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Staying connected and in community during this unprecedented time - 
With the updates from the state on indoor gatherings, and the timeline of vaccine availability potentially moving up, we're in conversations about what this will mean for ACT. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make sure our space is safe for volunteers, students, staff members, patrons, and anyone and everyone who comes into our building. Feeling both cautious and hopeful!

We're approaching the anniversary of our building's shutdown. Keep an eye on our social media next week for a video project directed by Mark Jones that puts this year into perspective!

We have started planning for this year's Costume Drama: A Fashion Show. 2021 will be the 10th year in row for this event! As we did last summer, we will be filming and streaming this show. We're still waiting on other details to fall into place and are eager to share those with you as soon as we know ourselves!

We continue to follow all state and local guidelines and recommendations for social distancing, mask-wearing, and attendance capacities.
 

In This Newsletter:

DEI Update

What's new with our DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) work?  

In our last e-newsletter, we shared that we are spending important time this year reflecting on ways in which ACT might unknowingly contribute to injustice in our community and society. We are actively identifying actions ACT can take to evolve into an organization that centers diversity, inclusion, equity and kindness. 

We are about halfway through our Equity Audits. So far, Aisha Adams has conducted 2 components of our Equity Audit - our digital footprint and our programming audit. After examining our materials, Aisha facilitated a conversation around ways in which ACT can be more inclusive. Her perspective is so valuable and these conversations are so exciting. ACT isn't going to change our mission to produce excellent theatre, we are just going to make space for more people at the table, and make sure that we are lifting up more voices, more stories, more artists. 

Aisha is currently auditing all of our policies and procedures and then will audit our facility. Her report and recommendations and the ideas we are excited about will become a part of a strategic plan. We'll continue to share the specifics as we come up with our action steps.

Thank you to everyone who has reached out with questions, comments, and concerns. If you'd like to leave a note or ask a question, please do! 

March Youth Improv Classes!

Classes begin Monday, March 15, 2021
4:00-4:45 pm * Ages 8-11
5:00-5:45 pm * Ages 12-15
Taught by Chris Martin


Play favorite improv games and discover some new ones! The class includes fun warm-ups, “Yes And” exercises, lots and games, and a showcase during the last class! No previous experience required!
Register or get more info!

Videos on Demand

Here's how it works: you purchase a ticket for the show of your choice and you'll be sent a unique link to watch. Once you click the "start watching" button, you'll have 48 hours to complete your view - so feel free to stop and start - or watch the whole thing in one sitting!

Note: ACT's Video on Demand films are best viewed on your computer, tablet, or phone - or a Smart TV with web browser. Casting to a television via Chromecast or similar is difficult.
Miss the live show? No worries, now you can watch Listen to This as Video on Demand, available starting one week after each live performance!
 

Never Feed Him After Midnight: Stirring Pet-sitting Stories
Originally aired on February 25, 2021


Featuring stories by Betsy Puckett, Mondy Carter, Shelagh Ratner, and Todd Lester, plus songs from The Moon and You. Hosted by Tom Chalmers.
Buy tickets now!

ACT Rewind: Listen to 2020
Available as Video on Demand thru March 31, 2021!


Hit rewind and watch (or re-watch!) three of the best Listen to This episodes from 2020! Each episode clocks in between 60-80 minutes.
  • Theme Park Theme: True Amusement Park Tales Meant to Amuse
    • Featuring stories by Bryan Morrisey, Alison Fields, Delina Hensley, and Karen Stobbe, plus songs by Kim Richardson - Originally aired July 30, 2020
  • Surprise and Shine: True Tales of Unexpected Events
    • Featuring stories by Tessa Fontaine, Corr de Joch, Shelagh Ratner, and Rod Murphy, plus songs by Silas Durocher - Originally aired October 1, 2020
  • When a Story Calls: True Tales of In-house Horrors
    • Featuring stories by David Novak, Andy Corren, Waylon Wood, and Rebecca Morris, plus songs by Rebecca O'Quinn - Originally aired October 29, 2020
Buy tickets now!

In Case You Missed It

Next Week: It's Zelda Fitzgerald Week in Asheville! Read about it in the Mountain Xpress - and catch an online performance starring Carol Anders and Terry Darakjy on Friday night!

Last Week: Playwright and Director Ria Young debuted The Power of Our Village, a short film ode to the Shiloh Community on Sunday. Check it out here!

Support Local Theatre - all over town! Check out what's happening with our friends at:

Thank You!

If a highlight of your week has ever been attending an ACT show, taking part in an ACT class, or volunteering at the theatre, please consider helping us now. If you are able to make a donation, no matter the amount, you will be helping ACT keep our programs going strong for the children, teens, and adults who need them more than ever. Thank you, and keep being creative together, however you can.

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