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Community theatre provides a wonderful space for people to connect and develop their skills and love for theatre. We are so proud of those that have been a part of the AACT family and have moved on to bigger and brighter opportunities. Here are just a few…..

Heather Connelly graduated June 2018 from Stanford University with a double B.A. in Theater & Performance Studies and Political Science (her eternal joke being that they’re basically the same thing).

During the past four years she was a part of 14 productions, both onstage and off, and served as Artistic Director of the Stanford Shakespeare Company. Her capstone role was Natalie in Next to Normal, and she was awarded the Louis Sudler Prize by the school of Humanities and Sciences for her accomplishments and promise in the performing arts.

Ian Downes, longtime member of AACT and instructor for the Summer Intensives, graduated from Auburn University in 2018 with a B.F.A in Performance. During his time at Auburn University he was a member of the Mosaic Theater Company and even had his own play: “The Spider” produced as a student production. 

Come fall, he will be heading off to pursue a masters in Performance Studies at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Harmon Herring works behind the scenes for AACT keeping the website functioning and current. Congrats to Harmon on for receiving the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Founders academic scholarship. He graduated from Auburn High School in May 2018.

Harmon will be moving to New York mid-August to major in Computer Security at RIT. We wish him all the best (and hope he can still help with the website from afar).

We are so proud of our very own Alex Renée Hubbard! You may remember Alex as the Kangaroo in AACT’s Suessical the Musical, Jr. She recently graduated from University of Alabama and was awarded an apprenticeship at the Georgia Ensemble Theatre and Conservatory, She will be moving to Atlanta in July 2018 to perform in their 9-month repertory tour, audition for and understudy GET’s mainstage productions, perform in showcases for theatre professionals, and work in every aspect of theatre production and theatre management.

Alex is currently working on another production with Birmingham Children’s Theatre – Schoolhouse Rock, Live!

Katie Kirk graduated summa cum laude with University Honors from Auburn University in 2018, earning a B.A. in philosophy and minors in German and English. 

She was the top graduate of Auburn’s College of Liberal Arts, earning her the President’s Award, and she was recently published in both The New York Times and Sojourners Magazine. 

She will be a Fulbright Scholar in the fall, serving as an English Teaching Assistant in Hanover, Germany.

Addison Peacock graduated from Auburn High School in 2018. She received the Auburn University Founders academic scholarship and was awarded the Robert J. Malone theater scholarship.

In the fall, she’ll be attending Auburn University, working on concurrent degrees in Theater and Psychology. Since she’ll still be in town, we hope she’ll still continue her involvement with AACT.

Are you an AACT Alumni? We’d love to hear from you and find out what you’ve been doing since your time with us. Please send an email with your information to (be sure to include a head shot).