Announcing our new Education Department
At Marshfield Community Theatre, we’ve always valued what we call our three E’s: Entertaining, Educating and Enriching our community through our mission of providing a creative outlet for the performing arts.
Today, we are announcing the next big step in our continued growth and dedication to that mission: MCT’s Education Department. While this is not the first official Education Department at MCT, we’re excited to provide a new and fresh foundation for growing the talent of our young performers.
The MCT Education Director is Carolyn Billingsley. She’s supported by our Education Committee, the MCT Board of Directors and MCT’s Committee Chairs.
About Carolyn Billingsley, Education Director
Carolyn is a Springfield native but has performed and worked on MCT shows since 2014. Past shows include:
- Into the Woods (Little Red Riding Hood)
- Seussical the Musical (Gertrude)
- Annie (choreographer)
- Aladdin Jr. (choreographer)
- Frozen Jr. (director/choreographer)
Starting at 8-years-old, she studied in Springfield Little Theatre’s Pre-Professional Track program. Here, she gained knowledge and experience in a variety of areas of theatre, including:
- Script analysis
- Voice and movement
- Character development
- Technical design
Her knowledge of several dance styles — including tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary and modern dance — has helped her create energetic and creative choreography for some of MCT’s past shows.
Carolyn has taught dance and acting at SLT, as well as workshops and camps with SLT’s Summer Staff. She also worked on the creative teams for their mainstage season and education department throughout the years.
Outside of teaching, she runs her own theatre company in Springfield. There, she produces an annual show that raises money for local organizations, earning her a feature in 417 Magazine, an award from AIDS Project of the Ozarks, interviews with Springfield Business Journal and a nomination for Habitat for Humanity’s “Youth Philanthropist of the Year”.
When it comes to MCT, Carolyn said this in her initial proposal for the Education Department:
“This organization has become such a big part of my life, and I am so grateful for the lifelong friends I have made since I began my involvement. I feel like the passion, heart, and overall dedication MCT and its volunteers have to offer is extremely rare, and I am excited to see what the future has in store.”
Stay tuned for more information and be sure to follow all the MCT and MCT Education social media accounts.