About Us


artists' collective theatre

About Us

ACT IS A CALGARY BASED THEATRE COMPANY FOUNDED BY AMANDA LIZ CUTTING AND ERIC PETTIFOR IN 2012.

Mandate

  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

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. 

Technical Director

Michelle McAulay

Michelle McAulay

Michelle McAulay Michelle McAulay is a graduate of Vancouver Island University where she studied Theatre and Creative Writing. She is a CAT award nominated Lighting Designer for the production of The Diary of Anne Frank (Morpheus Theatre). Select credits include, The Lonely Soldier Monologues (Lighting Design, Artist Collective Theatre), The Rimers of Eldritch (Lighting Design, VIU Theatre), Dog Sees God (Technical Director, VIU Theatre) and A Comedy Double Bill (Technical Director, VIU Theatre). 

Artistic Producer

Rikki Alayna-Jane

Rikki Alayna-Jane

Rikki Alayna-Jane graduated the Technical Theatre Production Program at Red Deer College where she primarily focused on stage management and stage carpentry. She recently stage managed ACT’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank and is looking forward to being part of the upcoming season. Select credits include: Badger (Theatre BSMT), Moon People (Opening Ears and Eyes), and The Nutcracker Ballet (Red Deer Dance Conservatory).

Artistic Associate

Kaleigh Richards

Kaleigh Richards

Kaleigh Richards is born and raised Calgarian and graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts in Toronto where she trained as a Triple Threat. Some of her recent theatre credits include The Inconvenience (Urban Stories Theatre), The Cows (SAGE Theatre IGNITE! Festival), The Diary Of Anne Frank (Artists' Collective Theatre), The Who's Tommy (Front Row Centre Players), Not A Shot Fired (Heritage Park Players) and The House of Bernarda Alba (Toronto Fringe Festival). Kaleigh is also the Promotions Coordinator at Bell Media Radio, sits on the Next Generation Committee of the Calgary Stampede and is an avid horseback rider.

Artistic Associate

Ben Francis

Ben Francis

Ben Francis is a graduate of the master class program at the Company of Rogues Actors Studio and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Select theatre credits include: All in Good Time (Workshop Theatre), The Rimers of Eldritch, The Bar off Melrose (Company of Rogues), Almost Maine, The Goat (or) Who is Sylvia?, The Vibrator Play, Not Sondheim, Diary of Anne Frank (Artists Collective Theatre) and Measure for Measure (RADA). 

Board Member

Charlotte Loeppky

Charlotte Loeppky

Charlotte Loeppky is an actor, director, musician and teacher. She has studied theatre in various venues over the years and considers herself a lifelong student of the craft, enjoying the challenges that any new production will offer. Credits include having worked on the award winning musical, The Apple Kingdom as Music Director, Ivy in August Osage County, Mrs. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank (and reprised in 2016, Stevie in The Goat (or) Who is Sylvia?, Arden of Faversham, and three episodes of Hell On Wheels for TV.

Board Executive/Executive Producer

Erik Hope

Erik Hope

Erik Hope is a member of the Artists' Collective Theatre Board of Directors and is the Executive Producer of many of the productions. Erik is an Engineer by training and uses his education background combined with his love of woodworking to build many of the set for the company. Erik is active in the theatre community and has designed and built sets for ACT and other theatre companies. Erik loves working behind the scenes and supporting Artists' Collective Theatre in any way he can.

Founding Member

Eric Pettifor

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. His 2014 Fringe production Not Sondheim left audiences delighted, baffled, or in a couple of cases, enraged. He has also appeared as an actor in a number of ACT productions.