Association of Community Theatre of Greater Cincinnati
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The Association of Community Theatres of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.
ACT IS UNIQUE!
The Association of Community Theaters (ACT) of Greater Cincinnati, Inc. is a one-of-a-kind non-profit service organization dedicated to encouraging the continued growth and development of quality community theater in the Greater Cincinnati area. ACT is an umbrella organization that unites local community theaters in order to foster cooperation, communication, collaboration and education in the hope of assisting member groups to produce the best possible theatrical productions for their audiences.
ACT IS HISTORIC!
Founded in 1955, ACT has supported and developed Cincinnati area community theater for 58 years. Four of the current 22 member groups were among the original charter groups. One group, Center Stage (formerly Wyoming Players) is the oldest community theater group in Ohio, having produced productions since 1885.
ACT IS GROWING!
Community theater is flourishing in the Greater Cincinnati area as evidenced in the locations of its member groups. Member groups can be found as far north as Middletown and Lebanon and as far south as Fort Thomas, Newport and Union, Kentucky.
ACT IS EDUCATIONAL!
ACT strongly supports education in the theatrical arts and those young people who choose to pursue it as a career. ACT is proud to provide financial assistance to area college students studying performing arts by sponsoring an annual scholarship competition. Six scholarships, ranging from $300 to $1500, are awarded annually.
ACT’s belief in education also extends to its unique Adjudication Program. The “judging program” provides written critiques of member group’s productions by peers and local academics. These adjudicators also nominate outstanding work in performance and technical fields for Orchid Awards presented annually at the ACT Banquet which is held in conjunction with the OCTA Fest.
ACT IS SOCIAL!
Each June, ACT hosts the annual Southwest Region OCTA fest. This annual Ohio Community Theater Association (OCTA) event brings together over a dozen of the ACT groups (if they also belong to OCTA) who present a 30-minute excerpt from a show they produced that season. At the conclusion of the event, some of those excerpts are invited to perform at the state-wide OCTA Fest held Labor Day weekend.
The Southwest Region OCTA Fest is a much anticipated event known for both the variety of excerpts presented and for the comraderie between performers and audience who come together to share the art form they all love!
ACT CAN BE YOU!
Opportunities await for you to join in the fun! Whether you are a performer or a behind-the-scenes- person, there are opportunities to work in every area of theatrical production. You can expand your present knowledge and expertise or try new things as you learn and work along with fellow aficionados.
Take the first step and contact an ACT theater group in your neighborhood – or a group who specializes in your “type” of theater. They will be glad to get you involved in their current or upcoming productions where you too can enjoy the fulfilling, enjoyable experience of creating theater!
In order to share information and guide the various ACT programs, the ACT Board and member group representatives meet on the fourth Tuesday of each month between September –November and January -June at 7:30 p.m. at St. Rita’s School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale Milford Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio, 45215.