There is a magical moment in the theatre shared by those onstage and those in the audience: the moment when the lights go down right before the show begins and we linger in anticipation, excitement, wonder, and a collective understanding of the bravery that’s forthcoming. Then, in one second, the lights come up on yet another story carefully chosen and curated for that moment in this community.


Please consider joining us in our pursuit to raise $50,000 by December 31 in celebration of our 10th anniversary. Any amount donated, from $1 to $1,000, will allow us to:

  • Produce exceptional, quality theatre that sparks important conversations in our community

  • Partner with venues that offer ideal spaces for actors to share, and audiences to experience our stories

  • Further invest in our human resources to strengthen our infrastructure and capacity for growth

  • Cultivate relationships with local organizations that expand our ability to reach and create connections with new audiences.


Today marks 10 years to the day that we held our very first production as a theatre company: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury at the Jacksonville Public Library’s Downtown Branch. Our co-founders and early framers dreamt of a theatre company that elevated the Jacksonville cultural arts community by creating a safe space for storytelling that would spark conversation and create change. From this dream, The 5 & Dime was born. 


Our vision for The 5 & Dime’s next chapter can only be achieved together. Our organization is on the brink of significant capacity-building growth, all centered around creating new opportunities for important stories to be told and shared with this community we love and believe in. Our vision is ambitious, but our ambition from 10 years ago remains the pulse of our organization’s journey. Together, we’ll continue to make The 5 & Dime the cultural arts institution that we’ve all dreamed it can be.


On behalf of The 5 & Dime family, from the Board of Directors and Artistic Team to the actors and volunteers, thank you. You’ve been an integral driver for our growth and staying alive as an organization—for that, we are extraordinarily grateful. We can’t wait to see you again (when you’re ready) at one of our productions. Until then, we’re sending our best wishes and a whole lot of love. 


Bradley Akers

Managing Artistic Director