East Bay Children’s Theatre:

The Oldest Continuously Performing Theatre Company in the SF Bay Area!

About EBCT

Since 1933, EBCT’s main purpose has been to bring the heritage of traditional folk and fairy tales (in the form of musical theatre) to economically disadvantaged, Title 1 elementary schools in Oakland and surrounding areas.  Our program is 100% FREE to the schools and students.


Through our productions we strive to highlight important lessons that promote positive values and strengthen self-esteem of children. Approximately 9,000 elementary school children (pre-K through grade 5) each year will be inspired and entertained during our visits to their schools.


Our Board of Directors

Eve McElheney Tieck................President

Charlene Okamoto.............Vice President

Desmond Simpson....................Treasurer

Michelle Mikatarian....Recording Secretary

Michael Jackson............Member at Large

Marian Simpson................Parlimentarian

Our General Membership

Terry Pink Alexander, Sallie Arens, Mary Bishop, Martha Boam, Candace Capogrossi, Susan Cochran, Nancy Debenham, Anne Doyle, Sue Farmer, Harriet Hannauer, Carol Hannon, Eleanor Hotchkies, Michael Jackson, Gloria Lightfoot, Gina Moreno,  Charlene Okamoto, Elaine Quimby, Desmond Simpson, Marian Simpson, Barbara Sloane, Eve Tieck, Vicky Yancey. 


Our Mission

  • To provide children an opportunity to experience musical theater

  • To promote academic achievement in literacy to low and moderate income students

  • To expose students to new ideas that ignite their interest and their imaginations.

  • To support a multi-dimensional learning and teaching environment in the classroom.



Our Professional Staff

Ron Lytle: Our multiple award-winning Resident Musical Playwright and Composer. (RonLytle.com)


Tania Johnson: Our vocal director.


Dallis Wright Morash: Our choreographer.


Sue Ellen Nelsen: Director Emeritus.


A staff of professional designers​ and stage managers.


In addition, we sponsor an Intern program to provide a paid educational opportunity for young theatre professionals.

Our Volunteers

The secret of our longevity and consistent quality is the enthusiasm and talent of our volunteers, supported by high-caliber staff of theatrical professionals on the Production Team.


Our volunteers help with costumes and sets; handle the lighting, sound equipment and sets; as well as perform in our World Permiere musical versions of classic fairy tales, under the direction of a professional director, choreographer and vocal/music director.


Drop us a line and join us!


Our Awards

  • San Francisco 49s Community Quarterback Award

  • Family 2 Family Award from Oakland’s KTVU Channel 2

  • Oakland Business and Arts Award from the Oakland Chamber of Commerce 

  • San Francisco Bay Area Critics Award

  • San Francisco Bay Girl Scout Council nominated EBCT for the Daisy Award recognizing Distinguished Achievement in Inspiring or Serving Youth.

  • Commendation by the California State Legislature for our “devotion to and concern for enhancing the lives of the youth of the Bay Area with live theater performances.”

  • Citation from The Oakland Unified School District has cited for quality and variety of school performances.

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