About Us

Live Theater for a Lively Town

Oxford, Mississippi is home to the University of Mississippi, William Faulkner’s house, the Double Decker Festival, and one phenomenal community theater.

For 25 years, Theatre Oxford has been run by passionate volunteers who are dedicated to making theater welcoming, accessible and enjoyable for everyone in Lafayette County, North Mississippi and beyond.

Behind the curtain and on stage, you’ll find accomplished professionals, dedicated hobbyists and brave newbies all working together to produce shows to make you think, laugh, cry, and celebrate.

Theatre Oxford is committed to developing new works as well as known shows—for children and adults. We believe in the emotional power of storytelling and the special ability of theater to bring diverse people together for enrichment and fun.

We look forward to seeing you soon—either in the audience, backstage or onstage. Come play!

Mission & Vision


Theatre Oxford provides opportunities for the Oxford, University, and Lafayette County communities to create and engage with theater and other performance arts.


Theatre Oxford believes in the power of drama and storytelling to unite and elevate a community. Our vision is to provide performing arts exposure to the adults, youth, and children of the Oxford, University of Mississippi, and greater Lafayette County areas. We seek to collaborate with a diverse range of professionals and amateurs to offer opportunities to learn, create, and perform. As such, we develop educational workshops, production experiences, and performance opportunities using both original and previously published plays, storytelling, readings, poetry, and other dramatizations. We seek to engage the leadership, creativity, and cultural potential of all communities in our area.


Theatre Oxford is a 501(c)3, nonprofit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors. All donations are tax deductible. All funds are directed toward the mission and vision of the organization.


Kate Hooper


Ayla Gafni

Vice President

Rene Pulliam


Jennifer Lauriello


Effie Burt

DEI Officer

Marta Dees

Production Manager

Gail Tapscott

Front of House Manager

Members at Large

Jaime Adams

Barbara Wortham



Chair: Ayla Gafni

Members: Terri Hovious, Rene Pulliam, Paula Stack, Nathaniel Stack, Adam Davis


Grants: Rene Pulliam

Campaigns: Kate Hooper

Marketing & PR

Co-Chairs: Kate Hooper & Jennifer Lauriello

Members: Melissa Pedron, Lynn Wells, Olivia Young


Recordkeeper: Rene Pulliam

Event Planners: Marta Dees, Kate Hooper, Jennifer Lauriello


Chair: Julie Fanton

Members: Adam Davis, Ellen Kellum, Chris Noble

Season Planning

Chair: Naomi Levin

Members: Kate Meachem, Gail Tapscott


Kate Hooper & Jennifer Mizenko

COVID-19 Response