Don't take it from us.

Words from our Theatre Family

The Theatre Centre is more than a building and a stage and actors and crew. It’s more than a venue. It’s a home and a haven and a family. It’s the frame that holds the masterpieces of Chattanooga’s community: its most talented, creative, and passionate members. I can’t wait to be back among them!

Greer Caldwell

When I first moved to Chattanooga, on a whim I tried out for BEAUTY & THE BEAST having never done anything like that before and was cast as the Beast. Since then I found a tremendous family at the CTC and I know that the encouraging, uplifting, and empowering spirit that I have felt in my time is being instilled and fostered in everyone that is lucky enough to participate in a CTC production. From the youth theater to the community outreach and the collaborations with other groups and organizations, my wife and I are proud to be a part of supporting CTC‘s next 100 years!

Bryan Kelly

CTC is a Chattanooga treasure. Every show brings me new friends and an exciting experience. CTC has enabled me to make memories that will last a lifetime. I will always be grateful, and I will be back every chance I get.

Becky Byrns

I am overjoyed with my first theatre experience and so happy it was with the CTC. I became a sponge and realized how much work everyone puts into every production, I’ve learned that theatre is a team sport just like basketball or football. There are no small parts, there is no one who isn’t needed. The cast and crew really taught me why I should appreciate live theatre, and the effort that every person in the show, both on stage and off stage, puts into it. Thanks CTC for sharing your talents and knowledge. I am forever grateful!

Kimberly Reynolds

Thinking of CTC volunteers as amateurs might sound negative, but “amateur” comes from the word for love. The CTC is a community of amateurs who love creating art together. Audiences are surprised that we’re volunteers because of the professional quality of our work. Since 2001, I have volunteered on stage, back stage, behind a piano or in the lobby. The CTC is like Oz: there’s no place like the artistic home I’ve found there.

John Echols

The Theatre Centre has had a special place in my heart since I was 6 years old. I grew up watching my uncle in productions, and that was where I got my passion to be an actress. I ended up going to Center for Creative Arts and majored in theatre in college. Now I’m the dance teacher at Barger Academy of Fine Arts.

Felicion McMillon-Diakhate

(This is) my first rodeo as far as a musical is concerned, but I love singing. I’m 64 years of age and just wanted to feel young at heart. I do here. This has just really blossomed my inner child, so I’m having a great time here at the Theatre Centre. I’m glad they gave me the opportunity to show my talents.

Jackie McCain

In THE WIZ, Dorothy sings, “When I think of home, I think of a place where there’s love overflowing”, and that has been my experience — I’ve been very much at home here. I always have that little magical something inside me when I come to this building. Thank you, Theatre Centre, for giving me this opportunity to give back to my community through the arts.

Nicole Coleman