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Our Mission

Together we are inspiring dreams; teaching skills, instilling confidence and courage; and ensuring quality affordable live theatre.
Our core values are all-volunteer, audience-driven, fueled by passion, quality, and innovation.


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
Carrie Haver, Vice President
Leah Miller, Secretary
Janis Stone, Treasurer
Bruce Jacklin, Artistic Director
In 2013, the board of directors voted to create an operating board made up of core volunteers, giving voice to specific areas of our infrastructure. The current operating board consists of:
Scott Swingle, Information Management/Technical; Ian Ernsberger, Warehouse; Carrie Hyman, Social; Kate Ernsberger, Stage Management; Ruth Frady, Wigs/Costuming; Megan Evans, Props and 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, creates a family-friendly summer musical, perform educational outreach through The Classics Series and artsIQ, 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.  An operational board was established for the purpose of day-to-day managment of facilities and productions. Our professional advisors are Wilging, Roush & Parsons, CPAs and our 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!


With the support of The Ariel Foundation, our dream to lease a space for rehearsal, workshops, and costume/prop storage became reality in 2014. We continue to work with the City of Mount Vernon and other community partners toward the creation of a working place where art and science meet the community in historic Blackberry Alley.

Our dreams and goals are as diverse as our volunteers but  we continue to dream of 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

07 August 2016
Alice - Veronica MorganSmall Alice - Rylee JaroszChesire Cat - Peyton Hauenstein-Cline, JJ House, Ch...
20 April 2016
MTVarts is proud to announce the cast for Beauty and the Beast.   Belle Kelly LauthBeast Aaro...
05 April 2016
CALLBACKS Saturday, April 16.   You will be notified by phone if you are needed at callbacks....
01 February 2016
Have you ever wanted to be a part of an MTVarts show, but didn't feel like you could make it through...

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