Charlotte Street Foundation identifies the needs and fuels the evolution of an ever-changing multidisciplinary arts ecosystem, acting as its primary provocateur. We cultivate the contemporary, the exceptional, and the unexpected in the practice of artists working in and engaging with the Kansas City Art Community

KC Public Theatre


Kansas City Public Theatre provides access to the arts through year-round theatre entertainment free of charge to the public. This mission is carried out in two activities: first, through producing aesthetically and ideologically diverse new works and reimagined classics which reflect the unique history and concerns of the Kansas City community; and second, to cultivate civic-minded artists, audiences, and citizens through community-based devised theatre workshops.



Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman –Executive Artistic Director

Elizabeth Bettendorf Bowman is a director, teacher, and arts administrator from Wahoo, Nebraska.  Since graduating from Northwest Missouri State University in 2012, she has made Kansas City her home and has worked at several area not-for-profit companies. She received her Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is a faculty member at Benedictine College where she teaches theatre courses.

Elizabeth has trained in the Suzuki-Viewpoints method of acting with the New York based SITI Company. As an active teaching artist, Elizabeth has taught classes in sketch comedy, creative drama, scene study, improvisation, auditioning, Elizabethan history, stage combat, and beginning text analysis for the Coterie Theatre and Heart of America Shakespeare Festival.  As a director and administrator, Elizabeth has worked at such companies as the Coterie Theatre, Act ONE Theatre Academy, Corbin Theatre, KC Fringe, Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre of Kansas City, and Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Through her work in theatre education and outreach, Elizabeth was inspired to create a theatre which reaches all corners of the diverse Kansas City community.  By producing free theatre, Elizabeth hopes to foster the creativity of our citizens and explore the truly global nature of the Kansas City region.

Nathan Bowman –Producing Artistic Director

Nathan Bowman is a Native American theatre artist and musician from Kansas City, MO.  Embracing an interdisciplinary approach to theatre, Nathan obtained a Master of Arts in Religious Studies before beginning work on his PhD in Theatre at the University of Kansas, where he has directed and teaches courses in acting, and theatre history.

Nathan has worked professionally in the Kansas City area for over a decade and has trained at both the New York based SITI Company and at Second City in Chicago.  As an actor, Nathan has worked in several area theatre, film, and television productions, including several years at Kansas City Repertory Theatre. Nathan has worked internationally in Montreal and currently does work in Greece as an actor and collaborator with local Greek theatre artists on work in ancient performance spaces.  Nathan has appeared as Kreon in Antigone at the Ancient Theatre of Oiniades and is scheduled to return to Greece for the next few summers to work with playwrights and direct productions of Greek tragedy.  By producing free theatre, Nathan hopes to create an open space for intercultural exchange and imaginative new ways of telling stories.

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