ACT has been around a long time. When I was in my early 40s I spent one or two terms on their Board of Directors. It's always challenging being part of an organization that lives or dies based on the support of Individuals (theater-goers) and local donations from various groups. The theater and Asheville in general have changed dramatically in the ensuing 30+ years. The city has grown and matured into a true tourist destination. Asheville is now the Beer Capital of the US. The Food scene has grown and flourished with many James Beard acknowledged Chefs and a couple winners to boot. ACT has remained a staple for the arts in both the main theater upstairs and the black box theater downstairs that highlights local and aspiring writers, actors and directors. When I was on the Board the highlight of that time period was bringing Charlton Heston and his wife to Asheville to read for the audience "Love Letters". Heston and his wife ran ACT for a number of years until he became successful in Broadway. Heston's return to Asheville and ACT was a fund raiser for the theater and to give back to place his career began. I remember well, activism aside what a gracious guest he and his wife were. Asheville is better for the arts as are it's residents.
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