About Springfield Contemporary Theatre
Springfield Contemporary Theatre, a non-profit corporation, presents a wide variety of year round productions. Housed from 1995-2012 at the historic Vandivort Center Theatre and from 2013-2020 at SCT's Center Stage at Wilhoit Plaza, past productions include such landmark area premieres as Hair and The Rocky Horror Show to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and Hands on a Hardbody.
SCT is dedicated to the production of contemporary works and works that can be re-energized through a contemporary view and through an intimate staging while using outstanding directors, local actors and guest professionals throughout the season. Special emphasis is given in programming to works by voices under-represented in our community and works that address issues facing our Springfield community and the world around us.
Springfield Contemporary Theatre is a member of Springfield Regional Arts Council and the Downtown Springfield Association.
Springfield Contemporary Theatre, Inc. was formed in 2009 as the non-profit production company. Formerly housed at the Vandivort Center Theatre, Springfield Contemporary Theatre is dedicated to upholding the high standards of theatre that audiences came to expect since company’s first production at the Vandivort in 1995. SCT is also dedicated to the production of new and original works as well as works that can be re-energized through a contemporary view while using outstanding directors, local actors and guest professionals throughout the season.
Springfield Contemporary Theatre has served as an exciting live theatrical production company that operates year round putting shows on stage thirty to forty weekends out of the year. While at the Vandivort Center Theatre, it served as a principle performance venue for the Ozark House Concert Series, MSU Baird Project Student Productions and Good Company for All Ages. Many plays and musicals have had their world premieres with SCT including: Emma, The Magical Adventures of Jack McPoorly–or–Climb Every Beanstalk, The Penelope Blues, Pitch, The Maelstrom, In No Sense, Dear John: A New Revelation, The CASA Project, The Nutley Papers: The Musical, Sheer Will: A Musical Invention, Dawg Pound Blues and Little Vegas. SCT has become known as a home to regional productions of major works such as Hair, How I Learned to Drive, Angels in America–Part One: Millennium Approaches, Oleanna, Avenue Q, The Laramie Project, Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women, Bat Boy: The Musical, Bent, Master Class, Urinetown: The Musical, The Pillowman, Doubt: A Parable, Striking 12 and Bug. In recent years, the company has also been co-producing plays and musicals in assorted downtown Springfield locations: “All World Stages,” with Bryan Moses; “About Town Dinner Theatre,” with John and Jane Sellars; “Vandivort 2nd Stage,” with Todd Turoci.
Also since 2000, The theatre developed a relationship with Actors’ Equity Association and started using professional actors appearing under a Special Appearance Contract. This heightens the audiences’ experience and provides local actors the opportunity of working with guest professionals. Other SCT actors have gone on to work professionally as members of Actor’s Equity. Some of the professional actors who have appeared at Springfield Contemporary Theatre are (in alphabetical order):