The purpose of this statewide service organization shall be to promote excellence and creativity in live theatre by providing its members educational opportunities for growth in artistic and technical aspects of theatre, and to promote community awareness and understanding of, and access to, live theatre alone or in conjunction with other arts organizations, educational institutions and other theatre organizations.
The Ohio Community Theatre Association was formed in December 1953 with sixteen theatres. For over 60 years, OCTA has provided support to community theatres through workshops, through the annual regional OCTAFests showcasing community theatre productions, and though our three-day annual conference.
Today, OCTA serves over 100+ member theatres in five Ohio state regions including member theatres from across the Ohio River, Kentucky and West Virginia!
Ongoing activities include this web site, a newsletter - CueLines - published five times a year, an annual call to conference, script lending library, guide/respondent/speakers bureau, monographs updating the OCTA Manual and, resource directory used to locate props, costumes, equipment, etc. We do this with an all-volunteer Board of Directors and one part-time paid staff position.