July of 2018 marks the beginning of Waukesha Civic Theatre’s 62nd season. WCT is proud to be part of 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 60 years of continuous operation. It has undergone many positive changes from its beginnings in 1957 with productions at Waukesha High School. In 1962 the theatre purchased a former church on Washington Street and converted that building into our home until 1999. In the fall of that year WCT moved to a beautiful new facility in the heart of historic downtown Waukesha. The building, formerly the historic PIX movie house, was donated to WCT by Bryce and Anne Styza. Styza, a prominent local developer, saw the power that the theatre could exert in revitalizing downtown. With Anthony and Andrea Bryant leading the charge, WCT raised nearly $2 million through the Live At The PIX Campaign, and construction began in 1998. Theatre arts education has been a part of WCT’s culture since 1957. Currently WCT offers year round classes in multiple disciplines for all ages through our Academy at Civic Theatre, including many outreach opportunities. Since the theatre opened in 1957 WCT has produced or presented more than 650 shows, over 14,000 people have volunteered, 450,000 audience members have been entertained, and more than 15,000 students served.
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.