Artists' Collective Theatre
About Us

About Us

ACT is a Calgary based theatre company founded by Amanda Liz Cutting and Eric Pettifor in 2012.


  1. To do new works, or new takes on old ones.
  2. To showcase and develop Artists in an ensemble context.
  3. Mentoring of emerging artists.

Artistic Director

Amanda Liz Cutting
Amanda (Liz) Cutting is an actor and director and coach. She is a graduate of the Mount Royal University Theatre Arts Program. She played the Lizard in ACT's production of The Apple Kingdom this March, and directed ACT's productions of The Shape of a Girl and Boiler Room Suite. She recently performed the role of Helen in our production of Fat Pig and directed our production of Spring Awakening.

Artistic Dramaturg

Eric Pettifor
Eric Pettifor is a graduate of the Vancouver Playhouse Acting School, and has directed such plays as Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Noel Coward's The Vortex, and Edward Albee's Seascape. He also has a BA in Archaeology and Psychology from Simon Fraser University. He directed our inaugral production of The Lonely Soldier Monologues in October of 2012, as well as our production of The Apple Kingdom which played at a number of festivals in Alberta in 2013. He recently assistant directed on StoryBook Theatre's Flat Stanley, and assistant directed ACT's blockbuster production of Spring Awakening. He is also a playwright and dramaturg.

Company Manager

Samantha Braitenback
Samantha Braitenback has been performing since she was very young. She started her career in community theatre at the age of 12 and has been involved in the arts ever since. She graduated from Mount Royal University in 2010 and studied at Rogues Actors Studio. She was in productions such as Twelfth Night, Rimers of Eldrich, Les Miserables and Artist Collective Theatre’s Almost Maine, as well as Assistant Directing their production of The Goat.

Artistic Associate

Kat Fullerton
Ben Francis (a real Englishman) is a graduate of the master class program at the Company of Rogues Actors Studio. Select theatre credits include: All in Good Time (Workshop Theatre), The Rimers of Eldritch (Company of Rogues), The Bar off Melrose (Company of Rogues), Almost Maine (Artists Collective Theatre), and The Goat (Artists Collective Theatre).
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Artists' Collective Theatre is a proud member of the Art Point Gallery & Studios Society.