Board of Directors

Vice President: Misti White

Treasurer: Don Carpenter

Secretary: Stephanie Stewman

Members

Win Emmons III

Melinda Adams

Hector Sabido

Ansuya Abnoussi

Katie Selman-Green

Cris Houston

Melli Wicliff

Caelie Terrazas

Wanda Kennedy

Jocelyn Williams

Advisory Council

General Counsel Pro Bono: Matthew Wright

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Waco Civic Theatre, a non-profit organization, is to provide the Heart of Texas community with quality live theatre, to create an outlet for community education and participation in all aspects of productions, and to instill in the community a sense of pride and ownership in the theatre.

OUR History

The Beginning

The roots of Waco Civic Theatre date back to the 1920s when the work of many enlightened citizens combined to form Waco Little Theatre, which operated  from 1925 to 1936. In 1945, then chairman of the Baylor University Drama Department, Dr. Paul Baker, and a team of WLT participants worked to reform the organization that would take the shape of Waco Civic Theatre (WCT) three years later. In 1955, Waco Civic Theatre was granted its non-profit status as a 501(c)(3).

Its own entity

Dr. Paul Baker collaborated with architect James Hull Miller of Shreveport, LA to design and build the new WCT at its current locale. So noteworthy was the success of their teamwork that the new theatre was commended in 1963 by the Journal of the Royal Institute of British Architects as one of the three best-designed theatres of its kind in the United States. Over the years, WCT has undergone several additons and renovations, thanks to grants and donations by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation; The Cooper Foundation; The Waco Foundation; and Mr. Frank Baird Jr. of Buffalo, NY in an endowment honoring his mother, Mrs. Flora Cameron Baird.

Currently

The Mission of the Waco Civic Theatre, a non-profit organization, is to provide the Heart of Texas community with quality live theatre, to create an outlet for community education and participation in all aspects of productions, and to instill in the community a sense of pride and ownership in the theatre.

OUR STAFF

Lucy Appel: Director of Business and Operations

Lucy joined Waco Civic Theatre in the spring of 024. A CPA and small business owner, Lucy is proud to use her accounting background to serve the Waco community. She is a graduate of Baylor University.

Piper McDonald: Box Office Manager / Administrator

Piper began working at WCT towards the end of 2022. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland and decided to come back to Waco to learn more about the theatre arts scene here. Piper is also an Executive Member of Silent House Theatre Company and has also worked with Heart of Texas Children’s Theatre and Young Festival Stage. She holds a strong passion for scenic design and plans to pursue an MFA in theatrical design in the near future.

Desiree Foley: Director of Community Relations

Desiree Foley is a Texas native and musical theater enthusiast. She grew up dancing and performing in productions throughout her youth and college, and she first performed with Waco Civic Theatre in 2016. Desiree has a master’s degree in Human Resources, and prior to her job at Waco Civic Theatre, Desiree worked at Baylor University’s Career Center for four years. Desiree is also an active member of Mosaic Waco church where she serves as a Deacon and on the HR Committee.


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