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About MainStage Irving-Las Colinas

MainStage Irving-Las Colinas (MILC) supports the City of Irving's efforts to improve the quality of life for its citizens by providing:

  • Quality theatre to the Irving Community through the organization of qualified individuals.
  • Affordable theatre to the Irving Community as a result of MILC’s all-volunteer organization.
  • Entertaining theatre to the Irving Community through careful selection of material presented.
  • Opportunities for involvement by the community in all areas of theatrical production through open auditions, mentoring, special project support, and formal classes.
  • The Irving Community with the benefit of top local volunteer and professional expertise in all areas of theatrical production and arts management through the ability to involve participants from many disciplines.

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Board of Directors

President – Clayton Cunningham
Vice President – Jeff Mizener
Secretary – Tully Hall
Treasurer – Steve Merritt*

Mary Bongfeldt*
Harry Friedman
Evelyn Hall*
Joanne Hull*
Jeff Mizener
Tom Ortiz*
Marvin Pasek*
David Smith*
Dane Tuttle*

*Denotes Irving resident

An Overview

Irving Community Theater (ICT) was incorporated in 1971, but in fact, that only represents the official age. Documents exist demonstrating the early birth of ICT as far back as 1949. Since those early beginnings, Irving Community Theater has grown to be MainStage Irving-Las Colinas (MILC) and is one of the largest volunteer-based theatres in Texas. MILC, along with other arts groups, was instrumental in working with the City of Irving to establish the Irving Arts Board and the Irving Arts Center. The resulting partnership enables MILC to develop and attract the most qualified and motivated volunteers. Typically over 150 different individuals contribute to each season. Although a small stipend is paid for certain production positions such as directors and designers, MILC continues to be operated through volunteer support. One part-time administrator is employed to handle the key day-to-day administrative functions.

A working board, whose members are elected by the membership and typically possess significant community theater production experience, manages MILC. Board members are expected to serve as producers for the regular season productions and to head major operating committees.

MILC has established a formal special projects program that allows any member to submit a proposal for a special project to the board. When approved, the submitter assumes the role of producer for that project, while the board provides mentoring and policy guidance. The project receives both financial and organizational support from MILC.

MILC’s activities are supported by an organization that includes the Rudy Seppy Studio, providing dedicated rehearsal space in addition to a costume shop and storage space. Community outreach includes a mailing list of over 3,000 names, a regularly published newsletter and this website.

MILC Programs and Projects

MainStage: MILC produces a regular season of 5 main stage shows a year and enjoys a continually expanding subscription base. This continued success has allowed MILC to establish a level of financial stability that would be the envy of most theatres, and provides the opportunity to take on special projects.

Additional Programs: In addition to its award winning seasons at MainStage, MILC also offers 3 additional programs on a regular basis at its Studio on Rochelle. It includes Reader's Theatre, MILC Showcase Productions and Theatre On The Edge (TOTE) productions.

MILC Guild: The Guild exists to provide additional financial and community support to MILC.

Festivals: MainStage Irving - Las Colinas has hosted both local and state festivals as part of the American Association of Community Festival AACT/Fest competition. MILC is the chair organization for the Texas Non-Profit Theatres Quad II. This affiliation provides access to similar theatres across Texas.

Irving Community Theatre (dba MainStage Irving-Las Colinas) is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Funded in part by the City of Irving through the Irving Arts Board.