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Spotlight on ACT's Laramie Project

Established in 1991, Arlington Children's Theater (ACT) was created by a group of parents who were interested in providing theater opportunities for children in Arlington and surrounding areas. ACT is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the principles of affordability, non-competition, and inclusiveness. Our productions and workshops are open to all kids, regardless of background or ability to pay.ACT workshops and productions engage children in the creative process through participation in a variety of live theatre experiences under the leadership of professionals. Throughout the course of the year, we offer six full-scale theater productions, four camp experiences, and over twenty workshops. Children have the opportunity to participate on stage and off, as playwrights, directors, stage managers, stage technicians, and in other roles. Although the theater was started in Arlington, ACT draws from more than twenty different communities. In March of 2008, ACT finally found a home at Arlington Center for the Arts--a home base for rehearsals and workshops, for ACT's office, and for ACT's props and costumes. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Colleen Rua, ACT is also undergoing an expansion of the theater program to offer even more opportunities for children by partnering with the Arlington schools to produce shows and workshops.

Colleen Rua has worked with the Arlington Children's Theater for seven years as a director and instructor. In 2006, she was named ACT's Artistic Director. Past ACT directing credits include Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, Damn Yankees, Bye Bye Birdie, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Oliver, Godspell, West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. In her other life, Colleen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Drama and Dance at Tufts University.

MatMatt Lundeen is a graduate of Suffolk University with a degree in Theatre Performance. He has acted in several productions including Cabaret, The House of Yes, Pilgrims of the Night, Our Town and They Dance Real Slow in Jackson. Matt's directing credits include The Flight From Egypt by Thornton Wilder and Finding the Sun by Edward Albee, as well as Romeo and Juliet with the Arlington Children's Theater. Stage Managing achievements include The Bad Seed with the Irvine Community Theatre in California, The Pilgrims of the Night and Gypsy with Suffolk University, Bent and MacKenzie with SouthCity Theatre, as well as A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Into the Woods, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Little Shop of Horrors (which he stage managed and was Assistant Director) with ACT.

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