ACT Staged Reading

Presented once each year, the ACT Staged Reading provides a forum for advanced students to take on more challenging works in the intimate atmosphere of reader’s theatre. The cast is small and the budget is minimal, but the benefit to individual student actors is immense! The annual reading is also a benefit for the ACT scholarship fund, which provides the opportunity for all students to participate in classes and shows, no matter their family’s financial background.

Past Staged Readings

She Kills Monsters

August, 2021

Directed by Rachel Tietz

She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she finds herself catapulted into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was her sister’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and ’90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

This ACT Staged Reading has been underwritten by a generous grant provided by

The Velveteen Rabbit

March, 2020

In the world of toys, life begins when humans leave the room. When one group of toys discovers a velveteen rabbit, they learn what it means to be truly loved by their owner. Adapted from the classic story by Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit tells the story of the unconditional love between a boy and his toy bunny and how that love makes the rabbit real.


Charlotte’s Web

Spring 2019

Directed by Kerry DiMaggio
Featuring: Claire Guyader, London Raftery, Charley Beck, Kyan VanderWeele, Zachary Schuetze, Alex Miller


Peer Gynt

Spring 2018

Directed by Cameron Parker
Featuring: Phineas Peters, Elliot Peters, Jed Authier, Penny DellaPelle, Carly Crow, Isabella Grznar



Beau Jest

Spring 2017

Directed by Felicia Hall
Featuring: Jed Authier, Carly Crow, Drew VanderWeele, Penny DellaPelle, Elliot Peters, Phineas Peters



Amelia Earhart

Spring 2016

Directed by Kerry DiMaggio
Featuring: Elizabeth Tharp, Jed Authier, Penny DellaPelle




Spring 2015

Directed by Kerry DiMaggio
Featuring: Jed Authier, Penny DellaPelle, Trevyn Wong, Elizabeth Tharp


Sarah, Plain and Tall

Spring 2014

The Giver

Spring 2013