Our Season

Join us for our 24th Season!
Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells!

Dec 6,13,14 @7pm & Dec 7,8,14,15 @3pm

Freaky Friday: The Musical

Feb 21,28 @7pm & Feb 22,23,29, March 1 @3pm

A Wrinkle In Time

March 27, April 3 @7pm & March 28,29,April 4,5 @3pm

The Jungle Book

May 3, 10 @7pm & May 4,5,11,12 @3pm

Auditions

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Fall Classes

Sept-Dec

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Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells

Dec 6-15

$10/$13/$16

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Best of Bette 2019

Nov 30 & Dec 1

$25-$50

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Heart for the Arts

Fundraising Event

$85

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Freaky Friday Tickets

Feb 21- Mar 1

$10/$13/$16

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ACT Night at The Tri-City Americans!

March 20th vs Portland Winterhawks

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Our Team

Helping Tomorrow's Stars Shine Today
Alexia Bickett
Alexia Bickett
Office Assistant
Bio Coming Soon
Adele Connors
Adele Connors
Director of Development
Bio Coming Soon
Josh Darby
Josh Darby
Artistic & Education 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, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Hobbit, Beauty and the Beast, Keeping Mr. Lincoln and Tom Sawyer. He will be directing Matilda and Freaky Friday this season for ACT.
Lisa Howell
Lisa Howell
Production Manager
Bio Coming Soon
Julie Schroeder
Julie Schroeder
Outreach 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 Jingle Bells Batman Smells this Holiday Season!
Anne Spilman
Anne Spilman
Executive 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!
Sandra Wilson
Sandra Wilson
Box Office Manager
Bio Coming Soon
Adam Critchlow
Adam Critchlow
Teaching Artist
Adam Critchlow is an actor and stunt performer from Los Angeles, although he grew up in Richland. Adam earned an MFA in Acting from the University of Idaho, and he has been working in film and television in LA since 2009 and acting and choreographing professionally for the last 15 years. Adam can be seen in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, Transformers 3, Great News, Brooklyn 99, Deadpool: The Musical as well as numerous commercials and short films. He is currently a faculty member at Studio School, the Theater Operations Coordinator at Fullerton College, and one of the lead instructors at Sword Fights Inc. He is excited to come work with ACT again this summer!
Ellicia Elliott
Ellicia Elliott
Teaching Artist
Ellicia Elliott is the co-founder and Artistic Director of The Rude Mechanicals, Eastern Washington’s premiere Shakespeare theatre company. She holds an MFA in Directing from the University of Idaho, and both an MA in Theatre Production and a BA in Theatre Arts Education from CWU. Before starting The Rude Mechanicals, Ellicia directed over fifty productions in educational theatre programs and local community theatres. Recognition for her work include Shakespeare’s Globe Master Class in Directing (2016), artEquity Facilitator Training with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (2015), 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).
Adrienne Fletcher Shields
Adrienne Fletcher Shields
Teaching Artist
Bio Coming Soon
Zanna Grandinetti
Zanna Grandinetti
Teaching Artist
Zanna Grandinetti has a Masters in Education and she teaches 2nd grade at St. Joseph’s School. She grew up dancing and became a certified dance instructor with the Royal Academy of Dance. She then trained with Maine State Ballet where she learned to love Balanchine style of dance. Her specialty is ballet and jazz but she enjoys all forms of dance. Two of her children love acting and they are involved at ACT so Zanna enjoys sharing her dance knowledge to help the students at ACT become more experienced in dance.
Clint Howell
Clint Howell
Technical Director/Tech Titans Director
Bio Coming Soon
Shea King
Shea King
Director/Teaching Artist
Shea is the Associate Artistic Director of The Rude Mechanicals in Tri-Cities, Washington. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and holds an MFA in directing from the University of Idaho. Shea has directed at theaters such as the acclaimed Bay Street Theater in New York, Redwood Curtain Theatre in Humboldt County, The Rude Mechanicals in Eastern Washington, Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, and the Lake City Playhouse in Coeur D’alene, Idaho. Shea is also a proud faculty member at CBC teaching theatre and speech classes. He will be directing A Wrinkle In Time with ACT this Spring!
Stephen Miller
Stephen Miller
Teaching Artist
Stephen grew up with ACT helping shape who he is today! When he’s not sharing his passion for the arts with students at ACT, he’s sharing his passion for teaching English Language Arts and Leadership with the 7th graders at Libby Middle School.
Emily Richman
Emily Richman
Director
Emily holds a BA in Theatre Arts and an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counselin, and has been involved in theatre for 25 years. She is a professional counselor, comedian, and event host, and works with many local theatre companies including Mid Columbia Musical Theatre, and The Rude Mechanicals. Her recent resume includes Jesus Christ Superstar, Plaza Suite, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Nancy Drew: Girl Detective. She will directing The Jungle Book this spring with ACT!
Maggie Schwan
Maggie Schwan
Teaching Artist
Maggie has a B.A. in English Language Arts and a Master’s in Teaching. She has been performing in theatre, choir, and chamber choir since she was a child. She is passionate about teaching and the arts and really excited to working with ACT this summer!
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.
Jackson Yale
Jackson Yale
Teaching Artist
Jackson is an alumni of ACT’s program, he is passionate about theatre, dance, and the arts in general. He is currently a student at Columbia Basin College where he is working towards his teaching certificate.

About ACT

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Mission

To provide educational opportunities in the theatre arts for young people of all abilites and levels of interest; to produce quality theatre for and by the young with appeal to all ages; and to expose people to diverse ideas and cultures through the theatre experience.

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