Mission and History

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The mission of the Mendocino Theatre Company is to produce plays of substance and excitement, ranging from the classics to the cutting edge, to nurture local talent, and to provide meaningful theatrical experiences for our local and visiting audiences. MTC is a vital component of both our coastal artistic community and the local economy. We are the embodiment of a uniquely talented group of actors, directors, designers and theatre technicians, all dedicated to creating theatrical magic within the intimate setting of our artistic home, the 75-seat Helen Schoeni Theatre.

The historic black-box stage has been the site of over 200 productions since the company’s founding in 1976. The comfortable lobby boasts a full bar offering cocktails, beer, wine and a variety of locally-made treats.

The theatre sits at the northeast quadrant of the Mendocino Art Center campus. In addition, the Art Center has a number of galleries that make for interesting exploration while on the property.

During this time of quarantine, MTC has adapted to a new normal by producing theatre for the radio. Our plays — including our ONE-MINUTE RADIO THEATRE — appear regularly on KZYX and KNYO.


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