The mission of the Mississippi Theatre Association is to foster appreciation of and participation in children’s, college, community, high school, professional, and university theatre in Mississippi by:
- sponsoring festivals, workshops, and retreats
- communicating with members and the public
- acting as an advocate to government agencies, business, and the public
- recognizing excellence in performance and production
- sanctioning representatives to regional festivals
Founded in the mid-1950s as the Mississippi Little Theatre Association, the Mississippi Theatre Association was restructured in the early 1970s. In the past, the Association served primarily as a sanctioning organization for the Mississippi theatre festivals and conventions under the aegis of the Southeastern Theatre Conference, the American Association of Community Theatres and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (SETC, AACT and MTA/KC/ACTF as they are more widely known). Today, MTA includes workshops, auditions, and scholarship programs for high school students; workshops for community theatre members; and much more.
Executive Director Stacy Howell serves as a central point of contact for the MTA.