Allen & Karen Drescher
Camelot is a semi-professional theatre serving the entire Rogue Valley, and it has become the principal attraction and heart of Talent, Oregon. Founded in 1982 as Actors; Theatre. The Theatre took up residence in 1990 in a onetime feed store that was converted to a 104-seat theatre.
The theatre met with varying degrees of success until extraordinary growth and transformation began in 2002 when Livia Genise was hired as Artistic Director. This multi-talented theatrical professional with over 30 years of experience from Broadway to Hollywood brought a new focus to the Theatre, and the name was changed from Actors' Theatre to Camelot Theatre Company.
In 2007, Camelot learned that downtown redevelopment plans by the Talent Urban Renewal Agency (TURA) included extension of Main Street through the location of the then current theatre building. An initial feasibility study concluded that funds could not be raised for construction of a new facility, and the economy only worsened thereafter.Undaunted, Camelot initiated a Capital Campaign in January 2010 that successfully raised $2.5 million to purchase land and to design and construct a new building in advance of the planned removal of the old theatre in June 2011. Funding came from over 500 individual donors, foundation grants and loans. The project was completed ahead of schedule on May 5, 2011. The new state-of-the- art theatre building provides a 60% greater capacity and many backstage enhancements.