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MTVarts Show History


Our Mission

We will inspire our community to dream, give them the courage to pursue those dreams, and instill the confidence that comes from acquiring the necessary skills to fulfill their dreams.

Be the art that is in you!


Our Board

MTVarts is made up of a group of community members that are dedicated to bringing quality and affordable entertainment to Mount Vernon and Central Ohio. If you have any questions or comments about our productions, please contact us!
Susan Moreland, President
Sadie Hunter, Vice President
Joelllen Hunter, Secretary
Janis Stone, Treasurer
Evan Derr, Board Member
Leah Andrews, Board Member
Carrie Crouch, Board Member
Deanna Hasty, Board Member
Bruce Jacklin, Artistic Director
In 2013, the board voted to created an operating board made up of core volunteers, giving voice to specific areas of our infrastructure; Ashleigh Zarley, choreography; Scott Swingle, technical, marketing, information managment; Ian Fraser Ernsberger, facilities, marketing; Kati Bockover, house management; Chris Aust, costuming.

Our History


MTVarts is an all-volunteer, non-profit community theatre production company with proven success providing quality, affordable entertainment to our community while continually building organizational infrastructure to assure long-term survival. 


MTVarts promotes performing arts activites through our website, create a family-friendly summer musical, perform educational outreach through The Classics Series, hold educational workshops, and establish partnerships with a variety of organizations with our community.


Originally designed as a communication tool, MTVarts grew from a local theatre troupe, Bruce Jacklin & Company, offering dinner theatre at The Alcove Restaurant, a 100 year old institution in historic Mount Vernon.  Our first venture outside the dinner theatre realm was a 2007 production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast
In 2008, we determined official non-profit status was necessary.  It was applied for and attained.  MTVarts Inc has been granted Public Charity Status 509 (a) (2) and is tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS.  Your contributions to MTVarts are tax deductible.


MTVarts is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees (changed only by resolution) to ensure continuity of vision and purpose.  Our professional advisors are Nelson & Nelson, CPAs; Critchfield, Critchfield, & Johnston law firm; and our core corporate sponsor, First-Knox National Bank.

We are funded through ticket sales, donations, private foundation grants and corporate support. MTVarts is blessed with a core of dedicated volunteers who donate hours of time, goods, and services.

The MTVarts logo was designed by BlackCatCreative to represent the fingerprint each artist leaves on their work.  A tree was chosen as our graphic identity to visually illustrate there is as much unseen as there is seen and our audience-driven organization pledges to remain green and growing.  Our tag line best describes all that is MTVarts . . . Imagine more, together!


Our short term goal is to own or lease a space for rehearsal, workshops, and costume/prop storage.  With the support of The Ariel Foundation, this dream will become reality in 2014.

Our dreams and goals are as diverse as our volunteers but chief among them is a home of our own.   A fully-accessible, community-inclusive venue to  increase resources for educational and instructional programs, and provide a smaller, more intimate venue for the performing arts in Mount Vernon and Knox County.  Perhaps it is a pipe dream but at MTVarts, we believe in dreaming.



Because of the dedication and hard work of some very talented volunteers.


Because corporate sponsors believe in community theatre.


Because businesses purchase advertising.


Because individuals donate and volunteer.


Because people buy tickets and come see our shows.


. . . when you believe!



Upcoming Events

Latest News

10 March 2015
I don't find myself to be a very creative person. Therefore, I've found a very unique opportunity fo...
01 January 2015
So many stood with us in 2014 and said “I’m a believer.”  Thank you cast members, crew, behind-...
14 August 2014
The Little Mermaid Cast List has been announced! Tickets are on sale now!   Ariel -- Maya McD...
28 April 2014
I heard it again the other day, "It's just community theatre." And, yes, we are amateur, community t...

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