Mission and Directives
PRIME creates raw, welcoming, and unorthodox theatre for all, encapsulating the ephemeral, & encouraging community engagement.
We are an experimental theatre company producing new plays in St. Louis, and we are unique in our community.
We only produce fresh, modern plays - our heart and soul is the 24-hour new play festival, where we produce six new ten-minute plays in just 24 hours, and we’ve done that with artists locally and from as far away as Japan and England!
Every show the audience comes to is a theatrical party. Our shows are fast-paced and high-energy, eclectic and fun: an extravaganza of art, almost always including other art forms beyond theatre - like a spontaneous pop-up art gallery or a local band.
We are inventive about where we produce our shows - sometimes it’s in a grungy punk rock dive or an empty storefront in an emerging neighborhood, sometimes in a local prestige theater, or maybe in comedy club or bar.
Wherever we go, we carry our flag and our mission with us: we are out to break to the mold and make theatre fun for everyone!
new plays created quickly
We are dedicated to creating new theatrical works, giving space to unheralded voices and a unique array of artists.
Watch the video below, produced by Higher Education Channel for their State of the Arts series, for a glimpse of our process.
PRIME was founded by Andrea Standby and Kyle Kratky in 2016 after two years of development. We began with the idea of using theatre to give space and a platform to unheralded voices and artists while uniting disparate groups of the St. Louis community.
Our first show was The Transmigration Show on November 5, 2016. Over our first year, we worked all over St. Louis, from churches to community centers to professional theaters. We produced more than 30 new short plays and collaborated with over 125 artists from St. Louis, Chicago, New York, California, Toronto, Japan, and England.
PRIME's second season will begin in 2018 and will stretch our reach even further. Stay tuned for more!
Matt Heckman /
Matt Heckman has been writing and directing for film and theatre for over fifteen years. He served as artistic director for Immediacy Theatre Project from 2006 to 2012, during which he oversaw the production of hundreds of short-form plays from artists across the St. Louis area. He's been a part of over a dozen twenty-four hour play festivals including the creation of The Journey of Charlie Stillaway. Matt studied film production at Webster University and has been featured twice in the St. Louis International Film Festival (2014,2015). In his spare time he enjoys tinkering with computers and being ambushed by his pet cat, Jambi.
Kyle Kratky / Co-Founder, Managing Director
Kyle Kratky has been producing, directing, and creating theatre for over 15 years. He was a Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Immediacy Theatre Project in St. Louis. He attended school at Columbia College Chicago and has worked on production teams in Chicago (Collaboraction, Mary-Arrchie, Neo-Futurists), St. Louis (St. Louis Actor’s Studio, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), and beyond. Onstage, Kratky is a solo performance artist and has performed his writing and spoken word all over the country. His writing has been featured in The Knox Writers’ House. In addition, Kratky has launched several podcasts (Words on My Tongue, Four Courses) and is a professional project manager.
Sarah Gene Dowling /
PR & Marketing Manager
Sarah Gene Dowling is a local performer who has worked with a wide range of theatre companies throughout the country. For more than a decade Sarah has worked as a professional performer. She recently relocated to St. Louis area from NYC, where she apprenticed with two different Public Relations companies that focused on music, dance, and performance art. Alongside her performing endeavors, Sarah helped create and develop The DAVE Project in Providence, RI, a professional theatre that offered free performance courses to middle school and high school children. As the company's Educational Director she assisted in improving arts education in Rhode Island and promoting regional talent. Most recently, Sarah served on the board of a non-profit community theatre in Granite City, IL.
Bryce Parsons-Twesten /
Bryce Parsons-Twesten has worked as a writer on and off the stage for ten years. He previously wrote for the satire news source The Copper Times and worked as an editor for 826CHI, where he developed the project The Monster Gasped, OMG—a book showcasing original monster stories written by Chicago youth and illustrated by Chicago artists. He currently manages the oral history project These Are People and works as a screenwriter in Chicago. His latest screenplay, The Melancholy Man, is at the outset of its festival tour.
Madelyn Boyne / Education & Outreach Manager
Madelyn Boyne is an theatre artist and professional sandwich crafter. She is a native to the St Louis metro area and studied Theatre and Dance at University of Missouri—St Louis. Madelyn has worked as performer, director, playwright, and technician, but is especially passionate about theatre arts education. She is thrilled to head PRIME’s educational efforts and eager to share her love of all things theatrical with the city of St Louis. When not involved in theatre, Madelyn can be found walking her dogs and sampling pastries from one of her neighborhood bakeries on The Hill.
Elle Rank /
Production & Stage Manager
Elle has been with PRIME since its first production and hopes to stick around for a long time. Elle has worked for many companies over the last 8 years, including Insight, HotCity, Immediacy Theatre Project, Opera in the Ozarks, and Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre. She studied Stage Management at Saint Louis University.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Kimberly Kavanagh*, Secretary, Ignite Theatre Company
- Brittany Kujawa*, Treasurer, Nestlé Purina
- Tamika Diggs, Nestlé Purina
- Tyler Hawthorne, Video Producer
- Daniel Smith, Independent Film Writer/Producer
- Kent White, Electrical Components International
* Indicates Founding Board Member