CTC, a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1976, will begin its 38th full season in September 2013

CTC has a current budget of 1.7 million.

CTC has a full-time operating staff of 22 to 30, comprised of performers, technicians, designers, directors, playwrights, and administrators.


The CTC Season runs from September until July and presents 14-18 plays; more than 500 performances to an audience of more than 60,000 yearly in California's Santa Clara Valley and an additional 90,000 on tour.

Six to eight plays each season are available for local, national, and international tours.

CTC's Young Audience Series, running from September through May, includes school morning performances for grades K and up, and evening and weekend performances for families.

CTC has year-round education programs and workshops for hundreds of school children each year. The CTC Summer Theatre Conservatory trains over 400 young people, ages six to eighteen, in theatre skills each summer at up to ten different sites in the Santa Clara Valley.

CTC Summer Rep, running during June and July, presents three or four plays in repertory - three plays for adult audiences and usually one play for family audiences.

In its history, CTC has presented over 19,570 performances of over 570 productions to an audience of more than 5,830,000.


Recognized by the American Theatre Association in 1979 and 1984 as the top professional theatre for young audiences in the United States.

Twice opened the season at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Sponsored by the Canada Council for a month-long tour of Canada.

Selected for a 52-day tour of Europe sponsored by the United States Government.

Received the Sunnyvale Chamber of Commerce Award for International Leadership in the Performing Arts 1992.

Received the City of Sunnyvale Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts for Dr. Gayle Cornelison, General Director 2004.

Voted "Best of the Best" Family Theatre by Bay Area Parent Magazine in 2003 and 2006.

CTC Summer Rep 2007 production of The Woman in Black was voted Standout Dramatic Production and Standout Lights and Sound by and Wave Magazine.

Summer Rep 2012 received Silicon Valley Small Theatre Awards 2011 - 2012 for Standout Classical Production - The Contrast and Standout Adult Contemporary Production - A Thousand Clowns

International Recognition

CTC was selected for a partnership with the Apple Tree Library Foundation for tours to both perform and teach in China to promote English language libraries, starting in 2007 with Miss Nelson is Missing!

CTC has had exchange programs with theatres in Sweden, Russia, Norway, Italy, Canada, and New Zealand.

CTC members have participated in theatre festivals, seminars, and performances in Australia, Canada, China, the Cook Islands, Czechoslovakia, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Yugoslavia and Wales.