The cornerstone of ACT's mission, Mainstage plays are the world-class productions that the community has come to expect each year since ACT was founded in 1965. Fully produced, and featuring amazing design value, directing, and acting from local and national artists, Mainstage plays are most often staged in our larger theaters, the Allen and Falls. ACT's Mainstage productions include both world premieres and the new generations of contemporary classics.
ACT's innovative Central Heating Lab initiative is devoted to nurturing and supporting new works, new talent, and local artists spanning not only theatre, but also cabaret, music, dance, spoken word, film, and performance and visual art. Uniquely positioned to provide the space and resources to the development of new projects in a collaborative environment, ACT partners with emerging and seasoned local artists, and gives them the heat, sustenance and pressure required to experiment, grow and transform their work and reach new audiences. Programs are added throughout the year.
Established and Recurring CHL programs include
Icicle Creek Theatre Festival, RePresent Multicultural Festival, Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival, The Construction Zone, Azeotrope, and many more special events and performances
A first of its kind program for commissioning new work with leading local and national playwrights. ACT's first completed commission, Becky's New Car by Steven Dietz (commissioned by Charlie Staadecker in honor of Benita Staadecker), was produced on the Mainstage in 2008 and is now being presented at other regional theatres throughout the United States. We have five additional new plays in commission:
To commission a play, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Productions and events that are not included in the programs listed above, such as our annual holiday production of A Christmas Carol, or the Young Playwrights Festival (from ACT's Young Playwrights Program).
ACT Theatre also rents its spaces to guest productions, both private and open to the public. Tickets to guest productions are traditionally sold on ACT's website, though ACT does not produce these rental productions.