first summer job as an usher or concession-stand worker at The Muny. Perhaps you or a friend were in the Muny Kids or Teens. If you attended a university for theatre, set design, light design, sound or music, you likely interned and began your professional career here. The Muny is inextricably tied to every one of the last 97 summers in St. Louis, and we are proud of and honored to have a place in St. Louis’ rich tapestry of art and education opportunities.
How we affect the community: The Muny makes exceptional musical theatre accessible to all members of the community, regardless of age, ability status, economic status, or any other difference, by partnering with community service organizations and providing free seats at every show. Seasonally, we provide employment to many members of our community, giving St. Louis youth a place to learn valuable career skills. The Muny brings families together and continues a legacy of enjoyable, educational art and entertainment in St. Louis.
How you can help: As a non-profit organization, we accept and welcome donations in support of our educational programs and theatre productions. Your donation will help provide free admission for thousands of underserved boys and girls, support our exceptional educational and training programs and continue the tradition of producing world-renowned musical theatre, right here in St. Louis.
If you have any questions regarding supporting The Muny, please feel free to email us at email@example.com, or visit our website at muny.org