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). 

Company Manager

Samantha Braitenback

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

Ben Francis

Ben Francis

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). 

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.