Our History

Ellis County Children’s Theater (ECCT) was founded in by Gail Stutts Harrell in an effort to redirect choices     and afford opportunities to children in Ellis County.  A 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, we provide local artists, professional teachers, and directors an organization in which they may collaborate and coordinate skills in creating a rich educational environment for children living in southern Dallas and surrounding counties.


It is the Mission of Ellis County Children’s Theater (ECCT) to provide exceptional theater arts education to children in Ellis, South Dallas, and Tarrant Counties. We provide transformative, life changing opportunities for children ages 3 through 18 by creating a world of creativity resulting in expanded, positive thinking.



The Vision of Ellis County Theater is:

·         Conduct year round classes and productions under the direction of professional teachers and directors.

·         Implement all learning styles and abilities in each of our classes and productions.

·         Create productions for multi-generational and multi-cultural audiences.

·         Connect the skills we teach to the Texas Knowledge and Essential Skills curriculum to teach music and theater skills holistically with Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Math education.

·         Inspire children to use creative thinking skills in problem-solving, networking, and bold decision making.

·         We believe tuition costs should not prohibit families from participating in the opportunity to explore the power of live theater.



Gail Harrell
Executive Founder

ECCT Board of Trustees

Gail Harrell, Executive Founder

Leah Carlton, President

Nancy Lilly, Vice-President

Angie Sanchez, Secretary

Ria Michener, Treasurer

Advisory Board Members

Michelle Griffith

Heather Morrill

Mary Roux

Elizabeth Winn

Stacey Yee

Board Liaisons

Kimberly Koelzer

Melanie Reynolds

Molly Taylor