The Patchwork Playhouse operates from Columbia, South Carolina.. For 27 years the Players, a professional educational theatre company, has toured throughout the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states. Founded in 1980 by Genie Eaker, the company was designed to tour schools and community arts centers with theatre for young children and families. For fourteen years Patchwork was a company in residence at Columbia College of South Carolina as an adjunct program of the Drama Department's Gingerbread Theatre community outreach program.
The plays offered by the company are original scripts or adaptations of classic dramatic literature, written and directed by playwright and Artistic Director Catherine Eaker exclusively for Patchwork. Featured performances include the International Children's Festival at Wolftrap Farm Park, the National Garden Festival in Gateshead, England by special invitation by the British American Arts Alliance, Picollo Spoletto, Charleston, SC and ongoing national television productions for public television and SCETV network.