About Us


Center Stage Theatre is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enrich and enhance the lives of people living along the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas by offering a broad range of quality theatrical programs for their entertainment and education, and to provide people of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to participate in play production and other theatre activities.


Center Stage Theatre was founded in 1975 by Jo Love Little, Chuck White, Martin Miazza, Dot Miazza, Becky Moreton, Keith Moreton, Chester Delacruz, and Boyce Holleman. Fifteen seasons were spent in a converted body shop on Cowan Road in Gulfport, where Center Stage produced hits such as ‘night, Mother’, ‘Steel Magnolias’, and ‘Crimes of the Heart’, which fostered a reputation for quality acting, set design, and direction. Center Stage was also known as a group that was not afraid to take a chance and would do the unusual show… artistic freedom! In 1990 Center Stage moved to a new location on Eisenhower Drive in Biloxi. The state-of-the-art theatre retained its intimate atmosphere, but gained the facilities necessary for professional quality productions. Center Stage is a semi-professional non-profit community theatre whose driving force is artistic excellence.

We are also the only Mississippi Coast theatre with a full-time Artistic Director, Chuck White. Mr. White has been with Center Stage since its inception and is a driving forces behind our success. Center Stage presents four regular season shows, one summer musical fundraiser, and two children’s theatre productions annually as well as a summer children’s theatre workshop called Stage Stars. We also feature small, one-night fundraisers throughout the year called SNACS (Saturday Night at Center Stage). These are evenings with a coffeehouse feel that showcase local talent.

Chuck White

LeAnne Lorenz


President Leanne Lorenz
Vice President Becky Green
Treasurer John Poelma
Secretary Becky Rutz
Accounting Amy Carter
Artistic Director Chuck White
Theatre Manager Ginny Russum
Creative Staff Sharon Bush and Carrie Ferguson-Bellew
Board Members:
Patty Caranna Tracy Ballard
Muriel Everton Helen Frazer
Warren W. Russum (Rusty) Houston Longino
Art Dunn Rebecca Smith


Karen Abernathy Terese Evans
Dr. Bill Henry Gaston Hewes, Jr.
Dean Holleman Laura Holleman
Rick Liwanag Sue Maters
Barbara Rosetti Rusty Russum
David Slatten Patti Sneed
“Shorty” Sneed

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