Our Season

Join us for our 21st Season!
Junie B Jones: The Musical

October 7-23, 2016

It’s A Wonderful Life

Dec 2-11, 2016

Sherlock Holmes

Feb 10-19, 2017

Nancy Drew: Girl Detective

March 24 – April 2, 2017

Disney’s 101 Dalmatians & The Aristocats

May 5-14, 2017

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Junie B. Jones

Oct 7-23

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Our Team

Helping Tomorrow's Stars Shine Today
Julie Schroder
Julie Schroder
Education Director
Julie Schroeder has been involved with different aspects of theatre for over 40 years. She has acted, directed,  designed hair, makeup and costumed over 100 shows. She has been a teaching artist with the Academy of Children’s Theatre since 1999, directed ACT’s award winning Troupe and Troupers, and has been a part of the staff as the Education Director since 2007. Currently, she also teaches drama with the Richland School District HomeLink program. In addition, Julie is the creator and director of Spectrum on Stage, a drama program for students on the Autism Spectrum. Her grandchildren are third generation ACT. She will be directing Junie B. Jones for ACT next Fall!
Josh Darby
Josh Darby
Artistic Director
Josh is a graduate from CWU with a BA in Theatre Arts: Youth Drama (2008) and SCT’s Teaching Artist Apprentice Program (2013). He has worked in children’s theatre as a director, teaching artist, actor, writer in Seattle, Los Angles and the Tri-Cities since 2005. Josh has directed many shows over the years including, Holes, Little Women: The Musical, The Hobbit and Tom Sawyer. He will be directing Sherlock Holmes this winter; 101 Dalmatians & The Aristocats next spring.
Anne Spilman
Anne Spilman
Managing Director
Anne was in the first MainStage musical at ACT in 1995. The life skills she has learned and the friendships she has made because of the opportunities given her by ACT make her a strong advocate and dedicated staff member. As the Managing Director, Anne works to support the mission and vison of ACT by providing on-stage, off-stage, and learning opportunities to any young person in the greater Tri-Cities area interested in joining the ACT family. Please email her (anne@actstaff.org) with any and all ACT related questions!
Adele Connors
Adele Connors
Director of Development
Bio Coming Soon
Alexia Bickett
Alexia Bickett
Office Assistant
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Sandra Wilson
Sandra Wilson
Box Office Manager
Bio Coming Soon
Rachel Browning
Rachel Browning
Teaching Artist
Rachel is a graduate of Central Washington University, She currently teaches Drama, English and Health over at Enterprise Middle School. She will be teaching on the weekends in our 7th-12th grade classes
John Davis
John Davis
Teaching Artist
Bio Coming Soon!
Ellicia Elliott
Ellicia Elliott
Private Acting Lessons
Ellicia Elliott is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Rude Mechanicals (www.rmtheatre.org), a new Shakespeare (and Shakespeare inspired) theatre company in Washington State. Ellicia teaches private acting lessons with ACT, for more information email her ellicia.m.elliott@gmail.com. She holds a BA in Theatre Arts Education and an MA in Theatre Production, both from Central Washington University. Before starting The Rude Mechanicals, Ellicia directed over fifty productions in educational theatre programs and local community theatres; some of her favorites include The Diary of Anne Frank, The Laramie Project, Once on this Island, Macbeth, The 39 Steps, and directing a production of David Mamet’s The Revenge of the Space Pandas at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010. She taught in the public school system for thirteen years, and currently works with the students in the Benton County Juvenile Justice Center, teaching playwriting and leading improvisation workshops. Recognitions for her work include the Teaching Artist Training (TAT) Lab Fellowship with Seattle Rep (2011), The Outstanding Educator award (2014), two Educational Outreach awards (2008, 2012), and Outstanding Direction of a Musical (2008), all from The 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, and the Theatre of Puget Sound’s Young Playwright’s Award (2001). Ellicia lives in Richland, Washington with her two best guys: her husband, Geoff, and her son, Malcolm. Ellicia teaches ACT’s outreach programs with the JJC and the REACH, as well as private acting lessons.
Lorna Foelber
Lorna Foelber
Bookkeeping & Design Consultant
Lorna is the bookkeeper for ACT. She received her AAS Accounting degree from CBC. She is the mother of four daughters (Carrie, Allison, Bethany and Paige), the wife of Steve, and chief belly-rubber of her dog, Maycee.
Clint Howell
Clint Howell
Technical Director/Tech Titans Director
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Janice McIntyre
Janice McIntyre
Director
I am a 20 year resident of the Tri-Cities, and the art and drama teacher at Christ the King School in Richland. I first started with ACT in 1999, and have volunteered on nearly 50 productions over the years in various capacities, such as set design, costuming, stage crew and stage managing, acting, and directing. My work with ACT helped me develop my own theater program at Christ the King 7 years ago, directing the annual 7th/8th grade musical production, and teaching drama to 5th and 6th grade. I love watching my actors grow and discover a passion for the theater almost as much as I love directing them!
Annie Powers
Annie Powers
Teaching Artist
Annie has enjoyed being a part of the ACT community ever since she first began performing in their productions as an eight year old. She has loved theatre and performing ever since and has a particular passion for acting and dance. Annie is studying for a BFA in Theatre Performance at Central Washington University and is grateful for the opportunity to teach and work with young people at ACT during the summers.
Emily Richman
Emily Richman
Director
Emily is excited to be back in the Tri-cities theatre community after a long absence while living in Spokane. She holds a Bachelor’s of Theatre Arts from Eastern Washington University and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She can’t wait to dip her toe into the ACT “pool!” She will be directing Nancy Drew: Girl Detective with us this winter.
Zack Taylor
Zack Taylor
Teaching Artist
Zack has been acting since 7th grade; he recently had his directorial debut at Southridge High School with a play called Crumpled Classics. He is very excited to teach at ACT and help spread knowledge of the theatrical arts to the youth in this community. Zack will be teaching on Saturdays with us in both the 1st-3rd and 4th-6th grade levels
Yzabelle Tow
Yzabelle Tow
Teaching Artist
Bio Coming Soon!
Kris York
Kris York
Teaching Artist/Encore Director
Kris York is a married mother of three (nearly) grown children with a degree in Music Performance and over thirty years of teaching experience in private, church, and community sectors. Her passions beyond her family include music and the education of young people. She has worked in multiple settings with bands, orchestras, choirs, ensembles, both as a performer and director. Although her instrument of study in college was piano, Kris particularly enjoys working with K-12 choirs, expecting excellence in an atmosphere that builds confidence and inspires growth. She will be directing Encore and Stardust.

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