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Vault Theatre Announces Full-Time Producing Artistic Director

Vault Theatre, a professional non-profit theatre company located in Durham, is delighted to announce the appointment of founder Lauren Sale to its first full time staff position as Producing Artistic Director. Sale founded Vault Theatre in June 2021, and since its inception has been working in collaboration with its Board of Directors to bring high-quality multigenerational theatre experiences to Durham. Vault Theatre is thrilled to transition Sale to the first full-time staff position.  

Having worked in Chicago, London, and Southwest Florida with companies such as The Young Vic, Writers Theatre, and Florida Repertory Theatre, Sale brings almost twenty years of experience as an arts administrator, educator, director, and producer to Vault Theatre and her hometown of Durham. With her leadership, creativity, and unwavering dedication to artistic excellence, Vault Theatre looks forward to continued growth and impact under her guidance.

“Lauren believes in the capacity and creativity of young people as performers, creators, and audience members. Having worked with her as an actor, administrator, and teaching artist, I can also say she is committed to treating the artists who work with her with the highest level of respect, care, and equity. You always feel valued working with Lauren. I can't wait to see how her artistic and administrative work takes multigenerational theatre in Durham to new heights,” says Matara Hitchcock, Executive Producer with The Justice Theatre Project. 

In her role as Producing Artistic Director, Sale will serve as the driving force behind Vault Theatre's artistic vision, responsible for conceiving, developing, and implementing programs that resonate with the community and uphold the organization's commitment to artistic and educational excellence. Central to Sale’s mission is the development of innovative and engaging theatre programs for participants of all ages. From weekly classes to in-school residencies and performances tailored to diverse audiences, Sale strives to create an environment where creativity flourishes and the transformative power of theatre is accessible to all. 

“Having grown up in Durham, this is the community I wanted to make my way back to. I kept waiting for the right job to surface and when it never did, I realized there was a gap for high-quality theatre for multigenerational audiences. I’m excited to dig in full time and keep serving families and young artists in Durham with great theatre experiences,” said Sale. 

The first project Sale will tackle is Vault Theatre’s growing summer camp program, which will reach over 120 local students this summer. In the fall, Lauren will direct Red Riding Hood by Allison Gregory as part of the organization’s Theatre For Young Audiences tour. 

For more information about Vault Theatre, please visit

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