The Collierville Arts Council was formed as a fundraising organization to finish the Harrell Performing Arts Theatre. When the Community Center/Harrell Theatre complex was built in 1984, the theatre was an empty shell. Within three years, the funds were secured and the theatre opened in 1987. The focus of the Council was then shifted to underwrite the productions presented at the Harrell Theatre.
The Harrell Performing Arts Theatre, through The Collierville Arts Council, is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in performing, musical and visual arts. Our goal is to be an expression of the community’s talents and to promote the arts to all citizens of the Town and surrounding are
Over the past 29 years the Arts Council has presented over 150 productions at the Harrell Performing Arts Theatre, which is owned and operated by the Town of Collierville. The productions include: Little Women, Twelve Angry Men, Grease. The Nutcracker, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Oliver, The Miracle Worker, The King and I, Big River, The Sound of Music, The Drowsy Chaperone, The Music Man, Driving Miss Daisy, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Crucible, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Elephant Man, High School Musical I and II and many others. The Arts Council has sponsored “The Symphony in the Rose Garden”, a premiere Collierville event featuring the Germantown Symphony Orchestra for the past 5 years.
The Arts Council hopes the Harrell Performing Arts Theatre and other artistic endeavors will continue to be an expression of the Town’s talents, values, resources and aspirations for many generations to come.