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About Us

Mission and History

With work called “Excellent!” by the Mountain Xpress, and “Dazzling!” by the Citizen Times, ACA is Asheville’s professional children’s theatre providing ground-breaking work to audiences of all ages. Recognizing its contributions to the cultural landscape, Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer declared July 18, 2014 "Asheville Creative Arts Day;" the company is a not-for-profit theatre with following mission:

Strother Stingley in Asheville Creative Arts' professional production of Miss Nelson is Missing

To produce, present and create professional and innovative live theatre for children of all ages, from the very young to the young at heart, and embrace diverse cultures with a main stage season of productions of musicals, plays, literary and puppet based work that push the boundaries of the genre; to ensure that all children and families in Western North Carolina and beyond have access to theatre arts through outreach such as touring, acting classes, and “inreach” such as specially discounted performances for camp and other community groups; and whenever possible, to employ environmentally sound practices in operations.

We use theater to reflect and elevate the communities we represent and serve, and as such we are committed to presenting the stories of all its participants.  Led by Daniele Martin, ACA's Resident Community Outreach organizer, we are thrilled to partner with Hood Huggers and other community based organizations to build partnerships and pipelines to ensure that all are welcome.

Meet the Team

A writer, designer, puppet artist, theatrical producer who works Off- and Off- Off Broadway in NYC, nationally and internationally.

Formerly Doubting Thomas and Volatile Baby, Stewart is one half of Jonesalee, formed to create music, art and spoken word,

The other half of Jonesalee, Gambill and Stewart have collaborated on film scores and theatrical composition all over the region.

A director, performer,  puppeteer and teaching artist, she has spent the last decade working at theatres in Chicago, Denver, and Sarasota.

ACA's resident outreach associate, she has worked in theater, film and television.  Since moving to Asheville she has done work in the community producing small events and is an active volunteer.

A performer, writer, builder who has worked in national and international Broadway tours, regional theaters and performance venues across NYC.

A playwright and ACA's resident dramaturge, Smith is a NC native and a graduate of University of North Carolina Asheville.

Board of Directors

Andrew D. Atherton (Chair), Maryedith Burrell, Abby Felder, Joe Gill, Edith Langley, Dosty Quarrier, Bryan Robinson, Laura Stone

Honorary Advisors

John and Julie Bresnan, Kevin Davis and Jim Lanning, Lucy Hazlehurst, Shirley Kaplan, Joanna Naftali, Stephanie Wilder

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