Coty Warn Forno
Owner & Director
Mountain City Center for the Arts, LLC
In 2013, Coty Warn Forno opened Mountain City Center for the Arts, LLC, a professional performing arts conservatory in Western Maryland.
With a focus on building confidence, skill and communication through the arts, the center has grown from 50 students to more than 300.
Forno has worked as a professional actress, choreographer and director in Maryland, West Virginia, Washington, D.C. and across the United States. She was an educator for several companies prior to opening MCCA and currently is an adjunct faculty member at Frostburg State University.
She also is a board member on the Allegany Arts Council and serves as artistic director of Beyond the Stage Foundation.
“I am a resilient optimist who refuses to settle for anything that doesn’t make me feel fully alive,” Forno said. “I live with my heart open, my mind open and the dream that anything can happen if you believe.”