The Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory is a community-based theater that seeks to provide musicals and dramas of professional quality for local audiences.
Founded by Artistic Director Cheryl Goodman-Morris in 1993 and incorporated in 1994, the conservatory has produced a select number of plays and musicals in an intimate, 125-seat theater, attended by more than 10,000 theater-goers.
The conservatory seeks to present pieces that embody messages of hope and transformation, as well as build community. Each production always includes an outreach component that ties in with the message of the play. Over $50,000 has been raised for various charities over the years, including Habitat for Humanity, AchieveKids, Boys & Girls Clubs, and our own outreach acting classes for at-risk children.
In addition to its Mainstage productions, the Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory runs a full Children's Conservatory for 150 students, pre-K to eighth grade, with classes in acting, playwriting, directing, improv, and musical theater.
The children's theater classes have reached thousands of children, both on our own campus and in our outreach to schools, including at-risk children in the inner city. Classes are taught at the PVTC campus, 945 Portola Road, and offsite at schools in Portola Valley, Ladera and East Palo Alto.