JAKS Theatre Company and Utah Classical Guitar Named Residents at the Regent Street Black Box at the Eccles Theater

Regent Street Black Box (Eccles Theatre)
Regent Street Black Box (Eccles Theatre)
Regent Street Black Box (Eccles Theatre)

The Eccles Theater named two new Resident organizations, JAKS Theatre Company and Utah Classical Guitar, at the Regent Street Black Box.

“Salt Lake County Arts & Culture is dedicated to encouraging deep and engaging connections and dialogue around the arts and culture in our community,” said Sarah Pearce, Arts & Culture’s Division Director.  “We facilitate these connections by providing the spaces, places and services for organizations like JAKS and Utah Classical Guitar to present their art to the community.”

“JAKS Theatre Company creates community through performance,” said Jill Wilhelm, JAKS Director.  “We present Broadway-style musicals performed by kids from ages 5-18, and the performers, along with parents and other volunteers also create the sets and costumes, truly building a community through camaraderie and hard work.”  

JAKS is fortunate to have exceptional parents that help including a few local professionals, including Celena Shafer, a professional opera singer as a vocal coach and Sarah Hayward, a professional ballerina as a choreographer. One of JAKS alumni, Ethan Kelso, won the 2019 Best Actor award at both the Utah and the National High School Musical Theater Awards Ceremonies.  

“We believe in the power of building community through music,” said Cindy Spell, Utah Classical Guitar’s President.  “The Regent Street Black Box is a warm, intimate space and allows the musician to connect with the audience in a meaningful way and we are thrilled to call it our home.”  

The Utah Classical Guitar Artist Series presents a four-concert series with internationally recognized classical guitarists, as well as master classes, open mic nights, and other educational and community programs.

JAKS Theatre Company and Utah Classical Guitar join the Sting & Honey Company who was announced a resident of the Regent Street Black Box earlier this year.

“We are thrilled to add two more Resident companies to the Regent Street Black Box at the Eccles Theater,” said Angela Vanderwell, Eccles Theater General Manager. “Along with burgeoning restaurants and festivals on Regent Street and McCarthey Plaza, we envision our growing residency program adding vibrancy to both the space and Regent Street.” 

Salt Lake County’s Arts & Culture Residency program provides direct support to several of Utah’s finest performing arts organizations. Residents receive priority booking, dedicated rehearsal space, and some have on-site office and storage spaces.  This stability allows Residents to focus on artistic excellence, creative expression, audience development, and organizational growth. 

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