Carnegie’s First Show in 1980

In 1978, the City of Cleburne moved their storehouse from the top floor theatre of the Carnegie Library building which had been built by a grant to the city from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation in 1904.
This opened the door for renovation of the theatre and the founding of a theatre troupe for the city.
Thus, The Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players was founded.  The renovation project involved many local citizens along with the city and took two years to complete.
The Greater Cleburne Carnegie Players, named for Andrew Carnegie, is a non-profit thespian group that has been bringing live theatre to Cleburne and the surrounding area since 1980.
Starting with the first season, which included two shows, and continuing to the present with  four shows performed annually, the Carnegie Players encourage participation both on the stage and off by anyone in the greater Cleburne area.
In thirty plus years in existence, the GREATER CLEBURNE CARNEGIE PLAYERS have presented over  700 performances of 105 different shows. Breaking this down further, this translates into:
-2500 volunteer actors in 1,000,000 actor-hours of rehearsals
-1250-plus parts for kids to shine
-over 4,100 costumes
– 57,000 volunteer hours of set-building and painting
-36,000 volunteer hours of backstage crewing
-4,300 lights focused
After 30 years of performances on the Carnegie stage above the Layland Museum in Cleburne, GREATER CLEBURNE CARNEGIE PLAYERS are so excited to have spent the last several years in our new home in the Cleburne Conference Center (1501 W. Henderson St in Cleburne, Texas).
Many people have assisted our organization in reaching our dream of a state of the art facility.
We thank the City of Cleburne staff, the Mayor, the City Council, and members of the 4B committee for providing a facility that is truly a showplace for the Cleburne community.

Officers and Board


Ed Sanders

Becki Esch

Play Production Coordinator—
Kate Hicks

Hazel R. Bell

Board of Directors
Bob Beck
Mik Brown

Rachel Daniels
Andrew Guzman
Patsy Helmcamp
Gary Pinkerton
Kevin Poole

Luelda Robichaux
(Additions listed soon)

Cleburne Carnegie
P. O. Box 426
Cleburne, Texas 76033
(682) 317-3644

Mail check to Carnegie Players, P O Box 426, Cleburne, Texas
E-mail to
Two weeks before performance at the
Cleburne Chamber of Commerce Office

is supported by generous donations, advertisers, ticket sales and available grants. Carnegie Players is a Non-Profit 501c(3) organization. All funds are used directly for expenses to produce each show.

Neil Simon’s THE RUMORS – March, 2018
ALL SHOOK UP – June/July, 2018
THE FOREIGNER – Septembeer, 2018
THE HOMECOMING – December, 2018

Cleburne Conference Center Theater
1501 W. Henderson St.
Cleburne, Texas