About MRT

Merrimack Repertory Theatre produces vibrant contemporary plays that explore the heart, humor, and complexity of our relationships. The intimate 279-seat theatre gets audiences close enough to the stage to realize every nuanced detail of the acting and designs created by leading theatre professionals from around the country.



Founded in 1979, Merrimack Repertory Theatre is a professional, non-profit theatre company with a mission to “to advance the cause of human understanding through the art of theater.” It has become known for its productions of mostly regional and world premieres.

Acknowledging that artists are at the core of all creative work, MRT hires the best-available professional directors, designers, and actors from major theatre centers around the country. These artists are attracted to Lowell by MRT's reputation for its unwavering commitment to the highest artistic standards.

MRT is one of 72 theaters nationwide (one of three in Massachusetts) with membership in LORT (the League of Resident Theatres), the organization representing America’s leading professional theater companies.

MRT is an Associate Member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), is a constituent of the Theatre Communications Group (TCG).