A Message from our President

Welcome to the Mississippi Theatre Association.

Mississippi has a secret that is slowly being revealed to the world. This secret is not something that has been hidden or denied. It has been heralded for quite some time. We at MTA are excited that the secret is getting out. We want it known, recognized, and respected. – – Mississippi does great theatre!

MTA is an organization seeing to foster the appreciation and participation of theatre. We long to see our great state of Mississippi as a place where art is valued through the power of theatre. We are dedicated to seeing this vision come to pass through our combined efforts of arts and theatre-related advocacy, developing and deepening communication among our theatre organizations and practitioners, and providing opportunities for further education in the work of theatre.

We hope that you will join us as united we press forward to get the secret out.

– Tim Matheny


Mission: To foster appreciation and participation in theatre.

Vision Statement: A Mississippi where art is valued through the power of theatre.

Motto: Mississippi Does Great Theatre (Credit goes to Denise Halbach)


Values: ACE

Advocate – To publicly support or recommend a particular cause or policy.

Communicate – Share or exchange information, news, or ideas.

Educate – To train by formal instruction, and supervised practice especially in a trade, skill, or profession.


Overall Goals:

  • Acting as an advocate to government agencies, businesses and the public.
  • Sponsoring festivals, workshops, and networking opportunities.
  • Communicating with members 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.


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