In 2014 we held our first Introduction to Theatre Workshop (May 2014) directed by Lisa Alteri with 35 participants. We continued adding workshops before each audition and then a summer week-long workshop as time and space allowed. In Fall 2016 we added a Theatre Skills Intensive Workshop and a Winter 2017 Triple Threat Intensive Workshop to meet the growing community interest in youth theatre.
In 2015, MCCT began offering student internships opportunities for high school and college students, and created the Clayton Miller Memorial Scholarship Award for youth pursuing theatre in their choice of higher education programs. In 2016, MCCT was able to expanded the scholarship fund to include participation fee scholarships for children wanting to participate in our productions and workshops.
The North Carolina Theatre Conference (NCTC) recognized MCCT for their 2017 Youth Education Award. This statewide award was nominated by the NCTC Board of Directors. Presented to MCCT at their Wizard of Oz Summer 2018 production.
In April 2018, MCCT presented School Daze (2018) directed by Mark Lighton. This production featured over the course of two days a series of short (10 – 30 minute) small-scale plays will be performed in the style of a film festival. A series of workshop-style events led up to the actual stage performances. Our goal was to help the participants gain a deeper understanding of stage production through hands-on experience. Three of the plays were directed by student directors completing their high school senior projects and mentored by MCCT Board Members. All proceeds went to toward the Clayton Miller Scholarship Fund.
Clayton Miller Memorial Scholarship
After the passing of Clayton Miller in 2014, the MCCT created a college scholarship award named in his honor to youth pursuing theatre in their choice of higher education programs. In 2016 MCCT expanded the scholarship fund to include participation fee scholarships for children wanting to participate in our productions and workshops.