Covina Center for the Performing
Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to presenting a range of quality theater
productions in our state-of-the-art facilities. We strive to nurture appreciation and enjoyment
of the creative arts in the San Gabriel Valley, as we lead the continuing cultural
revitalization and preservation of Covina's historic downtown.
Retha Champion - Executive Director
Steven Humenski - Theatre Manager & Technical
Andy Nagle (La Jolla Booking) – Tribute Band Booking Agent
Chairperson - Retha
Secretary - Wendy Friedman
Jill B Gerber
The Covina Center for the Performing Arts
began in the hearts of longtime Covina residents Chris and Retha Champion. Loving both the arts and
the community they call home, the Champions saw past the faded facade of the old Covina Theater.
They imagined how the historic site, the former Covina Valley Playhouse, could be transformed into
both a more fitting home for the local Center Stage Repertory and a center for a broader cultural
renaissance in Covina. To fulfill their vision, the Champions purchased the theater building in
2001. The Champion Family Foundation, founded in 2000, has provided crucial financial support to
the nascent nonprofit endeavor. Since then, they have been joined by civic leaders, business owners
and generous community members who share and support their vision and love for the arts, theater
and Covina, itself.