Beloved Trustus Theatre co-founder, art director Jim Thigpen passes away

Beloved Trustus Theatre co-founder, art director Jim Thigpen passes away

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A beloved member of the Columbia theatre community has passed away.

According to the Trustus Theatre's Facebook page on Tuesday, theatre co-founder and original artistic director Jim Thigpen passed away.

The heartfelt post says:

Our theatre family and community are heartbroken at the loss of Co-Founder and original Artistic Director Jim Thigpen. The vision he and his wife Kay had over thirty years ago has changed what theatre is and can be in Columbia, and so many who have worked on our stage or sat in the audience have been changed forever by his work.

Thigpin recently celebrated a birthday on Aug. 25.

An outpouring of love and condolences have flooded the post, with many remembering Thigpen as a great mentor and teacher.

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