One of the nation's oldest and largest professional theatre companies for young audiences, BCT produces high-quality, professional theatrical entertainment and curriculum-relevant arts education experiences for children and families. BCT is the largest employer of professional theatre artists in North Alabama, and is Alabama's only professional touring theatre company. As the resident professional theatre of the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), BCT operates the 150-seat Dominick Studio Theatre, the intimate 250-seat Wee Folks Theatre for students ages 3-6 and the larger 950-seat Mainstage Theatre for students ages 6-up.
During the 2011-2012 season, BCT will celebrate its 64th anniversary with 10 professionally produced shows, 4 of which will tour over 30,000 miles to arts centers, schools and communities as part of BCT On Tour, BCT's touring educational outreach program. In-house productions at the BJCC annually play to over 110,000 school students in grades K-12, while BCT On Tour reaches over 50,000 additional students each year in approximately 100 cities across Alabama and the Southeast. BCT’s Academy of Performing Arts classes provide one-on-one instruction for students ages 3-18 in theatre training and fundamental childhood growth skills.
Established in 1947, BCT has touched the lives of over twelve million students throughout its six-decade history. BCT's ongoing New Voices Project has commissioned over 50 original scripts, stories, musicals and adaptations for young audiences since 1982 alone, and maintains a commitment to discovering new voices among playwrights, and the presentation and experimentation in dramatic literature for youth.
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