Who We Are
who we are
Birmingham Children's Theatre exists to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of children through the magic of professional theatre.
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 second largest employer of professional theatre artists in Alabama, and is Alabama's only professional touring theatre company. As the resident professional theatre company 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.
In-house productions at the BJCC annually play to over 90,000 school students in grades K-12, while BCT On Tour reaches over 80,000 additional students each year in approximately 100 cities across Alabama and the Southeast. BCT's Young Actor's Theatre provides 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. In 2017-2018, BCT offered more than 250 in-house performances and 200 tour performances that reached over 570 K-12 schools and served over 170,000 youth and families.