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A Contemporary Theatre (ACT) was founded in 1965 by Gregory A. Falls. The purpose of ACT was to present professional, contemporary theater--"to produce the important plays of our times, now while they have particular meaning and impact." The production policy was to present a variety of contemporary plays, using many different theater artists. ACT has an unusual record of educational-professional theater integration with over one hundred students and twenty-five educators involved in ACT productions from 1965-1972. In the second year, ACT included a children's theater. A Young Act Company (YAC), another part of ACT, began as a touring company, but evolved into a stationary repertory theater. The most active period in ACT's history began in 1973 with the appointment of Andrew Witt as General Manager. In the 1980s, ACT evolved from a summer season program to a year round theatre with its own buildings.
Negatives and prints of ACT Theater productions and sets, as well as prints of theater members accepting certificates of appreciation from the Kennedy Center. Also included is the theater's 1976 annual report.
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