CTC, a not-for-profit professional theatre founded in 1976, began its 40th full season in October 2015

CTC has a current budget of 1.2 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 9-15 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 20,500 performances of over 597 productions to an audience of more than 6,116,505.


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.

Recipient of the following Silicon Valley Small Theatre Awards

The 2014-2015
Standout Kids and/or Family-Friendly Production
Just So Stories – California Theatre Center

The 2013-2014
Technical Standout Production
The 39 Steps – California Theatre Center (Props and Costumes)

Standout Kids and Family-Friendly Production
The Time Machine – California Theatre Center

Standout Classical Production
The Contrast – California Theatre Center

Standout Adult Contemporary Production
A Thousand Clowns – California Theatre Center

Standout Family and Youth Production
Around the World in 80 Days – California Theatre Center

2010 - 2011
Standout Comedy Production
Black Comedy, White Liars – California Theatre Center

2009 - 2010
Standout Drama Production
Really Rosie – California Theatre Center

2008 - 2009
Standout Dramatic Production
Mary’s Wedding – California Theatre Center

Standout Set Design
CTC Summer Repertory Season – California Theatre Center

2007 - 2008 (With & Wave Magazine)
Standout Dramatic Productions:
The Woman in Black – California Theatre Center

Standout Technical Design
The Woman in Black – California Theatre Center


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.