Diana Wortham Theatre

Sandra Stambaugh


If you want to stage a dance or theater production in downtown Asheville, your options are limited. You could rent the 40-seat BeBe Theatre or the 35-Below space, operated by Asheville Community Theater, which can hold about 75 people. But if you want marquee appeal, something that can draw foot traffic, you have to rent the Diana Wortham Theatre.

“The ability to fill a 500-seat space, for a local company, is sometimes overwhelming,” said Rae Geoffrey, the Wortham’s executive director. “The size and scope of Diana Wortham Theatre over the years has gotten too large for a lot of people and it has become used so often we frequently don’t have space in there.”

In the past few years, Geoffrey and the Wortham’s board grew concerned. They believed the theater’s programming didn’t reflect Asheville’s racial and ethnic diversity and ticket prices were out of reach for many. So they committed to expanding both the capacity and accessibility of the theater.

In September, the rebranded Wortham Center for the Performing Arts will hold three separate spaces -- the 500-seat main stage, a flexible black box space that can hold up to 100 and a multipurpose studio that can seat up to 60.

Courtesy of Jeanie Linders

Jeanie Linders has inspired a lot of people to think they, too, can create or copy a hit stage show and change their own lives forever.

“My show has been knocked off 14 times by other people,” she said. “There’s ‘Weight Watchers: The Musical,’ ‘Assisted Living: The Musical,’ all written by guys that think it’s different. Because the show was a cash cow.”

Blue Ridge Public Radio welcomes Says You!, the public radio game show of bluff and bluster, to the Diana Wortham Theatre, June 14th. Join us for a night of whit, whimsy and colorful language. Says You! Fans will enjoy regular cast members Carolyn Faye Fox, Murray Horwitz, Barry Nolan, as well as local hall of fame punsters, for a night of ridiculous clues, verbal repartee, and bold face blunders - all at the dictionary’s expense.

The comedy troupe that puts the mock in democracy is heading to Asheville. The Capitol Steps will be at the Diana Wortham Theatre for three shows - October 28th and 29th. No matter who you're pulling for, there’s plenty of fodder this election cycle and the show promises to tickle the funny bone.

The Knights, a critically acclaimed orchestral collective, will be featured on WCQS on February 22 and 23. WCQS Music Director Dick Kowal will interview members of the group Monday at 1 p.m. The ensemble will also be featured on The State of Things on Tuesday, February 23 at Noon.

Our guests for the next Friday@2 will be The Three Davids; David Holt, David LaMotte, and David Wilcox. Each David well known in their own right, The Three Davids will bring us their unique blend of styles in live performance from our studios Friday @2, just before their show at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre on February 20th.

Tony Kiss
Asheville Citizen-Times

Its a big fall  weekend for festivals and the great Lisa Fisher takes the stage (9/18) for a sold out performance at Diana Wortham Theater.  The Mountain State Fair continues its run at the NC Agricultural Center just down the road from the Asheville Regional Airport.