Merit Theatre Company was founded in 2017 to make a difference in our communities by offering professional quality, inspiring productions and providing a welcoming environment for performers and patrons of all ages. With a vision to stage stories that speak to the heart, 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 became an official nonprofit.


Though our name changed, who we are didn’t. Committed to striving for excellence in all we do, we are based in Northern Kentucky but work with talent from across the Tristate area. Currently, summer musicals are held at the Anderson Center in Cincinnati, OH, and concerts are held at Parrish Auditorium in Hamilton, OH.


Benjamin Iocco—Founder, President, & Co-Artistic Director

Kaitlyn Iocco—Founder, Vice President, & Co-Artistic Director

Steve Rawlings—Treasurer

Tiffany Winkler—Secretary

Benjamin Price—Music Director

Arnie Forman—Director

Matt Dentino—Director

Carter Perry—Director

Leah Perry—Director

Mia Armelli—Director

Box Office:



Anderson Center Theater

7850 Five Mile Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45230

Member of the Kentucky Theatre Association, ACT Cincinnati, and the Ohio Community Theatre Association

© 2020 Merit Theatre Company

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