ActOUT! was founded in 1995 as the KW Children's Drama Workshop in the Kitchener-Waterloo Region of Ontario, Canada by Leslie Gail Hill. Ms. Hill retired as Artistic Director in 2009. From 2009-2016 the organization was managed under the direction of Ms. Deanne Bingleman. In 2017, Todd Vercoe took over the reigns as Artistic Director.
The school of actOUT! was formed as a creative home and theatre training centre for young bodies, minds and spirits. Growing from a handful of students to over 500, the training school offers classes in:
- Script writing
Plus workshops in:
- Stage Combat
- Audition Preparation
- Drama Basics
ActOUT! productions was formed for aspiring and skilled actors 5-17 years of age. The company evolved to allow skilled, talented and developing young actors opportunities to perform in professional quality productions. The company has now staged over 55 productions.
ActOUT! offers a great opportunity for children to:
- explore their curiosity of the theatrical arts
- build a healthy self esteem
- Develop many life long skills
All provided in a safe, supportive, nurturing and positive environment.
From weekly workshops through to full scale productions actOUT! is the place to go in the Waterloo Region for professional coaching, mentorship and team building in the world of theatre arts.
Programs are available in various commitment levels to suit your child's needs, experience interests, families available time and financial ability.
We're grateful for our connections with:
- The Elora Community Theatre
- The KW Little Theatre
- The Cambridge Community Players
- JM Drama
- Royal City Musical Productions
- The Registry Theatre
- The Cambridge Centre for the Arts
- Green Light Arts
- Guelph Little Theatre
- Lost & Found Theatre
- The Elora Festival
Community and families can join the journey too through volunteering time and talents in many facets of this fantastic organization.
We are honoured that actOUT! won the 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017 Waterloo Chronicle's Reader's Choice Awards for Live Theatre and Local Entertainers.
ActOUT! graciously acknowledges the support and affiliation of the City of Kitchener and the City of Waterloo.