Our Season

Join us for our 20th season!
Princess Faire

October 2-18, 2015

A Christmas Carol

December 4-13, 2015


February 12-20, 2016

Diary of Anne Frank

March 25-April 2, 2016

School House Rock!

May 6-15, 2016



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A Christmas Carol

Dec 4-13, 2015

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Our Team

Helping Tomorrow's Stars Shine Today
Julie Schroder
Education Director
Julie Schroeder has been involved with different aspects of theatre for over 40 years. She has acted, directed, or has designed hair, makeup and costumed for over 100 shows. She has been involved with the Academy of Children’s Theatre since 1999, directed ACT’s award winning Troupe, and has been a part of the staff as the Education Coordinator since 2007. She will be directing Disney’s Cinderella this fall & Schoolhouse Rock Live! this coming spring.
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, The Little Mermaid, Little Women: The Musical and Tom Sawyer. He will be directing Disney’s Sleeping Beauty this fall and Holes this winter; as well as co-writing the script for A Christmas Carol.
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
Director of Development
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September Theriault
Office Coordinator
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Lorna Foelber
Bookkeeping & Design Consultant
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Sandra Wilson
Box Office Manager
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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.
Janet Krupin
Triple Threat Instructor
Janet is a three time original Broadway cast member in Bring It On (Kylar), Hands on a Hardbody and If/Then. She has a BA from USC as well as training w Gary Austin of The Groundlings improv theatre and ten years as a classical soprano. Most recently, Janet traveled to Scotland to play Maureen in Rent at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She is a proud alum of ACT and enjoys coming home to give back whenever she can. For more information or to book a triple threat private lessons contact Janet directly at janetkrupin@gmail.com
Emily Smith
Private Vocal Instructor
Emily Smith is a recent graduate of Eastern Oregon University, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree (emphasis in Vocal Performance) and a minor in Theatre Arts (2015). She has taught private voice lessons to a wide variety of students over the past several years, both in La Grande, Oregon and her hometown of Juneau, Alaska. She has performed with various companies, both collegiate and community-based, including the EOU Theatre Department, Juneau Lyric Opera, and the Juneau Symphony. Emily will make her debut with the Mid-Columbia Musical Theatre Company in November as Mary Poppins. For lessons email lemmylime@gmail.com
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.
Emily Richman
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 The Diary of Anne Frank with us this winter.
Rachel Browning
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 and directing A Christmas Carol this winter
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
Elizabeth Andersen
Teaching Artist
For years Elizabeth Andersen watched in the audience with her eyes wide and her heart full, marveling at the amazing and talented kids who were able to channel their artistic talents and passion by working with the Academy of Children’s Theatre. Elizabeth is so grateful to finally work with ACT both as a teacher and actress, and has a huge desire to spread her love of the arts with children and all people, young and old. Elizabeth received most her training from the Fine Arts Summer Academy in Nashville, TN where she was a student in 2013 and 2014. She has performed on various stages and is currently building a career in professional acting.
Josh Fox
Private Tap Instructor
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Clint Howell
Shop Manager/ Tech Titans Director
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Sandra Bellinger
Costume Shop Manager
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