The Western Reserve Playhouse began in 1956 as the Bath Community Players, performing in the old Bath village town hall. The current barn theater was acquired in 1966.
A small, dedicated group of community players drew audiences from a widespread area of Summit, Medina, and Cuyahoga counties.
In 2006, WRP grew when it assumed the assets of Phoenix Stage Productions, itself a conglomeration of the Goodyear Community Theater and the Church Street Players.
In 2017, it hired its first Artistic Director with the responsibility of re-establishing WRP as a community asset and improving its financial security.
Today, Western Reserve Playhouse boasts an 8-production season, in addition to its reoccurring summer education camps for children, a $5 Bucks Staged Reading series, New Works Festivals, CaBARet Series, and year-round theater arts education.