The Name

What is difficult, exciting and a little crazy?  If you guessed doing professional theatre, you’d be right. When searching for a name for our improbable adventure, we wanted something with a connection to this area. It’s a long-time tradition in East Tennessee to stack two anvils with a charge of black powder in the middle, light the fuse and then run like hell! With every performance at Flying Anvil, we celebrate the power of live theatre to bring us together - to laugh, cry and raise a ruckus!

The Mission

Flying Anvil Theatre creates the best kind of trouble - engaging audiences with powerful stories that make us think deeper, laugh louder, and feel more. We're passionate about how theatre can help open hearts and minds.

The Vision

By fulfilling our mission, we will create adventurous theatre that connects audiences with new ideas and visceral story-telling. By establishing a regional reputation for great work and taking interesting and entertaining risks, Flying Anvil will become a premier destination for theatre-lovers in the Southeast.

Our Story


In 2012, co-founders Jayne Morgan and Staci Swedeen raised funds via house parties and a successful 24-hour Facebook fundraising blitz to present Staci Swedeen's moving one-woman play, Pardon Me for Living, to audience raves. The play was produced at the East Tennessee History Center, Knoxville Museum of Art and Pellissippi State Community College. We received great press and amazing financial support from friends and local theatre lovers. By the end of that year, we assembled a full Board of Directors comprised of diverse representatives of a wide variety of communities and backgrounds.

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