WHO WE ARE… Our story
Circle Theatre Company’s story began in 2001 in the hearts of two moms, Becky Saunders and Jeanne Richardson. Two moms who desired to see nine little thespians continue to grow in their creative gifts, two moms who were following their hearts, two moms who had just enough courage to step out of their comfort zones, two moms who began following a shared dream. This dream started the incredible journey known as Circle Theatre Company. From 2001 and nine students, to nearly 100 students spanning Kindergarten through 12th grade, Circle Theatre Company has flourished and seen the dream of these two women become a reality.
Over the course of its history, CTC has been blessed with numerous incredible artist educators, including Allen McCoy (now a Palm Beach Atlantic University Theatre Professor), Joe Obermueller (University of Sioux Falls Assistant Professor of Theatre), Voice Teacher Christi Griffith, Music Specialist Susan Eissele, Emerald Coast Theatre Founder Nathanael Fisher, professional actress and dancer Linda Novak, Elon University BFA Danielle Stinepring, and Children’s Musical Theatre Director Tracy McCoy. It was under Tracy’s direction that Circle Theatre produced its first fully mounted musical, Oklahoma! in 2004, to the awe of the students, the parents, and the community. By the 2006-2007 season, we began to fulfill our commitment to arts education with the development of core theatre classes: Drama I, Drama II, Drama III, and Drama IV; and the addition of Circle Theatre Kids – production classes for kindergarten through fifth graders. Over the course of the next four seasons, CTC continued to grow in students, classes, and productions. In 2009, the dream grew even bigger with Circle Theatre Company launching the “Family Series” in addition to our regular season of shows. The Family Series provided additional productions for Company members to continue to grow in their craft while providing family friendly entertainment to the Central Florida community.
2011-2012 kicked off the inaugural year of Circle School of the Arts (CSA), a specialized arts high school. CSA is now the home of Circle Theatre Company, providing talented students with incredible performance and scholastic opportunities. With classes offered through CSA now including Acting, Music Theory, Dance, and Visual Art, students are now eligible to earn an Arts Honors Diploma through this rigorous training program. CSA has seen its students accepted into theatre, music, and BFA programs at schools including NYU Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Steinhardt, Elon University, Point Park University, University of Central Florida, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and many more.
Circle Theatre Company is committed to educating the next generation of young artists and enriching their lives and our community by providing the very best in family-friendly entertainment. All as a result of two moms whose greatest desire was to provide a place where children could experience the beauty of theatre, discover their God-given talents, and to develop relationships with other like-minded artists. Two moms. One dream. One journey.