Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary

It is the 10th Anniversary Season for The 5 & Dime! Believe it or not, 10 years have passed since a small group of creative artists and friends put their dreams into action and created The 5 & Dime. Much has changed over the years, but the goal of the founders, the board of directors, and all the volunteers that generously devote their time remains the same: we are here to make change and create a positive impact on the Jacksonville arts community.


The 5 & Dime began its journey as a nomadic theatre producing plays in the best locations for actors and patrons alike. From there, they moved between three different warehouse spaces before finally settling into their permanent location on Adams Street in downtown Jacksonville. During this time, The 5 & Dime was fortunate to partner with other artistic initiatives such as CORK, the Cummer Museum, the Jacksonville Public Library, and Pangea Live. These partnerships helped the theatre achieve greater reach within their local community and beyond. 2020 brought uncertainty and, at times, chaos, but it also allowed the founders and the board of directors’ time to think about the future of their endeavors. Collectively, they decided their mission and vision was best served by returning to their roots. In late 2020, The 5 & Dime moved from their downtown location and became nomadic once again.


Ten years can feel like a lifetime, but it can also feel like a beginning. The 5 & Dime looks back on all the accomplishments and changes and realizes they still have much to do and much to look forward to in the next ten years. William Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” The 5 & Dime knows who they are and cannot wait to discover what is in store for their future. So stay connected and stay tuned. The 5 & Dime has big things, including returning to the stage, in store for 2021. They will also begin a social media campaign to talk about the 10 reasons to love The 5 & Dime. If you have stories, anecdotes, or encouraging words you'd like to share, please contact Bradley Akers at bradley@the5anddime.org.