Encore! Theater Group

We  feel that participating in the arts nourishes the soul! It’s about more than just acting, singing, or dancing! At Encore, theater helps women and men and girls and boys become equal; the disabled become able; the shy experiment with bravery; and even the gifted become part of the whole. The lesson we teach and learn is that all of them are necessary for the show to go on. After all, " The world is a stage!’  

Because Everyone Deserves an Encore!

2022 Season

Our theme for this season focuses on mental health from various perspectives.


*Stay tuned for ticketing as we navigate through another year of Covid-19. Our number one priority is to keep our team, cast, crew, and patrons safe.* 


I Don't Wanna Talk About It


Drama ~ Comedy / Being a teenager is hard, and nobody wants to talk about it. Confronting the daily challenges of growing up, this series of monologues and scenes offers a look at a multitude of issues -- including dealing with parents who just don't get it, rumors, bullying, and suicide. By turns funny and tragic, the gritty details of adolescence surface -- exposing the things teenagers can't, won't, and don't want to talk about. 

By the Sea


By the Sea is a New Musical written and composed by our founder Effrem Thomas Grettenberger. The story sets in modern day times and follows a young Black man on his journey with mental health and all the surrounding forces around him pushing him in one direction or the other. 

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Don't Mind Me


Don’t Mind Me is an original production by EncoreSTL that involves real mental health stories from members of the St. Louis community that will be dramatized on the Stage. Our goals are to bring these stories to light and interweave them to depict the variety of mental health issues that exist. By acting out these stories we aim to 

  • create an emphatic bridge  between the audience and the actors 

  • get unstuck on preexisting ideas regarding mental health 

  • and decrease the sense of isolation, providing role models and instilling hope. 


Interested in your story being told and learning more? 
Submit a first draft (5-7 min story) to our Executive Team by April 1st, 2022.

*Ready to Submit, Click HERE

*Stories can be submitted in written, audio, or video format.

The show will be aired and presented live on April 22-23 at the Cherokee Street Yoga Collective. 


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Previous Seasons


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A Raisin in the Sun
A Raisin in the Sun

March 2019

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Clybourne Park
Clybourne Park

July 2019

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The Haunted Pool- A New Musical
The Haunted Pool- A New Musical

October 2019

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