The Asante Children’s Theatre (ACT) has created extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young artists. In 1990, it was created by Deborah Asante to provide a safe place of self-discovery and empowerment. We celebrate the unique traditions of African and African American performing arts. In 2003, a volunteer Board of Directors was established and a 501(c)3 status was granted.
ACT is a place where youth and adults work side by side learning and building confidence in acting, singing, dancing, storytelling, writing, teamwork, obedience, respect of authority and prompt conflict resolution. Our artists perform at various community events and theatres around the State of Indiana.
Thanks to a partnership with the The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, Award-Winning Triple-Threat Valarie Pettiford was able to impart wisdom about life, passion, and the entertainment industry to our Academy members. Broadway, Television and Film star Ms. Pettiford has graced the stories of “The Wiz”, “Half & Half”, “Stomp The Yard”, “Jumping The Broom”, “CSI” and much more. ACT graciously thanks you.
Importance of Arts Programming
September “Our Kids, Our Families, Our Communities” episode! Guest speakers Keesha Dixon (Asante Children’s Theatre) & Ruth Wolff (Metropolitan Youth Orchestra) talk about the importance of the arts in a child’s life!