Our quaint and intimate Gardner Theatre showcases a diverse range of performances, such as musical theatre, comedy improv, small concerts for local musicians, and much more. MCA’s theatre space is well-suited for productions with its excellent lighting and sound systems.


Lee Scandinaro, Actor

Lee Scandinaro began acting in high school in North Huntingdon, PA, where he lived until moving to Meadville for years ago. His Meadville theatrical experience has, up until now, mostly been at Allegheny College in the Playshop Theatre and the Student Experimental Theatre, where he served as managing director. Some of his favorite roles have been Barfee in the “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, Jack in “The Importance of Being Ernest”, and as one of the cast members of an original devised show entitled “Playing Dirty.”

In addition to performing, Lee is also interested in devised theatre, community based theatre, and writing for the stage. He also loves improvisation and was a member of the “Comedy Council” for 3 years. Lee graduated from Allegheny College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts. He studied theatre at Allegheny for 4 years as well, and currently works as the Lake Effect Leaders Americorps VISTA at the Meadville Neighborhood Center (MNC).

Acting Classes

MCA provides low-cost acting classes for students ages 10 and up. In these classes, improvisation script writing, voice, and movement techniques are taught. By learning the acting basics and using the theatre, students gain confidence as speakers and learn theatre as an art form. .

Theatre Collaborations

MCA has collaborated with French Creek Community Theatre (FCCT) and other local theatre groups to provide a variety of opportunities for individuals who are interested in developing and honing their theatrical talents.

Adult Improv

Under the direction of Phil Shafer, MCA provides a dynamic array of adult improv performances to attract diverse crowds. Phil Shafer is well-known in the community for his dedication to the dramatic and comedic arts. His performers give a wide variety of scenarios scenes, stories, and laughter under the lights of the Gardner Theatre.

Interested in renting the Gardner?

Book your event below. We will be in touch to confirm your reservation. Rental prices also apply to the Dance Studio and Heeschen Gallery.

Mon. – Fri. prior to 5pm | $65 for first 3 hrs, then $10/hr.
Mon. – Thurs. after 5pm | $75 for first 3 hrs, then $15/hr.
Sat. – Sun. prior to 5pm | $85 for first 3 hrs, then $15/hr.
Fri. – Sun. after 5pm | $100 for first 3 hrs, then $20/hr.

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