Our goal is to create quality theatre productions with and for the citizens of Cleveland, Bradley County, and surrounding areas.
...excellence. We work to attain the highest quality possible with the resources we have.
...community. Our auditions, rehearsals, and production meetings should are a safe place for people to try, learn, experiment, and create.
...art for adults. So many grown-ups decided long ago that they are not "artsy types." But we think theatre has something for everyone!
In 2013, a few local theatre lovers came together with a dream of creating quality, live theatre in Cleveland, Tennessee. Our meetings culminated in the formation of the Ocoee Theatre Guild, a Tennessee Non-Profit Corporation.
We found a home at the Venue Creekside, which has formerly served Cleveland as a movie theater and a home to live theatrical productions. It now acts as a space-for-hire for a variety of events. It’s state-of-the-art equipment and recent remodel makes it a beautiful home for the OTG!
Our first production was a relatively new play called Sirens, by Deborah Zoe Lauffer. We opened in February, 2014, and were pleased to have a successful two weekend run with audiences praising the production. In September, 2014, we produced The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a musical by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin, and in February, 2015, we mounted Brighton Beach Memoirs, by Neil Simon.
Each production has brought increasing crowds and expanding community involvement. For September, 2015, we will produce The Foreigner, by Larry Shue, a hilarious and wildly popular play that has entertained audiences all around the country for a generation.
In March, 2015, we were pleased to obtain approval from the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, as we look forward to sponsorships from local persons, businesses, and corporations for future productions.
We plan to keep bringing quality theatre productions in varying styles and genres. And we hope to continue to draw a variety of audiences and volunteers. We love theatre and we love the Ocoee region. The OTG allows us to serve both simultaneously. We hope you’ll come along for the ride.
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Ocoee Theatre Guild - Board of Directors
A retired educator from New Jersey and TN state evaluator of educational programs, Candy has a Masters degree from the University of Memphis. Her theatrical experience includes acting at Rutgers University, a box office assistant in a 2600 seat professional theater, president of Poplar Pike Arts Guild (a support group of 100 plus at Poplar Pike Playhouse), and an active volunteer at the Germantown Community Theater in Tennessee. She’s now focused on fulfilling her passion for live theatre with Ocoee Theatre Guild where she has been Production Coordinator for all its shows. She currently resides in Cleveland with her husband Jack.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia, William Wright has served as lifestyles editor and columnist with the Cleveland Daily Banner. He is the founder of the Academy of Mutual Interest in Motion Pictures, which has assisted actors, independent producers and directors in networking with likeminded talent. His career has taken him from the clerk's office of the Georgia Supreme Court from 1984 to 1994, to Divisional Manager with AEGON/Life Investors to Court Officer at the Bradley County Justice Center and presently, the Cleveland Daily Banner. William has written five screenplays, which were all optioned in the 1990s, and has authored The Little White Book of Light, published in 2011.
Phyllis is owner of R&M Yarns, a successful yarn business and teaching studio. She is co-founder and treasurer of Scenic Valley Handweavers Guild and has been involved with FCE (Family & Community Education) for almost 20 years where she is currently Vice President on the State Board and represents Tennessee and its 4,000+ members on the National level. She serves as box office manager for all OTG productions and has served as stage manager and sound and lighting tech. Her favorite pastimes are weaving and playing with her grandchildren.