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Evansville Civic Theatre was born in the 1920's when the community theater movement swept across the country. But Civic Theatre's roots extend far back into the 19th Century to the days when independent theater companies performed throughout the Midwest, bringing artistry and entertainment to people who would otherwise never know the excitement of live theater. The founder of Evansville Civic Theatre, Miss Frances Golden, brought to the new community theater (called Peoples Players in 1925-then changed to Community Players) all of her previous experience as the daughter of a famous theatrical family. In addition, as artistic director for 17 years, Miss Golden gave to Evansville Civic Theatre a stability and sense of purpose that has shaped the character of community theater in Evansville for nearly 90 years.

From its humble beginnings at the Old Central High School auditorium, Evansville Civic Theatre has had many homes -- Memorial Coliseum, Bosse High School, the Rose Room of the McCurdy Hotel, the Elks Ballroom, and the Evansville Museum of Arts and Sciences when the name was changed to Evansville Civic Theatre in 1956. In 1974, Evansville Civic Theatre acquired it's own home, the former Columbia Movie Theater at 717 N. Fulton Avenue, built in 1910. Here, more than half a century of Evansville's cultural history and innumerable hours of production and performance time are re-lived every time the curtain is raised on a new Civic Theatre production. Civic Theatre celebrated its 20th anniversary in the former Columbia Theater in Sept., 1994, with an exterior restoration as the building appeared in 1939. In August 1996 New theater seating and a complete refurbishing of the theatre interior was completed.

In recent years, Civic Theatre has implemented numerous new projects and programs reaching more and more audience members. The NEXTWAVE Educational Program reaches out to children, teens, and adults through classes and two mainstage shows that have been incorporated into each season. The Civic Theatre Education Annex in the North Park Shopping Cener has birthed a new performance space in a flexible Black-Box setting dubbed The Underground at the Annex, and in 2011 Civic went into a partnership with Lincoln Amphitheatre for an annual summer presentation. 

Brian Woods
President

Allyson Claybourn
Vice President

Mark Atchison
Treasurer

Debi Hassler
Secretary

Board Members
Angela Briggs-Baumgart
Sean Esterline
Margaret Gregory
Ken Harpole
Jeremiah Kenoyer
Alison Moore
Allison Mooney
Bob Musgrave
Kirsten Wagmeister
Ken Zinn

Civic Theatre Staff

Christopher P. Tyner
Managing Artistic Director

Charles Julius
Technical Director

Coming from the west, exit at Fulton, stay in the left lane of the exit ramp, turn left onto Fulton and proceed to the theatre at Fulton and Columbia. 

From the east, exit at Fulton Avenue exit, turn right onto Fulton and proceed to the theatre.  Take a right onto Columbia and a right into the parking lot just past the theatre.

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Christopher P. Tyner
Managing Artistic Director

Charles Julius
Technical Director

Our Mission

Evansville Civic Theatre is a non-profit community theatre committed to presenting high-quality theatrical productions, to providing an imaginative environment for artistic expression for all members of the community, and to offering stimulating educational programming for youth and adults.

 



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