“Every successful social movement in this country’s history has used disruption as a strategy to fight for social change” -Alicia Garza
OC Theatre Guild is devastated by the trauma that so many are experiencing over the atrocious and unnecessary deaths of George Floyd, Tony McDade, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and an unbearably long and growing list of Black people. We stand with those who are seeking justice and change for this country through protest. We vow to look closer to ourselves. We vow to speak up more often. We vow to listen more deeply.
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?"
BOARD COUNCIL MEMBERS:
Amanda DeMaio, president (STAGEStheatre)
Kristin Campbell, Vice President (The Wayward Artist)
Oanh Nguyen, treasurer (Chance Theater)
Wade Williamson, secretary (Theatre Artist)
Brian Newell (Maverick Theater)
BOARD ELECT MEMBERS:
Katie Chidester (Project La Femme)
Heather Enriquez (Curtis Theatre)
Jill Cary Martin (Theatre Artist)
Michael Serna (Costa Mesa Playhouse)