Our Story

The Hickory Playground was created by Dylan Tashjian, Robert Fuller, and Jordan Makant to celebrate theatre and creativity in the greater Hickory, NC area. It is a not-for-profit theater company that encourages the creation of new art by giving everyone the opportunity to witness it and participate. 

The first annual Hickory Playground took place over a 48 hour period from July 21-23, 2016. More than 250 people came to the SALT Block's Drendel Auditorium to watch eight original one-act plays performed for the very first time. By the end of the night, thanks to our awesome sponsors and audience, we had raised over $6,000, half of which we gave to Hickory High School's Art Department, and the other half to St. Stephen's High School's Art Department.

The second annual Hickory Playground took place from July 20-22, 2017. The audience filled more than half of the Drendel Auditorium's seats and watched eight brand new one-act plays. The night of the performance alone (July 22), more than $2,000 was raised in the name of the arts. This enabled us to give $8,000 to arts in the local community, a significant increase from our first year. Please stay tuned for more information - the various recipients of that $8,000 will soon be announced.

When we look into the future, we see a world where the Hickory Playground is able to continue its financial support of arts in the Hickory and North Carolina community. We are incredibly proud of what we have accomplished, humbled by the support, and overwhelmed by the enthusiasm the community has shown us. If you are interested in helping the Hickory Playground continue to grow, please do not hesitate to contact us.