Merit Theatre Company was founded in 2017 to make a positive difference. Committed to striving for excellence in all that we do, we aim to provide inspiring, family-friendly entertainment and offer a welcoming environment for performers and patrons of all ages. With a vision to stage stories that speak to the heart and offer hope, Benjamin and Kaitlyn Iocco founded Northern Kentucky Community Theater (NKYCT) when they produced and directed the Kentucky premiere of the new musical, Horizons of Gold. A year later, NKYCT became Merit Theatre Company and an official 501(c)(3) organization.


Though our name changed, our vision did not. We remain committed to striving for excellence in all we do and telling stories that matter. Though based in Boone County, Kentucky, we work with talent from across the Tri-state area. Currently, productions are held at the Anderson Center in Cincinnati, OH.

The Merit Company Orchestra was founded to provide beautiful music for Merit’s theatrical productions. Bringing together the best musicians to play the finest shows, the Merit Company Orchestra is one of the best pit and concert orchestras in the Midwest.