What is Hartworks?

Where every work is a work of hart.

Hartworks Theatrics (known affectionately as simply "Hartworks") is a newly formed small-scale, not-for-profit theatrical production organization based in the Upstate of South Carolina. At Hartworks, we believe that every production is an opportunity to share our hearts and connect with audiences, fostering a sense of unity and a lifelong appreciation for the art of live theatre.As we embark on our exciting initial journey into the local Upstate artistic community, we eagerly anticipate the adventures that await us in 2024 and 2025.

Upcoming Performances

Christmas with Neel Patrick and Friends

Saturday, November 30th, 2024
Simpsonville Arts Center Auditorium

Following the success of 2023's Melodies Under the Mistletoe, Neel Patrick and Hartworks Theatrics will be bringing a new Christmas cabaret to the beautiful Simpsonville Arts Center this Thanksgiving weekend! More information will be announced this summer, but be sure to mark your calendars for an intimate evening of carols, laughs, and sweet memories. Stay tuned for special announcements, including our special guests performers, in the coming months! Tickets will be available to the public on Friday, October 18th! Join us for what audiences in 2023 said was “one of the best Christmas shows in the Upstate!”

All About Hartworks

WHO WE ARE

Hartworks Theatrics (known affectionately as simply "Hartworks") is a newly formed small-scale, not-for-profit theatrical production organization based in the Upstate of South Carolina. At Hartworks, we believe that every production is an opportunity to share our hearts and connect with audiences, fostering a sense of unity and a lifelong appreciation for the art of live theatre.As we embark on our exciting initial journey into the local Upstate artistic community, we eagerly anticipate the adventures that await us in 2024 and 2025.

Neel Patrick Edwards

Founder and Executive Producer

neelpatrick@hartworkstheatrics.org


Neel Patrick has been an active member of the South Carolina Upstate theatre community for nearly 15 years. He's had the pleasure of performing at local venues like the Greenville Theatre, Centre Stage, the South Carolina Children's Theatre, and the Flat Rock Playhouse: The State Theatre of North Carolina. Originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina, Neel Patrick earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of South Carolina Upstate, igniting his fervor for Arts Administration and marketing.A versatile theatre enthusiast, Neel Patrick enjoys wearing multiple hats on the artistic front – actor, singer, performer, director– all rooted in his authentic love for the craft and sharing it with those around him. In 2023, Neel Patrick officially founded Hartworks Theatrics so that he could further expand his passion for theatre on the producing and directing front.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Hartworks Theatrics is a proud 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Because of this, all contributions are tax-deductible. We have many opportunities for donations and sponsorships and would love to partner with you!BECOME A SPONSORSponsorship for full-length productions typically start at $5,000, but that number is flexible when it comes to singular events and concerts. Click below to see our full list of sponsorship benefits. Custom sponsorship packages are also available, designed based on your company’s needs and
the benefits you would like to explore.
BECOME A PATRONInterested in supporting Hartworks but don't want to become a sponsor? Consider becoming a Hartworks Patron! There are six levels to choose from, each making a valuable impact on our organization as we get started.Click below to learn more!

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering with Hartworks? We'd love to have you!We are always on the lookout for general needs, such as set construction help, venue load-in and outs, decorators, ushers, ticket takers, etc.We will post specific needs to our social media and our mailing list.Want to be added to our volunteer group?
Send us an email via the CONTACT form on this site, and let us know the areas you may be interested in helping.
Thank you for your interest and support of our organization!

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Neel Patrick Edwards
Hartworks Founder and Executive Artistic Producer
Theatre and Communications Professional
Jonathan Kilpatrick
Theatre Artist and Educator
Susan Hawkins
Retiree

The "Hart" Namesake

"There is a very real relationship, both quantitatively and qualitatively, between what you contribute and what you get out of this world."
- Oscar Hammerstein II

From the moment someone hears the name of our newly formed "Hartworks," two questions invariably arise: 1) What do they do?, and 2) How did they get that name? Don't they know 'heart' is misspelled?Well, the short answer to the second question is: no, it's not a typo. More importantly, the name pays homage to a great artist— David Earl Hart.Ever since there was an inkling that my dream of establishing a theatre organization might be materializing in some way, I knew precisely whom I wanted to honor in our organization's namesake.The name "Hart" in Hartworks pays tribute to my mentor and friend, David Earl Hart. I had the good fortune to be one of the many young people who had the opportunity to work with Dave during his time at the Flat Rock Playhouse, where he proudly served as Education Director over Studio 52. I had the pleasure of meeting Dave and becoming friends with him in 2017 while participating in "The Little Mermaid" followed by "Seussical" at the now-gone Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.Within seconds of meeting Dave, he enveloped you in an embrace. You immediately sensed that this wonderful, sweet man cared deeply about you and the art you would collaboratively create together.Dave's approach to directing and collaborating was unlike anything I had ever witnessed before (and honestly, not like anything I have seen since). There were times when I would enter a rehearsal solely to watch him work, as he captivated everyone around him. It didn't matter who you were; Dave treated you as a colleague, a friend, and most importantly, a partner. Whether you were a Broadway powerhouse like Hal Prince or Elaine Stritch, or a little southern boy who climbed up the mountain because he heard they were putting on "The Little Mermaid," you received the same level of respect and camaraderie.Dave's directing style was like attending a masterclass in theatre. Listening to him discuss art and emphasize the significance of live performances are memories I will cherish forever. I have never encountered anyone who loved the theatre as passionately as he did. Watching him watch a show was as enjoyable as watching the show itself. Dave was passionate, charismatic, and, above all, loving to everyone he encountered and to art itself.As Hartworks embarks on its creative journey—a journey of which I am not entirely certain of the destination or the pathways—I hold onto and cherish three things that Dave treasured dearly: a love for theatre, unwavering collaboration, and- most of all- play.- Neel Patrick

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I help Hartworks in its beginning stages?
Click here for Sponsorship and Donation opportunities! Thank you for your interest!
Where are you located?
Currently, all of our performances take place at The Simpsonville Arts Center (110 Academy St.) in beautiful Downtown Simpsonville, South Carolina. Hartworks does not have a permanent office or rehearsal space (yet). We partner with venues on a production to production basis.
How do I purchase tickets?
Tickets are available for purchase by clicking the "Box Office" link on or by visiting hartworkstheatrics.ludus.com.
How can I get in touch with the Box Office?
The easiest way to contact the Box Office is by emailing BoxOffice@hartworkstheatrics.org. (You can also contact us through the CONTACT section of this site. We are very quick to respond! Currently, we are not available by phone unless a call-back is scheduled through email.

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