In July of 2006, the Waukesha Civic Theatre began its 50th season. With that historic season, WCT joined an elite group: according to the American Association of Community Theatres, of the roughly 7,000 community theatres in the United States, only about 100 can claim 50 years of continuous operation. It has undergone many positive changes from its beginnings in 1957 with productions at Waukesha High School. In 1999, WCT moved from a former church to a beautiful new facility in the heart of historic downtown Waukesha. The building, a former historic PIX movie house, was donated to WCT by Bryce Styza, a prominent local developer who saw the power that the theatre could exert in revitalizing downtown. Since the theatre opened in 1957 to the start of its 51st season in September of 2007, over 10,000 people have volunteered and 200,000 audience members have been entertained.
The Waukesha Civic Theatre, Inc. is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide quality live theatre performances and educational opportunities that will enrich, challenge and entertain both participants and audience members.
At Waukesha Civic Theatre, we are working towards a time when the following statements are true:
- WCT has become a cultural cornerstone where thousands of participants are engaging in the arts on a regular basis.
- The best and brightest staff, performers, creators, designers, and volunteers in the area come together to mount a season of varied, high quality theatrical experiences.
- A wide variety of people speak to each other with excitement about what they have just seen or anticipate seeing at the Waukesha Civic Theatre.
- Young people throughout the Waukesha community flex their creative muscles and have a heightened sense of cultural literacy through involvement in a variety of theatrical experiences.
- Downtown Waukesha is a hub of entertaining and challenging performing arts activity anchored and nurtured by WCT. This is one of the unique aspects that attract people to meet, work, and live in downtown Waukesha.
- The community has embraced WCT’s vision, as demonstrated by sold-out performances and the company’s overall fiscal health.
- We are committed to providing a good value, pursuing artistic standards as high as any theatre in the area.
- We are committed to offering our audiences an escape from the everyday with a variety of productions that are fun, engaging, entertaining.
- We are committed to attracting and retaining the best and brightest professionals to operate a community-vested, financially viable theatre.
- We are committed to providing a creative outlet where all members of the greater community can come to appreciate and/or seek involvement in theatre.
- We are committed to being a community asset; a cultural cornerstone; and a facility for a variety of community-sponsored events.