The St. Louis Black Repertory Company has named Brian McKinley as Director of Education and Community Programs. The actor, educator, and former intern assumes the role after serving 6 years in various positions at the Company.

“Brian is a talented emerging leader in our field,” said Ron Himes, Founder and Producing Director of The Black Rep. “I am very pleased that he has agreed to continue to bring his innovative and collaborative style to advancing our initiatives in the schools and community.”

Brian came to The Black Rep as an intern in 2017, directly after earning his BFA in Musical Theatre from Western Illinois University. Most recently he has served in the role of executive assistant to Producing Director Ron Himes, where he has coordinated the Black Rep’s Professional Fellow company, ensuring that thousands of local children gain access to quality theatre and engaging them in conversation and inquiry about the world around them. 

As an actor, Brian’s talents have taken him to stages across the country. Recent credits include: Skeleton Crew; Sweat (The St. Louis Black Repertory Company), King Lear (St. Louis Shakespeare Festival), The Wizard of Oz (Theatre League, Inc.), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Minot State University Summer Theatre), and The Wiz (COCA-Center of Creative Arts). He was recognized in 2021 with an award for Outstanding Supporting Performance from the St. Louis Theatre Circle for his role in Spell #7 (The St. Louis Black Repertory Co.) and was among the early-career professionals selected for the Fall 2021 Focus-St. Louis cohort of Emerging Leaders.

As education and community engagement director, McKinley will continue to manage the company’s professional fellow company as well as oversee the Touring Show Productions and growing portfolio of  programming for education and community partners. 

“I’m excited to continue to spread my wings as an arts leader and to continue to build awareness and partnerships with The Black Rep,” said McKinley. “Thanks to the support of generous donors we are able to bring the arts to more of the St. Louis community and most importantly, to our growing list of school partners.”

McKinley won a St. Louis Theater Circle Award for his performance in “Spell #7” at The Black Rep.

About the Black Rep

The Black Rep, a 46-year-old legacy Black arts organization, is committed to producing, re-imagining, and commissioning work written by Black playwrights and creating opportunities for new voices and youth. Founded by Producing Director Ron Himes, the vision for The Black Rep continues: a more equitable distribution of opportunities and resources for Black professionals and students in the theatre; improved representation on and back-stage in the theatre industry; and a fostered community culture of support and mentorship for those who will follow. For more information: 

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