January 10, 2012

Performance Groups & Teacher Bios

Check out the Performance groups we have to offer!


ACT’s Troupe and Troupers are auditioned repertory groups of outstanding high school (Troupe) and middle school (Troupers) students from throughout the Tri-Cities area.

Troupe strives to provide the highest quality in professionalism and performance, and bring a public awareness to sensitive subjects. Past projects include festivals, competitions, educational productions and projects, dinner and dessert theatre. Troupers focus on literature-based works to expand the mind and stretch the imagination, thus allowing for optimal growth and immersion in theatre knowledge, skills, and confidence. Super Troupers is an advanced group of ensemble actors.  It is NOT an auditioned group but advances directly from Troupers.  Super Troupers work on more advanced projects that often reflect challenges faced by their peers.  The age range is 7th -9th grade.  At the end of the season, students in 8th or 9th grade are eligible to advance to Troupers at the discretion of the Director.  


Spontaneous Combustion (SPC) and Sparks are audition-based improv groups for youth grades 6-12; Sparks is for middle school students / SPC is for high school students. These quick and witty groups perform throughout the community, as well as at ACT's Winter Showcase & Art Alive Weekend. As a group, each strive to entertain and inform our audiences with quality fun and funny shows. The members are skilled at quick, creative and analytically thinking, character development, storytelling, and teamwork.

SPONTANEOUS-COMBUSTION meets Saturdays from 3p-5p,

SPARKS meets Saturdays from 1p-3p


If you love to sing, dance and act, this is the group for you. Members are "triple threats" who wish to improve their performing skills while working with other actors who are just as talented as they are. We push ourselves to be better performers while having a lot of fun in the process. Encore! is our high school group. 

ENCORE is our middle school/ High school group (Grades 3-7). Meets Wednesday's from 4p-6p ( Grades 7-12)

Stardust is our elementary/middle school group (Grades 3-7). 
STARDUST meets Tuesday's from 4p-6p

The Stardust & Encore choir performs a wide variety of musical styles, from musical theater to classical, all while building excellent vocal technique. Stardust & Encore enjoys a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year both at ACT and in the community. 

PLEASE CONTACT ADRIENNE FLETCHER AT Adrienne@actstaff.org before signing up.


ACT’s newest performance group is designed to be the perfect start to an actor's education.

Ensemble is an after school drama club for 3rd-5th graders is designed to share our love of theatre with your actor. The group will meet twice a week (Mon & Wed) for three weeks every month during the school year (starting in October), with one week off between sessions.

The group will work on a different focus each session; session focuses can include Harry Potter, Charlie Brown, Dr. Seuss, Chronicles of Narnia and more. The end of each session will include a sharing day for family and friends.

This program will have rolling enrollment. If you register month by month the group is $110 a month, HOWEVER if you sign up for the entire year you receive a 50% discount making each month only $55!

Tech Titans

TECH TITANS: This program is for those students who know the real magic happens backstage! You will be introduced to important aspects of technical theatre, such as set, sound, lighting, stage managing, costuming and more! Even better, you'll use these skills to support performances at ACT.

Tech Titans is our only FREE group. 


Introducing ACT’s newest performance group in partnership with the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers: MY CHOIR! 

In this traditional choir performance group students will work on building and strengthening their vocal techniques and learn new vocal skills and tools. 
This group is also an excellent way for students to build their confidence in their performance abilities by performing at various venues throughout the community and ACT!
Please inquire for information at Info@actstaff.org
Cost: $55 a month


Meet our teachers!

Josh Darby

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.

Julie Schreoder

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.

Adrienne Fletcher

Bio Coming soon! 

Cameron Milton

Bio Coming Soon!

Tayler Riley

Bio Coming soon! 

16 thoughts on “Performance Groups & Teacher Bios

  • Faith will not be doing stardust next semester. Thank you for everything. Please let me know if there’s anything ele we haven’t resolved.

  • My daughter, Emily Rose Ravella will no longer be able to attend ENCORE. Is it possible to stop the automatic payments for the rest of the year?

    Thank you,

    • Sharon- I have stopped payments for you and also have refunded you $40 for an overpayment.

  • My children are interested in ENCORE and SPC. Are there auditions for these groups? Can you start anytime? Thanks!

    • Hi Amanda!

      That awesome that you kids are interested in our performance groups! ENCORE and SPC are both high school based audition groups, they will have auditions for next school year in May of this year. We have not yet finalized dates but we will announce it here on our website and our Facebook page. We also have groups of Stardust and Sparks for younger students.

      If you have any further questions please let us know via email, I can be reached at josh@actstaff.org.


  • I have two 5th graders who would love to be in your Stardust group. What is the process for auditioning? They just completed the November Saturday workshop and loved it!!

    • Hi Melanie,

      We are very glad to hear that they are enjoying being at ACT. To audition for Stardust, you’ll need to contact the director Kris York. She will have all the details about joining the group, what to prepare, and if there are spots. Her email is kristyneyork@gmail.com If you have any further questions, let us know at info@actstaff.org.


  • My son is interested in both Stardust and SPARK. He is currently in 7th grade. Is there a schedule for auditions for these groups? thanks for the help!

    • Hi Garrett!

      That’s great! Both of these groups will have auditions for the upcoming school year in May (no specific date is set yet). Sparks is at it’s capacity for the 2017-2017 school year BUT will have opening for the next one. Stardust might still be taking new students you can contact kristyneyork@gmail.com. If you have any other questions please contact us at info@actstaff.org. We’d be happy to help


  • Good morning. Our son, William Henry, will be in 8th grade next year at Chief Jo middle School. He is interested in auditioning for Sparks. Are auditions open, and if so, how does he go about getting one? Thank you for your help! Amanda

    • Hi Amanda!

      Thanks for you inquiry about Sparks, we will be having audition for the next school year on May 20th! They will be held from 1p-2p, and your student will be playing some games with our current group in order to see what skills he has and how delectable he is! You can fill out an audition form on that day, there is no need to make an appointment but it is helpful if we know if you are going to be there.

      If you have any further questions please let me know.

    • Thanks so much Abigail! We hope to see you in class again this fall! — Thanks Josh

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