Trinity Repertory Company invites the public to celebrate the performing arts in Rhode Island and beyond as the host of the first annual season kickoff party on Saturday, August 22, 2015. Across two stages and six hours, 30+ theater and dance companies, music ensembles and independent artists will gather at Trinity Rep to share previews of upcoming work while re-connecting with loyal fans and introducing themselves to new ones. The party will also feature an interactive outdoor art installation by Tape Art, a variety of food trucks, tours of Trinity Rep's historic building, free multi-company raffles throughout the day, and a garage sale of Trinity Rep props and costumes. This event is free and open to the public.

Groups and individuals were invited to participate, with an eye towards showcasing the breadth of our theater and performing arts community. No artist was turned away. Our aim is to have the party become an annual event, growing with the performing arts community, and ultimately seeding new relationships between artists and audiences across our diverse, robust and busy region.

Performing participants include 2nd Story Theatre, Academy Players of RI, The AntiGravity Theatre Project, AS220's Blackbox, Burbage Theatre Company, Bring Your Own Improv, Counter-Productions Theatre Company, ECAS Theater, Epic Theatre Company, Festival Ballet Providence, Live Bait, The Manton Avenue Project, Meridian Project, Mixed Magic Theatre, Student Ensemble from Achievement First Providence, New Inca Son, OUT LOUD Theatre, Providence Improv Guild, Rhode Island Black Storytellers, Rick Burkhardt, Rhode Island Stage Ensemble, Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre, Seth Lepore, Strange Attractor, Stray Creatives, Tenderloin Opera Company, The Players (at Barker Playhouse), Trinity Repertory Company, The Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater, Rhode Island Ukulele Armada, The Wilbury Theatre Group and Wilbury New Works -- Roadhouse: The Musical.

The first annual Season Kickoff Party, hosted by Trinity Rep will be Saturday, August 22, 2015, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. All events are free and open to the public at 201 Washington St. in Providence. For more information, visit