About Us

Our Staff

Eric Shephard

Executive Director

Eric has been the Executive Director since 2013. He joined WCT after 13 years as artistic director of Killeen’s Vive Les Arts Theatre and holds a master’s degree in theater directing from Baylor University. You may have seen him in a few of our productions, most recently Outside Mullingar.

Chaz Macklin

Technical Director

Chaz is the set wizard. He joined the team in spring of 2021 and came on staff the following August. He programs the lights, designs the sets, constructs everything (with the help of volunteers), and is mastering the sound system. His most recent sets include Ring of Fire, Outside Mullingar and Descendants, among many. His favorite show is Something Rotten but his dream role is the Carnival Barker from Assassins.

Clarissa Pompa

Diversity Outreach Coordinator & PR Specialist

Clarissa is a Baylor graduate with a degree in Journalism. Originally the PR intern in 2016 for WCT, she made a joyful return in 2020 as a social media contractor. Today she is eager to have our stage reflect our community and emphasize the importance of representation in the arts. Clarissa is also a Jeopardy enthusiast.

Melissa Lohr

Administrator &
Summer Youth Coordinator

Melissa is the go-to person for all the WCT happenings. From scheduling our spaces to coordinating classes and events, she does it all. Additionally, she stage managed Little Women, The Alibis, Ring of Fire, and A Little House Christmas. She music directed Last Five Years, Descendants, Seussical Kids, Most Wonderful Show, Tuck Everlasting, and Bright Star. Her favorite show is Songs For A New World.

board of directors

President: Caroline Akers
Vice President: Misti White
Treasurer: Carolyn Sutherland
Secretary: Piers Bateman


Win Emmons III, Pat Atkins,  Teresa Chavez, Donnie Balmos,  Mike Wright, Hector Sabido, Rachel Woods, Steve Cates

Advisory Council

Carolyn Haferkamp
Roman Novian
Wanda Kennedy
Erin Dubois
General Counsel Pro Bono: Matthew Wright

Our History

The Beginning

The roots of the Waco Civic Theatre date back to the 1920’s when the work of many enlightened citizens combined to form the Waco Little Theatre (WLT), 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 additions 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.


Today, WCT produces six Main Stage Productions, ranging from classic dramas to new Broadway musicals to hilarious comedies. Additionally, aspiring local artists, theatre professionals, educators, and youth work in partnership to produce children’s theatre workshops, stage productions and outreach programs for schoolchildren.

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.