Magnolia Arts Center History


We believe in the power of the arts to create community

Magnolia Arts Center (MAC) was founded in the fall of 2005, with the dream of creating a comprehensive arts organization for the Greenville area.  Within a year and a half of its creation, Magnolia provided the community with a variety of new and unique artistic offerings and continues to do so.  Less than 10 years after its creation, Magnolia Arts Center moved into its home in the Perkins Complex in 2014.  We are located at 1703 E. 14th Street, Greenville, NC 27858.

Several members of the Greenville community who had been connected through various involvement in theatre organically came together with the idea to start a community theatre in the Greenville area. It started out small with one production in the CM Eppes cafeteria and has blossomed over the past 11 years to include a full season of 6 shows, special events, arts classes, playwrighting contests and community gatherings.

For our first 8 years, we were a nomadic arts organization and in 2014 we finally moved in to our first home. The Magnolia Arts Center has performed in various venues because of many gracious hosts.  For example, we have performed in the Startlight Cafe, The Scullery, the former Music Academy, the Greenville Country Club, among others.

For the first 8 years of our existence we had one president, Robin Ashley, who guided us along the way. Her leadership helped us maintain and focus our vision for future growth. Her dedication to our organization is greatly appreciated and will always be remembered. 

Over our span of more than 10 years, we have remained a 100% volunteer organization. This is something we are very proud of and something we hope to maintain into the future. Having volunteers who are passionate about theatre, who are willing to work tirelessly for nothing, is very special to us. We have volunteers to run the day-to-day operations, plan the season, direct shows, act in shows, stage manage shows, help back stage, sew, clean, paint, build, write grants, usher, sell tickets, plant trees, sell concessions, etc. We are truly grateful for all our volunteers and their thousands of hours of service to the Magnolia Arts Center. 

MAC continues to believe in the power of the arts to create community.



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We are celebrating 10 years of 10 minute plays on January 9, 2016 at 7:30pm. We are having staged readings of several of the winners of our annual 10 Minute Play Contest from the past 10 years!!! THIS IS A FREE EVENT. However, please register by clicking below:


Ain’t Misbehavin’


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Friday JUNE 03 at 7:30 pm

Saturday JUNE 04 at 2:00 pm

Saturday JUNE 04 at 7:30 pm

Sunday JUNE 05 at 2:00 pm

Thursday JUNE 09 at 7:30 pm

Friday JUNE 10 at 7:30 pm

Saturday JUNE 11 at 2:00 pm

Saturday JUNE 11 at 7:30 pm



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Ain’t Misbehavin’ is a musical revue with a book by Murray Horwitz and Richard Maltby, Jr., and music by various composers and lyricists as arranged and orchestrated by Luther Henderson. It is named after the song by Fats Waller (with Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf), “Ain’t Misbehavin’“.

The musical is a tribute to the black musicians of the 1920s and ’30s who were part of the Harlem Renaissance, an era of growing creativity, cultural awareness, and ethnic pride, and takes its title from the 1929 Waller song “Ain’t Misbehavin'”. It was a time when Manhattan nightclubs like the Cotton Club and the Savoy Ballroom were the playgrounds of high society and Lenox Avenue dives were filled with piano players banging out the new beat known as swing.

Five performers present an evening of rowdy, raunchy, and humorous songs that encapsulate the various moods of the era and reflect Waller’s view of life as a journey meant for pleasure and play.


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Sabrina opens Friday, March 4 and runs through Saturday March 12!!!!
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Chauffeur’s daughter Sabrina returns home from two years in Paris a beautiful young woman, and immediately catches the attention of David, the playboy son of her father’s rich employers. David woos and wins Sabrina, who has always been in love with him, however; their romance is threatened by David’s serious older brother, Linus, who runs the family business and is relying on David to marry an heiress in order for a crucial merger to take place.

Creativity Connection

The Creativity Connection at the Magnolia Arts Center

Classes and Workshops for

Youth and Adults

Discover and build a world of dramatic imagination! Join the Creativity Connection!


Our classes are organized (and some are taught by) Janice Schreiber. See her bio below:

Janice Schreiber is one of the Magnolia Arts Center’s founding board members and has been involved in theatre for over forty years as an actress, director, and educator.  She is a graduate of East Carolina University in the Department of Theatre and Dance. Her further studies in acting and directing have been at Yale University, Central Washington University, The Julliard School, California State University-Dominguez Hills and the University of Southern Maine. She is a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique and has a first level certification in Alba Emoting Technique.  Janice was an adjunct instructor of theatre at East Carolina University for over ten years and the Director of Theatre at Arendell Parrott Academy for thirteen years. She received the 2007 NCTC John W. Parker Award for directing and is the proud recipient of the 2010 NCTC  K-12 Theatre Educator Award. Janice became a member of the North Carolina Theatre Conference board in 2015. As a founder of the Magnolia Arts Center in Greenville, North Carolina, Janice is active in the artistic vision for our community theatre whether directing, building theatre arts education programs, or acting.




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Magnolia Arts Center(Attn: Classes)

1703 E. 14th Street,

Greenville, NC 27858






Holiday Parties


Magnolia Arts Center invites you to host your HOLIDAY PARTY with them this year! This promises to be a FUN, unique and unforgettable evening! Invite employees, friends, clients, or your favorite organization to enjoy the hilarious comedy, “A Tuna Christmas”, along with delicious food catered by The Scullery. A minimum number of 30 people will be required to reserve your private party in advance. Private parties are available on December 4th, 6th, 10th, 11th and 12th.

Or if you’d like to join us for our show on December 5th, we will host a holiday party for the general public,

but reservations are required in advance!

Please contact us by November 16th with your reservation.

Tickets are only $40 per person, which includes your show ticket, heavy hors d’oeuvres & two drinks. For more information, you may contact us by email at You may also call us at 353-ARTS (2787) or contact Theresa, a local volunteer, at 954-651-0517. Deadline for reservations is November 16th. For more information about Magnolia Arts Center, visit our website at

Masquerade Ball 2015

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Join the Magnolia Arts Center for our 2nd Annual MASQUERADE BALL on October 30, 2015!

$50 / Person or $85 / Couple


Tickets are available at Re-Max Preferred Realty at 3208 Charles Blvd, Greenville, NC:

Click here for directions: Re-max Location: HERE

Tickets can also be purchased at Greenville area Halloween Express Stores. This would be a great place to get your costume. Click here for directions: Halloween Express Location: HERE

Proceeds benefit the Magnolia Arts Center, Non-Profit

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Take a look at our rendering for our exterior renovations coming soon!

Magnolia Arts Center has consistently fulfilled its mission. And for eight of those years, this was accomplished without a place to call their own.

For example, MAC events have taken place at The Music Academy, Winslow’s, and Tipsy Teapot, among others. And now MAC can truly say, “There’s no place like home!” The first season at the former Teen Center, located at Greenville Boulevard and East 14 th Street, during 2014 was successful with a growing number of performances, events, and patrons. By any objective measure, MAC is on a roll with providing memorable experiences to our local community!

MAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization being operated 100% by volunteers, with no paid employees. Over 100 volunteers assist annually to produce quality shows, manage expenses, as well as maintain and clean the building. The revenue received from annual donors, concessions, ticket
sales, and rentals is used towards ongoing needs such as show productions, utilities and basic repairs.
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Lush Brush

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July  21 & 22 – 7:30pm

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  • Lush Brush at Magnolia Arts Center – FAQ – How is Lush Brush unique?There are three main reasons Lush Brush is a unique experience for this region.
    • ART 4 ARTS! All the money raised goes back into community arts through the Magnolia Arts Center – not someone’s pocket.  We are a 100% volunteer organization.  So, all the money left over after the expenses of the class, goes right back to help us have a greater impact in the local community.
    • Your wine is included in the price of the ticket. One bottle per ticket. Magnolia Arts Center reserves the right to refuse beverages to any individuals for any reason.
    • The projects completed in this class are unique to the Magnolia Arts Center. Artists specifically design projects for The Magnolia Arts Center that are tied into the upcoming plays and community happenings.


What does my ticket price include?

Your ticket price includes admission to the instructor led class, all supplies necessary to complete the project, a bottle of wine (your choice from the options we provide), and tons of fun.

Why a painting party at Magnolia Arts Center, a performing arts facility?

Art is art no matter the medium.  Whether reading poetry, dancing, performing, or painting, we believe that the arts can help fund the arts in a symbiotic manner.  The Magnolia Arts Center is a hub for local artists of ALL mediums and creative backgrounds to come together to propel a creative culture within the Greenville community in new and innovative ways of perceiving the world around us.

Do I need to have painting experience?

No experience necessary.  We have a professional artist with three and a half years of creative instructional experience.  Painting along with the class, the artist will guide you through every brush stroke, by taking a step-by-step approach to instruction.  Just come with a willing attitude and be ready to have fun and create.

Do I need to know how to draw?/How do you expect me to paint when I can’t draw a stick figure?

Drawing skills will make no difference in the success of your painting.  As the title of the event suggests, we will solely use a paintbrush to express ourselves.  To maximize the fun you will have during the class, advance paintings will include basic line drawings as a tool to guide you.

Where are you located?

The Magnolia Arts Center is located at 1703 East 14th Street in Greenville at the former Teen Center next to the Perkins Athletic Complex.  We recommend that you plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class to get settled.  Class will always start promptly.

What do I need to bring?

We provide everything you need to enjoy this unique experience.  However, if you have a favorite wine glass or favorite apron, feel free to bring them.

Can I bring my own drinks/food?

Due to ABC laws, we cannot allow you to bring outside beverages of any kind into our space.  Additional beverages will be available for sale during the class (beer, wine, soda and water).  Also, concession items will also be available for purchase during the class.

How long does the class last?

We plan each class to last approximately 2 relaxing hours.  Sometimes, depending on the project, the class can go a little longer.  However, we do try to keep the class within the two hour time frame.  Please plan to show up at least 15 minutes prior to the start of class to pick your station and get settled.  We use acrylic paint, a painting medium that dries quickly so as to not ruin the interior of your vehicle.

Will the paint stain my clothes?

We will provide aprons for your use during the class.  If you accidentally get paint on your clothes, and the paint is still wet, the paint can easily be washed out with soap and water.  Once the paint dries, it can be difficult to remove from clothing so it is best to catch the paint while it is still wet.

I do not drink wine – can I still participate?

Absolutely!  We cannot offer different pricing for individuals who choose the “non-wine” option.  Additional beverages will be available for sale during the class (beer, soda and water).  Also, you can take the bottle of wine with you to give to a friend as a gift.  However, we can ensure you will have just as much fun with or without the wine.

I am under 21 – can I still participate?

Absolutely!  We cannot offer different pricing for individuals who are underage.  We take our responsibility as a community organization VERY SERIOUSLY.  Individuals 18 years of age or under must be accompanied by a paying adult.  Any attempt by any individual to promote or participate in underage drinking at Magnolia Arts Center will be refused service and immediately reported to the authorities.  However, we can ensure you will have just as much fun without breaking the law.

Can I book a private Lush Brush party?

Absolutely!  Based on artists availability, private parties for any age group (minimum of 15 guests/maximum of 30 guests) are available and encouraged.  Please email us at with the specifics (date/time, number of participants, and age of participants) for private Lush Brush event specifics.  The sooner you contact us, the more likely we can accommodate your needs.  No better way to celebrate with a creative event that raises funds for community arts.  Prices vary based on age of participants and scope of the event.