About the Haymarket Theatre

The Haymarket Theatre is a local theatrical arts organization with a beautiful 145-seat performance space located in Lincoln Nebraska's Historic Haymarket District. The Nebraska Youth Theatre stages ten full-length productions a year, numerous day camps, a week long spring break session, and three separate in depth three week summer performance camps. Our Mainstage Season includes four plays or musicals produced by the Haymarket Theatre. We also work with the many of Nebraska’s most recognized performing arts groups to offer them a venue in which to showcase their work. These groups included local playwrights, actors, dancers, storytellers, and more as we work to have new and intriguing performances each month. Information about all performances, past, present, and future, can be found here on our website or by visiting our Facebook page.

Mission & Organization

The Haymarket Theatre’s mission is to enrich, educate, entertain and empower our community through live theatre and youth performing arts education programs for all. Our vision since the theatre’s inception in 2001 is to foster, create, collaborate, and host intriguing theatre and high quality performing arts for the surrounding and greater Lincoln community. The Haymarket Theatre is dedicated to exposing the community’s youth to vast array of opportunities that can only be learned through an education and participation in the theatrical arts. We find that this creates a sense of pride in the students as they work hands on with a staff of talented and trained theatre professionals to bring a story to life. This dynamic approach to the instruction of theatre brings a wide variety of the community together under one roof creating a more profound outcome for all who participate. This institution brings together the community at large with the most talented theatrical professionals in Lincoln for a truly rewarding experience.

HMT Highlights

  • Fred Stuart founded The Haymarket Theatre in 2002 with the goal of providing outstanding theatre education toLincoln’s young actors and quality professional theatre to the community.
  •  Hamlet wins best performance of 2003, Lincoln Journal Star.
  •  2003, Friends of the Haymarket Theatre started as fundraising support for the Haymarket Theatre, raising over $100,000 in donations to date and $100,000 in grants to date.
  •  Pride & Prejudice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Darrow, three of the top ten best performances of 2004, Lincoln Journal Star.
  •  Executive Director Fred Stuart recipient of the Sam Davidson Award for his contribution to Theatre in Lincoln, Mayors Arts Awards 2005.
  •  Cabaret, one of the ten best performances of 2005, Lincoln Journal Star.
  •  I am My Own Wife, One of the ten best performances of 2006.
  •  Artistic Director Bob Hall recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award 2009.
  •  Pride & Prejudice, best theatrical production of the decade, 2010, Lincoln Journal Star.
  •  Roof collapse closes the theatre temporarily July 2010.
  •  Grand Reopening of the renovated Haymarket Theatre, January 2011.
  • Angels in America, Maginalia @ 40, Chiropractical and Monty Python's Spamalot chosen by Lincoln Journal Star as top performances in 2011.
  • The Four of Us chosen by Lincoln Journal Star as a top performance of 2012.
  • Anne & Emmett tours LPS middle schools and high schools.




Fred Stuart, founder of The Haymarket Theatre, is the Director of Creative Development for Theatrical Rights Worldwide. Previously he was the Broadway Junior Project Manager for Music Theatre International. He founded the Haymarket Theatre in 2002 and was the organization's Executive & Artistic Director for seven years before re-locating to New York City in 2008. In 1985, Fred began a long career in the theatre with a two year stint performing in San Francisco's long running musical Beach Blanket Babylon. He joined the Nederlander Organization in 1986 as House Manager of the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles and the Golden Gate and Orpheum Theatres in San Francisco. Fred began teaching children's theatre in 1992 and has continued throughout his career to write and direct plays and musicals for young actors. Fred is a Haymarket Theatre Board member and has returned to Lincoln each summer to direct shows at the Nebraska Youth Theatre's summer program. In the summer of 2011 Fred was invited to be a guest director at New York's legendary French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts, where he worked in residence. Fred lives in New York City with his wife Willo and their 5 year old son Anderson.