Mission & History
Authentic Community Theatre, Inc. exists to both explore and encourage the application of the performing arts as a catalyst towards responsible social change and enhanced community cohesion.
- Develop original work to address significant and relevant social issues.
- Offer educational opportunities for students to explore the creative arts and processes.
- Provide artistic outreach programs to underserved segments of our community.
- Encourage artistic growth in amateurs and professionals by providing professional and social opportunities for local artists.
ACT is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service. If you would like to make a donation, visit our donation page.
ACT began as a creative collaboration between Hagerstown native Niki Perini and English drama educators Tony Goode and Warwick Dobson. The trio met at an educational drama workshop run by Tony and Warwick in New York City. ACT became an official not-for-profit organization in the spring of 2005, and its first undertaking was the 2005 Summer Institute for the Arts (SIFTA). SIFTA was designed to bring together like-minded artists and arts educators committed to the development of community music, arts and performing projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.