History and Mission

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is a Community Theatre

We have an open-door policy, and welcome all members of our community to participate.

The Philadelphia Story, A2CT, 1942

The Philadelphia Story, A2CT , 2015

She Stoops to Conquer, A2CT, 1969

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre was founded in 1929 (a year after the first Academy Awards were presented!) After 4 years of organizing, the theatre presented its first drama, The Late Christopher Bean. The performance venues, offices & personnel have changed, but we are still here. Hundreds of shows later, we continue to provide theatre opportunities for all members of the community, as well as provide quality entertainment for Southeast Michigan and Northeast Ohio.

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre's Mission

Ann Arbor Civic Theatre is a community theatre group. We exist to provide opportunities for the members of the community to participate in theatre. A2CT values and promotes creative excellence and personal artistic growth through:

  • Presentation of quality theatre performances of the community
  • Open invitation for participation in all aspects of theatrical production
  • Development of talent through educational, apprenticeship, and performance opportunities

See our current IRS 990 below.

A2CT Activities

Our theatre is involved in the following activities:

  • Producing its own theatrical productions
  • Children's theatre through our own A2CT Junior Theatre series
  • Performance, technology and educational workshops
  • Space, costume and equipment rental to the community
  • Partnerships with other theatres for space, marketing & production: Spinning Dot Theatre , Pass the Hat Productions
  • Participation in community events


We are active participants in the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce, American Association of Community Theatres, Community Theatre Association of Michigan, Michigan Association of Community Arts Agencies, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

A2CT 2018 990.pdf
Learn more about A2CT History!

Brian Parrish talks about his experience with community theatre:

I love doing community theater because even though the friendships you make might not last, they have a certain Energy that a normal friendship wouldn't have because you Know it won't last beyond the show. We are all of us living different lives and we happen to converge at this one point, this one time to pool our talents and create something magical. Something special.

Here's what one of our long-time members, Glenn Bugala, says about theatre:

We are confronted with this question in this society: Why do we do theatre? Why would we want to create something out of nothing--just because? Why so much energy over 'entertainment'? Through the casting and gathering of diverse individuals, we create something that no one else on the planet can create in exactly the same way, something that will be truly unique and our own. We are artists, and we do this because we love the camaraderie, we love to explore the hidden parts of our souls, we want to express something to the world, we have something to say, we want to turn our focus back on ourselves and hopefully discover what humanity is about and share it with others--raw and vulnerable. We do it because we LOVE it.

And see what Matt Berdahl says, in defense of live theatre:

There is something so different about theatre in modern day. It is a place to go to be affected --it's Live. That is rare. Theatre is not a movie. It’s a one and done experience. Whatever happens that night you see, a show with however many other people in the audience and cast and crew, that’s it. A million people can’t tweet about it as if it was a VMA performance. There is something grounding in that, and that is something artful that I appreciate.

Matt Berdahl, cast member of Moonglow