We provide youth a forum for creating confidence, gaining self esteem, developing character, and building the career and life skills necessary to achieve success and fulfillment in an ever changing world.


We are essential to our community and the success of youth because we provide unique learning opportunities, help youth achieve individual and team goals, teach life skills, discover and encourage individual talents, contribute to personal growth, and promote community outreach.


Our values guide us in making day-to-day decisions to fulfill our mission. We build long term relationships with those who share our values of integrity, passion for excellence, innovation, respect, teamwork, life-long learning, and stewardship.


1. We develop and maintain programs that support our Mission.
2. We have a sustainable fundraising plan to promote, encourage, and financially support us in achieving our Mission.
3. We have a marketing plan that educates the community on our programs and overall Mission.
4. We cultivate a network of community support to help sustain the future of the organization.
5. We provide a safe and professional environment, while maintaining fiscal responsibility.

EVCT will begin its 20th season in the fall of 2016 in the Playhouse Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center. Managed by an all-volunteer board of directors, EVCT has grown from one production and one workshop to an award-winning children’s theatre, bringing exceptional theatre to children and their families in the East Valley community.

EVCT offers the following programs:

  • PLAYWRIGHT CONTEST– Promoting playwriting of original works for children’s theatre (Princess Furball, The Snow Faerie, Brave Little Tailor, Tale From the North Woods, The Frog Prince, The Golden Butterfly, The Goats Gruff, Puss ‘n Boots, Queen Zixi of Ix, The Bluebird Prince, Cap O’ Rushes, Moonprince, and Sixty-Seven Cinderellas)
  • SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS – Supporting former EVCT youth, studying theatre in college. Download more info     Download Application
  • DRAMA CLASSES – Six and eight week classes that meet once a week throughout the year covering a variety of theatre techniques and topics.
  • INTERGENERATIONAL THEATRE PROGRAM – Youth work with senior citizens to create plays that they perform at retirement communities and assisted living centers.
  • EVCT EXPRESS – A group of youth who meet once a week and create a performance piece, which they perform in the community at various locations.
  • ON THE SPOT IMPROV – A team of youth who meet once a week to practice improvisation techniques and games which are then performed throughout the Valley.
  • EVCT BRAVO – The Troupe rehearses songs and choreography from Broadway shows and performs in the East Valley.
  • SUMMER & SPRING MUSICAL THEATRE CAMPS – In a one or two week session, youth participate in intense acting, dancing, and singing skill courses. They also rehearse a play or performance for the final day of camp.
  • TECHNICAL THEATRE PROGRAM- Youth learn the basics of technical theatre through training at the MAC, working with theatre professionals & hands on training.
  • COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM – free performances at various non-profit organizations who serve children & their families.
  • LITERATURE ALIVE PROGRAM – Takes a story into the schools and libraries where the troupe members read a story, then act it out, do an interactive activity with the kids in the audience and then give each child in the audience a copy of the book that was just read.

All Main Stage performances are at the Mesa Arts Center in the Nesbitt Elliott Playhouse located at 1 East Main Street in Mesa

Show times Thursday-Saturday at 7pm, Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 2pm

ASL and Audio Description Available

Call the Mesa Arts Center Box office at 480-644-6500 or online purchase available at MesaArtsCenter.com – then click on East Valley Children’s Theatre