Our History

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The Founders of Freedom Theatre

John Allen, Jr. and Robert E. Leslie, Sr. The founders of Freedom Theatre


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The Legacy of Edwin Forrest

In the early 1800s, Americans flocked to theaters as a source of entertainment and drama as American actors began to challenge the dominance of Britain.

Read more about Edwin Forrest

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 Our Theatre and History

 Edwin Forrest’s Philadelphia Mansion would later fittingly become the home to New Freedom Theatre.

See more about the Historic Building

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Historic Photos and Performance Gallery

Have a look at photos from our past performances and see a timeline of our shows.

See our Performance History and Photos

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Freedom Theatre Alumni

Read what New Freedom alums are saying about how their beginnings at New Freedom Theatre framed their attitudes on life, and their craft.

Visit the Alumni Page