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Our History

The Mission Statement of The Henderson County Performing Arts Center is: We Entertain. We Educate. We Change Lives. In our fifty-four years of continuous operation our primary goal has been to always bring quality entertainment and education to the East Texas Region. For approximately twenty-five years, Athens Little Theatre operated under the direction of a totally volunteer Board of Directors and committees of workers who acted, designed and built sets, made costumes and did whatever was necessary to make the magic happen.Athens Little Theatre became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1980 and has operated as such since that time. Our mission statement is: We Entertain. We Educate. We Change Lives.

Henderson County Performing Arts Center operated under the leadership of Executive Director Dennis Gilmore (1989-2014) for twenty-five of our fifty-four years of existence. In honor of his many years of service to HCPAC - Dennis was named Executive Director Emeritus upon his retirement. Currently, a wonderful staff of volunteers keeps the theatre up and running.  

Support Your Local Theater

Our theater is made possible through the generous donations by members of the the community just like you.