No Rules Theatre Company found its origins at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Anne Kohn, Joshua Morgan and Brian Sutow, all students with a reputation for creating work beyond their rigorous course loads, decided to come together to produce a show. The result was a sold-out run of Hedwig and the Angry Inch that played at The Garage in Winston-Salem. Excited by their success, but not certain that their journey with that story was complete, the group began looking to transfer the production to a second location. In June of 2009 Hedwig began a second run in Washington, DC, where it was also met by critical praise and boasted many sold-out performances. From these humble beginnings the company’s unique dual-city structure of performing work in Washington, DC and Winston-Salem, NC was born.
In just a few short seasons NRTC has grown rapidly, thanks in no small part to its reputation for consistently strong casting, experiential designs and dynamic programming. Each season the company presents a broad spectrum of work that seeks to illuminate a theme from several dynamically unique perspectives. In 2011 No Rules received the Helen Hayes Award for Best Emerging Theatre Company in recognition of the company’s talent and unique contribution to the city’s artistic landscape.
Now moving into its fourth season, the company is thrilled to be in residence at the Tony Award© winning Signature Theatre Company in Arlington, VA as well as the state-of-the-art Hanesbrands Theatre in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem, NC.
As the company continues to grow, it persists in challenging itself in the pursuit of artistic excellence, while also seeking to greatly expand its education and outreach programs, helping to insure that great art is made accessible to all.