The SAT Story
The Southern Arena Theatre's first season in 1978 included Uncle Vanya, The Hound of the Baskervilles and A Streetcar Name Desire. Since then, SAT has been the summer theatre company for Southern Miss, Hattiesburg and the South Mississippi area, presenting an exciting variety of plays in a repertory format. Audience members travel to Hattiesburg from a wide area including Laurel, Meridian, Jackson, Gulfport, Biloxi, Mobile and New Orleans. They are attracted by the high quality of performances and the nightly repertory, which offer terrific summer entertainment.
When the Theatre and Dance building was opened, SAT moved from the old "HAT" building to its new quarters in summer 2000. Performances took place in the new Gilbert F. Hartwig Theatre, an intimate black box format that reminded patrons of the old theatre building. Eventually SAT expanded to performances in both the Gilbert F. Hartwig and Martha R. Tatum Theatres. This allowed for greater efficiency in our technical operation and implicit variety for the season. The 37th anniversary season will again offer two productions in nightly repertory in these two theatre spaces.
SAT support comes from The University of Southern Mississippi, the Colege of Arts and Letters, the Department of Theatre, Partners for the Arts, local corporations and from individual SAT Donors.
For many years, SAT Donors have provided key support for the summer repertory. This organization includes patrons who have attended SAT since its early years, as well as new members each season. SAT Donors make contributions beyond the cost of tickets because they believe in the importance of SAT as a vital cultural service to the comminity. In fact, SAT Donors are really company members of SAT, as important to the success of each season as are the playwrights, actors, directors, designers, technicians and staff.
We look forward to working with SAT Donors to build our repertory back to three productions in the near future. In 2013, we hope you'll enjoy The 39 Steps and Arcadia!