About Us

Theatre [502]

What We Do

Since its inception, Theatre [502] has brought recent and relevant plays to Louisville, Kentucky – stories that ask big questions and get people talking. We’re eternally committed to sharpening our craft, building relationships across the city, and showcasing Louisville’s rich pool of talent.


Our enduring goals:

· Champion fellow artists in our community

· Challenge the traditional hierarchies of how theatre is made

· Embark on resource-sharing partnerships with local and regional institutions

· Represent the beautiful diversity that comprises our beloved [502]


What our audiences can expect:

· Dynamic productions of contemporary plays with a sense of humor and a dash of magic

· Original projects/events/experiences that speak to the city of Louisville

· A spirit of experimentation

· Affordable ticket prices


Above all, Theatre [502] is dedicated to realizing our community’s full potential as an artistic hub, a compassionate city, and a force for progressive change in the Commonwealth.

Who We Are

Theatre [502] is an ever-expanding group of theatremakers who choose to live and work in Louisville, Kentucky. We value artistic rigor, generous critique, and open-hearted collaboration. We believe that live performance begets empathy, and that there’s tremendous power in a good story well told.




Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus

Amy Attaway

Amy Attaway is co-founder and proud Artistic Director Emeritus of Theatre [502]. She is Associate Artistic Director for Kentucky Shakespeare. where she also facilitates the Shakespeare with Veterans program. For [502], Amy directed The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, The Two Lobbyists of Verona, Red Speedo, The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn, Auctioning the Ainsleys, Broadsword: a heavy metal play, and Futura. Kentucky Shakespeare: Henry V, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Richard II, The Taming of the Shrew, The Winter's Tale, and the touring productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. Other directing credits include Sleep Rock Thy Brain in the 2013 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre; Oh,Gastronomy!, The End, Post Wave Spectacular, and 3:59am: a drag race for two actors (Humana Festival); The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful… (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Holland, MI); and Steel Magnolias (Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham, WA). Amy spent five seasons as Associate Director of the Apprentice/Intern Company at Actors, where she trained young actors and developed new works. Amy is a graduate of the University of Evansville. 


Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus

Gil Reyes

Gil Reyes is co-founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of [502]. He currently lives in DC and works in Congressman John Yarmuth's office. Previous work includes Senior Manager of Communications at Kentucky Science Center and Director of Development for StageOne Family Theatre, where he won two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, created the organization’s now signature event Play It Forward Night, and increased annual fund revenue and number of donors. He also directed Petite Rouge: A Cajun Little Riding Hood in their 2014-15 Season. Gil is on the Leadership Council of the Fairness Campaign and works on the allocations committee for the Louisville AIDS Walk. For [502] he directed The Debate Over Courtney O’Connell of Columbus Nebraska, Gruesome Playground Injuries, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The 13th of Paris, Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play, Rich Girl, and Failure: A Love Story.


Resident Lighting Designer

Jesse Alford

Jesse AlFord is the Resident Lighting Designer of Theatre [502]. He is a transplant to Kentucky from California via Washington State. When he isn’t working with Theatre [502], he can be found providing light for various other Louisville entities, and teaching youth all over the country how to juggle and unicycle. Jesse has a degree in Theatre Arts from Washington State University, and is the President of the American Youth Circus Organization.


Resident Stage Manager

Starr Peters

Starr Peters is the Resident Stage Manager at Theatre [502]. She is originally from Washington State where she has a degree in Theatre Arts and Drama from Washington State University. Since moving to Louisville some years ago she has found her theatre home with Theatre [502] where she serves as the production stage manager. During daylight hours she can be found at the Kentucky Science Center where she puts all of her theatre technical skills to use as an operations specialist.


Theatre [502] Co-Founder

Mike Brooks

Mike is a recognized theatre practitioner and experienced arts administrator, also serving as Business Manager for StageOne Family Theatre for several years and as grants manager for the Kentucky Arts Council prior to that. Mike spent 10 years at Actors Theatre, where he served in many roles including coordinator of the Humana Festival, co-founding producer and emcee of The Late Seating, and manager of foundation and government relations. His directing credits include boom (Necessary Theatre); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Alley Theatre, 2010 LEO Readers’ Choice – Best Theatre Production); … Cuckoo’s Nest (LRC); Hunter Gatherers, The Aliens, Edgewise, Thom Pain, Bull ([502]). At Actors, Mike directed numerous ten-minutes and radio plays, and served as assistant director on four mainstage productions. He was the winner of Louisville’s 2013 Moth GrandSLAM.