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About

At Columbus Children’s Theatre we educate and involve young people of all backgrounds in the theatre arts. Through our programs we foster self-esteem and self-discovery by emphasizing discipline, integrity, team-building, and communication skills in a positive and creative environment. We promote access to theatre arts for families who do not have regular opportunities to appreciate theatre in their lives because of either economic, cultural, or other barriers.

"Transforming families through the power of the stage"

Meet

Our Staff

Our staff is truly dedicated to the passions of theatre and strongly believe that our classes help transform lives.

Isaac Steinhour

Technical Director

Kelsey Hopkins

Education Department, Teaching Artist

Susan Pringle

Executive Director

Board of Trustees

Officers

Nick Fortine – President
Columbus Business First

Carla Donev  – Vice President
NiSource

Joanne Goldhand

(Immediate Past President) Ice Miller LLP

Danette Clarno (Treasurer)
McDonald’s Corporation

Laurie Riebel – Secretary
Community Volunteer

Members

Amy E. Haid
Nationwide

Kristen M. Brant
PNC

Danette T. Clarno
McDonald’s Corporation

Sarah Cygen
Ologie

Jourdan Day
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

Maggie L. Ellison

Event Marketing Strategies

Colin J. Kalvas

Brickler & Eckler LLP

Noah Jellison

Ernst & Young LLP

Kate Spirko
Cardinal Health

Linda Swearingen
CASTO

Jeffrey J. Sweet
AEP

Angela Tavrell

CoverMyMeds

Gregory Tavrell

Huntington National Bank

Emeritus Board

Giacomo Conte

Linda Swearingen

Our History

For 58 years, the Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT) has been a local treasure. We were founded as the Columbus Junior Theatre (CJT) by Evelyn “Sis” Bloom, who had a distinguished career in media and communications in Columbus. CJT was the first of its kind to offer classes in theatre and production experience for children throughout Central Ohio. 

After breaking box office records every year, we made a move from a 99-seat space to a 170-seat theatre at 512 Park Street in 1997. In 1998, CJT changed its name to Columbus Children’s Theatre. 

In 2000, we were recognized as a “Major Institution in Columbus” by the Ohio Arts Council, the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and The Columbus Foundation. That same year, CCT commissioned its first full musical, The Druid Tree, which premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. 

We began to reach more students when we acquired the 15,000 square foot facility at 177 E. Naghten in 2012. Our academy expanded rapidly with the addition of classes and summer camps..

Our work continues to win awards from the theatre community. In 2017, CCT’s Summer Youth Performance Conservatory was internationally recognized for Once on This Island Jr, which won Excellence in Music and Excellence in Performance, Female (Sara Tuohy) at the Junior Theatre Festival.

In early 2020, we sold the Park Street Theatre to focus on theatre education and a limited number of productions at The Lincoln Theatre.  Partnerships with The Actors’ Theatre, Short North Stage, CATCO is Kids, Eastmoor Academy, Columbus Museum of Art and BalletMet have become increasingly important as we strive to maximize impact. 

But, we do so much more than sing, dance, and delight.

We offer an authentic, inclusive theatre experience, which entertains, nurtures, and makes a lasting impact on the individuals and communities we serve. Our work is important to anyone who values the arts and the impact of the arts on young people