About Clayton Community Theatre
The Clayton Community Theatre was founded in 1998 at the invitation of the Clayton School District to serve as the resident community theatre company at Clayton High School. CCT’s purpose then, as now, was to provide a vehicle for all members of our community to be involved in the production of top quality live theatre. Through its three annual productions and through its program of community outreach, CCT has involved hundreds of individuals in productions that have played to consistently enthusiastic reviews and crowded houses.
CCT believes that our successful history as a theatre company has proven that there is an important place in our community for a volunteer theatre company that is open to all and driven by a commitment to excellence.
In the fall of 2006, CCT began operations in our new home on the campus of Concordia Seminary in Clayton (the former CBC High School building). In the fall of 2007 this property was purchased by Washington University in St. Louis, and is now known as the Washington University South Campus. The theatre is an outstanding 210-seat venue with handicap accessibility, elevators, and a lighted parking lot. CCT operates on the Washington University campus as an independent community theatre company and is not affiliated with the Washington University Performing Arts Department.
Clayton Community Theatre is incorporated as a Missouri nonprofit corporation and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Membership in the organization is open to any interested individual. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors whose officers are:
Marilyn Albert-Hack, President.
For the past 45+ years, Marilyn has been contributing to theatrical productions as "techie," assistant director, cameo, problem-solver, bit-part player, nudge, promoter, coach, stage manager, off-stage voice, director, and board member. The roles have changed, some of the names and faces have changed, but this is a board, with whom collaboration is always a pleasure. It takes a village!
Jessa Knust, Vice President of Administration.
Barbara Flint, Treasurer.
Barbara has been in accounting for over 33 years and she loves it. She would even say that it is her hobby! Barbara loves live shows, thinks that CCT is a hidden treasure, and is looking forward to what the future has to bring to the group. Barbara says, "I always wanted to be involved in theatre, and this is a great way for me to start, doing what I love (accounting) and who knows, I may even audition one day. To infinity and beyond..........."
Nieccole Hilliard, Secretary and Webmaster.
Nieccole has been working with CCT since 2006. After stepping away from active participation for a few years to have children, she is very happy to be active with the group again. Nieccole has a BA in Theatre Performance and an MA in Theatre Education.
Sam Hack, Artistic Director.
Sam Hack is well known throughout the St. Louis theatre community as one of our area’s most distinguished theatre educators. Sam retired from full-time teaching after more than two decades as theatre director at Hancock High School in St. Louis County. In a career of more than 40 years he has acted and directed with numerous professional and community theatre companies. His recent directorial work with CCT includes The Diary of Anne Frank, which played to sellout audiences and rave reviews throughout its summer 2003 run, and the spring 2007 production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Other Board Members:
Nathan Schroeder, Ellen Schroeder, Nada Vaughn, Maureen Highkin, Jessa Knust, and Mark Choquette
Betsy Jones, Tim Kelly, Julie Smailys, Greg Warnusz, Jeanne Short, Keith and Susan Kronemer, Erin Vlasty, Paula Trammel, Sarah Hart, Beth Kuppinger, Nancy Crouse, Amy Ruprecht-Belt, Mark Neels, Kelly G. Hunter, Vicki Hoffmeister, Darrious Varner, Jean Heckman,
Erin and Jeff Struckhoff, and Joseph Wegescheide
Jim McNulty, Fran Jackson, Mark Zoole, Jack Kempf, Nada Vaughn, and Nathan Schroeder
The Clayton Community Theatre was founded by a group of Clayton residents interested in expanding access to the performing arts through community theatre. The organization’s motto is “Places everyone,” the announcement traditionally made by the stage manager a few moments prior to curtain to call the actors and crew to readiness. The motto reflects the goals of Clayton Community Theatre, which are: to offer Clayton and surrounding communities top-quality theatrical entertainment; to showcase local talent; and to provide any interested member of our community the opportunity to become involved in theatre production. We are a volunteer-driven organization and welcome all theatre lovers interested in assisting in our productions.
Clayton Community Theatre derives revenue primarily from ticket sales, with additional support from program advertising, contributions, sponsorships and grants.