One of the art world's most enduring elements--theatre--derives its capacity for survival and success from the will of the people and the community it serves. Perhaps that is why Angelo Civic Theatre's rich history is such a vivid testament to San Angelo's artistic spirit. Angelo Civic Theatre traces its developmental roots from a dramatic society that was formed on November 21, 1885, and whose first project was initiated to secure funds for a town clock. Although vacillating economic times and two world wars suspended the artistic efforts of the community on a number of occasions, theatrical productions continued. In 1950, upon the creation of the San Angelo Civic Theatre, a sustainable form of theatre was realized. In 1980, the theatre's Board of Directors raised the funds necessary to purchase and renovate the Parkway Theatre into a 230-seat theatre that continues as the Theatre's current home. Since its inception, the Theatre's artistic programming has expanded to serve approximately 15,000 participants each year.
The mission of Angelo Civic Theatre is to culturally enrich, educate, and entertain through the art of theatre and theatrical performance and to encourage community participation in all aspects thereof.
To this end, the Theatre will endeavor to:
• Celebrate and examine the human condition through the shared experience of theatrical performance; • Present exciting, challenging, and evocative plays selected from classical and contemporary periods; • Explore the world of literature and develop new works; • Build an audience that reflects the diversity of the San Angelo community; • Establish and maintain educational and outreach programming that cultivates future artists and encourages an appreciation for the art of theatre; • Explore the finest local, national, and international theatrical trends; • Promote the development of high artistic and administrative standards and leadership capabilities.
Angelo Civic Theatre is committed to the growth of each volunteer, artist, staff member, board member, and patron. In keeping with that ideal, the Theatre will provide opportunities that encourage a commitment to artistic excellence, respect for self and others, and service to the community.