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Theatre Cedar Rapids, founded nearly 100 years ago, welcomes more than 60,000 visitors a year for self-produced shows with auditioners from all over the Corridor. “We’ve just kind of grown and grown into one of the top five or six community-based theaters in the country, in terms of budget, scale, capabilities that we can do with our costumes and sets, and our talent pool is just tremendous,” said Hannah Brewer, TCR development director. “I don’t want to say we’re the pinnacle of theater in the area, but we sure are close and we take great pride in that,” she added. TCR has been named the CBJ’s Coolest Place to Work in the medium-sized business category in 2022. Ms. Brewer says that’s due to TCR being “unlike any other theater there is.” From 2018 toward the end of 2019, TCR ran full-scale productions of shows like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Newsies,” “Matilda the Musical” and “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” before pivoting to all-virtual shows like “The Skin of Our Teeth,” “St. Nicholas” and “Out of Bounds.” Now the in-person theater experience is back in full force, with TCR planning 11 shows during the upcoming season from August 2022 to July 2023. The key, says Ms. Brewer, is each member of the staff who make these shows possible. “It’s so cliche, but the whole adage, ‘No small part, only small actors,’ is true in theater,” she explained. “Our finance person is just as important as our artistic director. They all make the wheels turn. I think we're now in a place in this organization where we really appreciate that and understand that we respect one another’s strengths and abilities. It’s a very symbiotic kind of organization.” That mindset has allowed TCR to grow in recent years, with the number of full-time staff now at 16 and a couple dozen part-time employees and contractors helping as needed.