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Our Principles

Do more with less.

New audiences want meaningful experiences. 


True wonder in the theater is possible. 


Embrace not knowing. 

Our Story

The Eno River Players were founded in the winter of 2015 in Durham, North Carolina. The founding artistic director was me, Leo Egger. I was fourteen. The first round of funding was my Bar Mitzvah money. We held open auditions and cobbled together a cast from the community––academics, piano teachers, lawyers, students. Our first production was Hamlet, staged at the Mosaic Church of Durham on a tiny stage below a red cross. The mission of the company was to bring challenging but accessible productions of Shakespeare to an area bereft of classical theater and to provide a much-needed artistic home for local theater-makers––on an extremely limited budget. The shows had to be financially and stylistically accessible enough to fill seats. At the same time, I wanted them to be professional, inventive, real––the kind of shows that would resonate with the audience of my hometown.

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