Nov 7 - Dec 31, 2019

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

A big challenge for our local theaters is finding experienced theatrical technicians. 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, for example.

This year's Big Idea is to extend recruitment of individuals 16 and older to work side by side with experienced technicians prior to and during multiple live theatre performances to learn essential theater operations at various venues throughout Monterey County. This project is an expansion of our 2017 project called Hands On Technical Theatre Workshops. During the 2018 pilot of Hands-On Technical Theatre Workshops, we determined that to improve access to and promotion of our Program, we needed to enhance some of the pilot project's activities. For example, we've found that although high school students extremely interested in participating, they are limited by lack of transportation. We will conduct more technical panel discussions by bringing our technical advisors to individual schools and organizations.

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. 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. I’m hoping to continue my relationship with this outstanding organization and join together with them in future productions.

- Mark Shilstone-Laurent