It is with heavy hearts that we at South City Theatre bid farewell to our beloved founder, Alan Gardner, who passed away October 27, 2016. Alan and his wife Francie founded South City Theatre in a tent by some train tracks in 1999, with a mission to bring great theatre to their own backyard in Shelby County. Alan taught theatre in the Birmingham area for over 15 years, and co-founded City Equity Theatre, the area’s only professional theatre company. Anyone who worked with Alan could not help but be drawn to him. His passion and joy for his art were inspiring, and he brought things out of people that they never knew they had. We were all his students, and his passing is a tremendous loss to the Birmingham theatre community and to South City. We are proud and honored to carry on his vision, and we miss him deeply. We will share information about services when it becomes available. We ask that you please remember his wife, their four boys and his extended family in your prayers. -- by SCT President Dianne Rowe. Photo by Steven Ross.