The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Missy McCollam, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
Leading the Troupe
A lifelong performer, Missy McCollam dreamed of providing her community with an establishment that would make the community more vibrant and colorful. The Old Brick Playhouse in Elkins was born. McCollam has theatrical degrees that she uses to work with artists as young as 4 and as old as 104. The Old Brick Playhouse provides a number of after-school programs and uses art to work with the elderly at the Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center.
McCollam and her team are totally focused on spreading joy, kindness, and good in the world through their work. “Everyone is different, but everyone is important,” she says. Ultimately, McCollam has created a haven for those who may not fit in anywhere else and for people who know exactly where they fit in but, all in all, she has created a place that welcomes people of all kinds with open hearts.
In addition to the work McCollam does at The Old Brick, she still performs regionally, is an active playwright, and collaborates with multiple organizations throughout the state.