We change lives through performing arts!

To foster artistic, personal and professional growth for artists everywhere to succeed.

Committed to providing a safe haven for artists to explore themselves and find their purpose.

We use acting, singing, dancing, and storytelling to build life skills.

Asante is a cultural organization that is for everyone. It uses the arts to foster the personal and artistic development in youth and adults from all walks of life to connect with each other and grow.  We take the traditions of the African-American performing arts to create inspiring performances which educate and promote themes that speak to a global community.  This community helps us provide opportunities to our artists to go to the next level no matter what stage they are in their careers or lives.

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Madame Walker Theatre

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Abena and the Python

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Star Midnight 2013

About Asante Children’s Theatre

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 theaters around the State of Indiana.

Our Mission
To use performing arts to develop life skills in youth.
Our Philosophy
We build confidence, improve academic performance and deter behavior by giving young people a safe haven to discover their sense of purpose.
Our Programs
Volunteer
27%
Years Entertaining
77%
Active Students
930%
Performances
12.5K
ACT Veterans
1.2M
Entertained

ACT THANKS YOU…

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!