Mission and Directives
PRIME creates raw, welcoming, and unorthodox theatre for all, encapsulating the ephemeral, & encouraging community engagement.
In creating our art, PRIME collaborates with local artists to craft new breeds of community engagement. Our art, our stories, and our people give platform to social consciousness, and in so doing, we become agents of change and help spark community dialogue.
Art is humanity’s common denominator. PRIME reaches beyond borders to work with an amalgamation of mediums and disciplines. We create an environment that is big and bold, where artists and storytellers celebrate the growth we see in ourselves and in each other.
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!
Managing Director, Co-Founder
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.