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A theatre company dedicated to women

Magnolia Theatre Company

Founded in 2012 by Gina Handy Minyard, Magnolia Theatre Company (MTC) quickly became one of the most talked about theatres in Pennsylvania. Minyard, a professional actor, had become more aware of the gender disparities in the theatre, and research proved there was a lack of female leadership and opportunities for women. Inspired by change, she decided to start a professional theatre company dedicated to women. The company moved to Dayton, OH in 2014 where the need for professional theatre for women was bigger than ever. MTC joined the ImPACt program at the Victoria Theatre Association. Their first show, Parallel Lives, was produced with 100% local, female talent.

MTC has continued in its quest, producing the fundraiser Broadway Beveled, an evening of male songs and monologues gender flipped. Magnolia also started Femme Artisan, a staged reading series dedicated to new and under produced work. In 2022, with the help of the Montgomery County Arts and Cultural District, MTC became a 501(c)3 organization. They have become a producing partner with the University of Dayton’s Theatre, Dance and Performance Technology program for the 2023-24 season and is a new member of Dayton Live’s Community Spotlight Program.

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MTC lives by three words

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FRESH is the commitment to bringing strong female characters to the stage in performances that entertain, inspire, and provoke.
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FUNKY is the trendy vibe at Magnolia. We want to be different, unique, and powerful.
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FEMININE is the most critical part. In addition to strong female character onstage, every attempt will be made to hire women in all technical, administrative, and creative roles.
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Magnolia Theatre Company produces shows that celebrate strong female characters.
A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization

Thank You For Your Continued Support!

At Magnolia Theatre Company, we are deeply committed to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within our organization and the broader theatre community. We envision a world where gender equity thrives in the theatre, and we strive to serve and uplift those who have been historically marginalized and oppressed by the limitations of the gender binary.
Our Commitments:
MTC firmly believes in transparency and fair compensation. We will ensure that all job postings include clear and explicit information about pay, providing potential candidates with the necessary information to make informed decisions about their applications.

Board Members

Gina Handy Minyard

Founding Artistic Director

Stephanie Radford

Board Chair

Rachel Robinson

Board Member