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A stock photo of Harris-Stowe State College, now Harris-Stowe State University.

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Harris-Stowe State University has a new president and among the new additions coming to campus is the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater Company.

The Black Rep will call the university’s Emerson Performance Center home for at least the next year. Its previous home, the Grandel Theater near the Fox Theater, was sold by Grand Center officials.

President Candace Gulley says having The Black Rep on campus is an exciting opportunity for students to get greater exposure to the arts.

“Also, those who are interested in theater have some opportunities to get some field experiences with The Black Rep,” she said.

The theater company also has a new benefactor. David Steward is the founder and chairman of World Wide Technology and Centene. Both companies have announced gifts of $100,000 to The Black Rep.

“It’s very rare for a city to have this kind of theater with an African-American tradition which, I have to say, has so much relevance well beyond the African-American community that we should embrace it as our resource, not just that of a niche within St. Louis,” Black Rep spokesman Tom Townsend said.

The Black Rep kicks off it’s 37th season on Dec. 4 with “Black Nativity,” a traditional African nativity story. The theater company will also hold one performance this season at the Missouri History Museum.

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