Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Monterey County Theatre Alliance


The Monterey County Theatre Alliance promotes awareness and appreciation of the quality and diversity of local live theatre by acting as a liaison between venues, artists and the public. With a focus on community outreach, the MCTA addresses issues of administration, media, education, accessibility, audience development and other concerns related to the theatre.

The Big Idea

Expand and enhance backstage technical support for local theatres by facilitating workshops and hands-on on-site Technical Training and at Monterey County performance theatre venues.

A big challenge for our local theaters is finding experienced theatrical technicians: the creators of all that goes on backstage. What audiences remember is the performance and not the work “behind the scenes” — the costuming, props and sets, welding, painting, lighting and sound, the raising and lowering of the curtains, “flying” the scenery, wardrobe changes (to name a few essential components of stagecraft). Overseeing all of these activities and more — and keeping everyone safe — is the stage manager.

Monterey County Theatre Alliance’s “Big Idea” is to facilitate a series of Technical Theater seminars, with hands-on training by experienced professionals conducted at various theaters throughout Monterey County. Students of all ages will have the opportunity to work side by side with experienced technicians during multiple live performances and learn essential theater operations. The project has been enthusiastically endorsed by local production companies and venues large and small.

In January of 2017 I co-produced a production of David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theater” with The Monterey County Theater Alliance (MCTA). The project was a fundraiser for MCTA’s student scholarship fund. The project was a success, netting MCTA more than $2500 to use towards the fund. MCTA could not have been more professional nor more helpful. This is obviously an organization that is made up of competent, caring people who approach their duties with professionalism. They handled all of the administrative duties and were constantly offering their support on the artistic end of the project as well.
I would work again with this organization in a heartbeat. Throughout my dealings with them they exhibited kindness, offered unending support and demonstrated all the attributes of a solid, well run organization.

— Mark Shilstone-Laurent, Salinas