OC Theatre Guild's mission is to nurture, support, and promote live theatre in Greater Orange County. 

OC Theatre Guild was founded in 2015 to address the need for a more united local theatre community. It provided a platform for theatre leaders to discuss business challenges as well as share ideas and season information.

In 2019, OC Theatre Guild organized as an official not-for-profit 501(c)3 to serve our vital artistic community. Our mission is to nurture, support, and promote live theatre in Greater Orange County,  supported by our long held beliefs that theater and performing arts are an essential part of what creates a healthy, passionate and multicultural society, enriching communities and providing opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment.  

OC Theatre Guild's strategy is to advocate for our local theatre community while at the same time providing the public with information, access and opportunities relating to live theatre events in Greater Orange County.

We continue to build a membership that reflects the thriving arts scene including all individual theatre artists and theatre organizations of all sizes. In addition to managing and producing the OCTG Theatre Awards, we offers an e-newsletter, website, workshops and panel discussions on topics of concern to the Orange County theatre community, Regional Auditions, production preview articles, artists and organization spotlights, and most recently a Theatre Artists Relief Fund to support independent theatre artists who are struggling as a result of lost earnings due to the outbreak of COVID-19. 

We are committed towards answering the question, "What can we do together that we can't do on our own?"



  • Amanda DeMaio, president (STAGEStheatre)

  • Kristin Campbell, Vice President (Theatre Artist)

  • Katie Chidester (Project La Femme)

  • Anna Jennings (South Coast Repertory) 

  • Brian Newell (Maverick Theater)

  • Oanh Nguyen, treasurer (Chance Theater)

  • Wade Williamson, secretary (Theatre Artist)


  • Jill Cary Martin (Theatre Artist)

  • Michael Serna (Costa Mesa Playhouse)

The Orange County Theatre Guild acknowledges that the area known as Orange County occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Acjachemen Peoples in the Juaneño Territory and the Gabrielino-Tongva Nation. In addition, we recognize and support the sovereignty of California’s 109 federally-recognized Indian nations (link), for Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for those who were forcibly removed from their Homelands. For more information, visit the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians and the Gabrielino-Tongva Indian Tribe webpages.