STATEMENT FROM CIRCLE THEATRE:
Circle Theatre is distraught at the continued displays of racial injustice on Black men, women, and children across the United States. We must fight racism wherever it exists.
It is imperative that the work on our stage plays a role in the dialogue and commitment to change that has to take place.
We strive for an inclusive world where we all feel safe and loved.
We see you. We hear you. We stand with you.
Black. Lives. Matter.
May 5, 2020
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We are grateful to have supporters willing to help us and other nonprofits around North Texas during this time. Thank you for your gracious gift. In a single day, over 20.5 million dollars was raised for charities and organizations all over North Texas. We are proud to be a part of this generous and passionate community.
Thank you for supporting us,
February 19, 2019
Dear Circle Theatre patrons,
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Bill Newberry.
Bill, along with his wife Rose Pearson, founded Circle Theatre in 1981. Together, they oversaw the theatre from its original location on Bluebonnet Circle, to Magnolia Avenue, to its current home in Sundance Square. The couple received the Elston Brooks Lifetime Achievement Award from the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County in 2004.
His expansive roles at Circle included: designing over 100 sets, appearing on-stage in over 30 productions, and serving as Technical Director and Stage Manager many times over. In addition, he handled all financials and accounting for the Theatre. He also served as an Actors’ Equity Paymaster for union talent working throughout the state of Texas.
Bill constantly championed Circle Theatre's mission of presenting innovative theatre in an intimate setting. His legacy continues as the Theatre just opened its 38th season, the second one since his well-earned retirement in December 2017.
Thank you for your condolences and thoughts during this time. While this Theatre will never be the same, we are honored our patrons continue to enjoy the journey started by Rose and Bill many years ago.
"The death this morning of the executive director of the 35-year-old downtown Fort Worth company was announced by Tim Long, its associate producer. The 69-year-old Pearson passed after a long bout with cancer.
Pearson founded Circle Theatre in 1981 with her husband Bill Newberry — originally on Bluebonnet Circle but ultimately in Sundance Square at its current location on West 4th Street. Long said that in keeping with theatrical tradition and Pearson’s wishes, the company will go on with its previously announced opening of Lauren Gunderson’s comedy, ‘The Taming,’ this weekend. In lieu of flowers, Pearson’s family asks that donations be made to Circle Theatre in her name. A celebration of her life will take place at Circle — details to be announced." - Jerome Weeks