San Carlos Children’s Theater is a non-profit organization committed to educating youth in all aspects of theater production while nurturing creative expression, self-confidence, teamwork, and an appreciation for the arts.


Since its inception in 1990, San Carlos Children’s Theater has become a leader and family favorite in youth theater, producing more than 142 shows,  training more than 12,000 aspiring young actors, and entertaining over 24,000 Bay Area families.  SCCT provides students ages 5-18 with quality theatrical experiences which foster creative and critical thinking skills, develop leadership, build self-confidence, and teach teamwork in a supportive, safe environment. We strongly believe that the process is just as important for the student as the product, and strive to help performers discover more about themselves as they learn the fundamentals of performing arts and technical production. Through after-school drama classes, musical theater camps, specialized workshops, and full-scale productions, SCCT nurtures each student’s imagination and creative aspirations to help them reach their full potential and develop a life-long love for the arts.

SCCT is committed to the community and providing exceptional theater training to students throughout the Peninsula. In addition to our independent performing arts programs, we are now in our sixth year of partnership with the San Carlos School District, teaching daily classes in the San Carlos middle schools, as well as providing after-school theater classes and productions to public schools in Redwood City, Belmont and San Mateo. SCCT believes in giving back to the community and each year hosts a variety of free family activities (e.g. movie nights, scavenger hunts), as well as participating in local community events like San Carlos Hometown Days, San Carlos Farmer’s Market, and Belmont’s Save the Music festival.

Our non-profit organization is led by an Executive Operations Director and Executive Artistic Director, along with an all-volunteer Board of Directors.  SCCT’s skilled staff also includes an experienced team of drama instructors, musical directors and choreographers, and a part-time Technical Director, Costume Designer, Set Designer, & Marketing/Communications Manager. Students are routinely encouraged to participate in theater leadership by joining SCCT’s  Youth Advisory Board, as well as working as assistant directors/choreographers, technical crew assistants, or class/camp aides.

SCCT Believes It’s Important To…

* Apply a holistic developmental approach
* Foster a sense of inclusion & camaraderie
* Value process, as well as product
* Create pride and a sense of accomplishment
* Collaborate with local schools
* Supply professional, caring, creative educators
* Participate in and give back to the local community
* Produce quality entertainment and fun for all ages
* Develop life-long skills in communication, presentation & collaboration



* 1,300 Students
* 10,000 Audience Members
* 28 Classes / Camps
* 5 Mainstage Productions
* 6 School Outreach Productions
* 1,200 Social Media Fans
* 3,500 email subscribers
* 400 Volunteers
* Voted “Best Theater Class”  and “Best Day Camp” on the Peninsula 2017 (Bay Area Parent Magazine)



“My daughter took her first SCCT class last night called “Creating Character”…this morning she said ‘I want to go back to class tonight. It was so fun! A week is too long to wait!'”  – S. Casey

“I’m so happy our kids are getting to have this experience.” – N. Kaufman-Cohen

“We had the best time while in the show. Thanks to all for a most wonderful production!” – K. Stevens

“I  appreciate SCCT’s commitment to performing arts education. My children love all the great experiences and making new friends at the theater.” – S. Toth

“SCCT has always been a second family to us…We really appreciate the many opportunities it provided our kids to grow in a loving, encouraging fashion.”  – J. Richards

“I loved growing up at SCCT! It was a lot of fun and I learned important skills that I use today in my college classes and presentations.” – K. Harris

“Eron, you are an amazing teacher. My kids love you! – I. Tillier

“Thanks so much for the experience! R. loved it!” – R. Waks Bennett

“A lot of what you taught me has strongly influenced my current success in life. Being in computer science most developers are plagued with being shy… but I’ve managed to avoid that and I think a large part of that was acting with SCCT as a kid….I really appreciate all that I learned at SCCT and use it frequently.” – K. Spector

“SCCT is a community treasure with exceptional teachers who helped my children
develop life skills like teamwork and collaboration.”- C. Du Bois, Sequoia Union High School
District Board Member



San Carlos Children’s Theater began in 1990 as a program of the San Carlos Parks and Recreation Department. But after receiving strong community support, an independent Board of Directors was formed in 1991, and a full-time Artistic Director was hired soon after. The theater is now an independent 501(c)(3) corporation. With a mission that embraces artistic excellence and education, the theater has grown from a few children’s workshops in 1990 to offering a full-schedule of classes every quarter and producing at least eight productions a year. Our performing troupe ShowStoppers! dazzles community audiences with its Broadway-style routines throughout the year, and every two years children and adults combine talents in a special SCCT community musical.

SCCT has received Bay Area Parent Magazine’s ‘Best of the Best’ award for outstanding theater education for 11 consecutive years, and has been recognized by the City of San Carlos with a special arts proclamation and designation of an official San Carlos Children’s Theater Day.  In addition, SCCT Theater Manager Donna Avanzino received the 2013 San Carlos Arts and Culture Achievement Award for her work in promoting and enhancing artistic and cultural contributions within the City. Our students have gone on to be successful in a range of fields from performing arts to teaching to engineering to finance, but all agree that their training with SCCT was invaluable, and provided them with the confidence, critical thinking skills,  collaboration techniques, and clear communication know-how that are so important in both school and the workplace today.

The theater’s stability after 27 years results from the loyal dedication of its staff and volunteers. Without the hard work and financial support of such individuals year after year, SCCT could not have developed into the shining star that it is today, offering award-winning programs and enhancing the quality of life for thousands of Peninsula families every year.

Thank you for your interest in San Carlos Children’s Theater and welcome to our theater family!