January 2022 DEI Update

Our staff and board participated in a 10 week racial equity training session this summer with Collaborative Organizing. At the close of that training, board and staff members joined together to create a Cultural Change Agent Team (CCAT), a group that meets regularly to move equity forward in all areas of the theatre’s operations and […]

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ASL-Interpreted Performances

Since March of 2020, the Mainstage at Asheville Community Theatre has been dark for live, in-person performances. But the lights are coming back up after this long intermission. This month, we will open its 76th season with Clue, a comedy based on the cult classic movie (and the board game)! Asheville Community Theatre will offer […]

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Responding to Cultural Appropriation

  ACT recognizes that we have been uneducated about the cultural appropriation present in our productions. This issue has been perpetuated through harmful costumes, characterizations, and stylings within a number of productions, including Costume Drama. We commit to educating ourselves and we are taking action to prevent future harm. For the past year, ACT has […]

Moving Forward: DEI Update April 2021

We are grateful to have had several months working with Aisha Adams, who recently shared the results of Equity Audits of our policies, procedures, programs, digital footprint, and physical space. One note to share – we found that many of our policies and procedures contained vague expectations rather than understandable and transparent specifics. There are […]

Update on ACT’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  In June 2020, we shared a statement in response to the continued violence perpetrated against members of the Black community. Our statement ended with: As a theatre, we are in process of reflecting on the ways in which we contribute to the injustices in our community and society, and we are identifying the actions […]

ACT’s Response to Racial Injustice

Dear Friends, I wanted to write to you today to share ACT’s statement on racial injustice. We will be posting this statement across our social media platforms today: # # # Black lives matter, Black stories matter, Black art matters. We stand together with the Black artists, volunteers, collaborators and creators with whom we work, […]