Malcolm X Elementary's renowned "Gilbert & Sullivan Troupe" dissolved in 1997. It was reincarnated at Willard Middle School as "Middle School Musical Theater." As after-school musical theater thrived at Willard its founders conceived an independent whole-district program with a "youth theater" rather than a "school activity" mission. YMTC - "Youth Musical Theater Commons" - was launched in 2000. It serves middle and high school students of all Berkeley schools. In 2004 it transitioned to "Youth Musical Theater Company, an "IRS 503C3" non-profit organization.
The common thread through 2004 was its mission, and a one constant individual, and institutional memory. If you can make rehearsal in Berkeley every day and are passionate about youth musical theater you've come to the right place.