Theatre IV is the second largest children's theatre in the nation and the largest in-school touring theatre company in the nation. In 1975, Theatre IV was founded by Bruce Miller and Phil Whiteway, becoming the state's first professional theatre for young audiences. It began as a touring company, performing around the nation at elementary schools and recreation centers. In 1977, Theatre IV presented its first main stage production at downtown Richmond's historic Empire Theatre. In 2012, the Empire Theatre was renamed the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre in honor of a $2 million gift to renovate the historic building. Theatre IV merged with Barksdale Theatre in 2012 to become Virginia Repertory Theatre.