All photography provided by Jared Chambers
Founded in 1951 in Athens, Ohio by a small group of Ohio University professors and community members, OVST originally served as a community theater and a laboratory for Ohio University’s School of Theater. In 1988, OVST was re-established as a separate 501(c)3 non-profit organization with continued support from Ohio University. The community and University partnership continues to benefit from strong collaboration, dedicated donor-patrons, ongoing operating support from the Ohio Arts Council, and local and regional business partnerships.
OVST offers high-quality performances for the entire family; partners with theater professionals, Ohio University faculty and students, and community members; offers an annual youth theater camp; and helps to organize and support regional arts events and performances year-round.
As a donor-supported, non-profit organization, we encourage innovative approaches to live performance and welcome new participants and partners to our productions, youth camp, and volunteer Board.
OVST is proud to be a community heritage organization that adds to the vibrant, cultural fabric of Athens County and the surrounding Appalachian region.
The Ohio Valley Summer Theater is committed to sustainable, educational, and independent community theater that delivers high quality and diverse theatrical experiences and is appreciated by a widening volunteer base and growing regional audience.