About

History

Midland Community Theatre aims to bring quality theatre arts and education opportunities to Midland and the Permian Basin for the benefit of the audience and volunteers. Highlights include:

  • Founded in 1946 by Art Cole, Director Emeritus
  • Annual fundraiser – Summer MuMmers – started in 1949
  • Opened Theatre Center – near Dennis the Menace park – in 1958
  • Opened Cole Theatre at 2000 West Wadley in 1978
  • Summer Mummers started being produced at Yucca Theatre in 1981
  • Hosted 1995 National AACT (American Association of Community Theatre) festival
  • Purchased historic Yucca Theatre in downtown Midland in 1999
  • Produced EVITA with MOSC at Chap Center in 2001
  • $3.6 million capital campaign allowed MCT to renovate Cole Theatre in 2005
  • Hosted International AACT festival in 2006 at the Cole Theatre
  • First community theatre in USA to produce THE PRODUCERS (2008), RENT (2009), LES MISERABLES (2009) and SHREK THE MUSICAL (2013)
  • Represented North American at IATA International Theatre festival in Norway in 2011
  • Produced Les Miserables in conjunction with the Midland/Odessa Symphony and Chorale at the Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center (2014)

Midland Community Theatre has operated under the leadership of founding executive director Art Cole (1946-1983), Don Bachman (1984-1996), and is currently lead by executive director and producer, Timothy Jebsen (since 1997).