About Us

ARTISTS’ COLLECTIVE THEATRE (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.

Not-for-profit

Artists’ Collective Theatre is a not-for-profit theatre company. All proceeds for theatre plays, classes and donations are used to further ACT’s mandate. Theatre productions can be an expensive endeavor due to the costs of renting theatre space; building sets; manufacturing or renting costumes; storage; supporting artists; marketing and operating the organization. ACT strives to run cost neutral theatre production. When a cost neutral theatre production is not possible, money from donations and grants are used to make up the cost differences.

ACT plays an important role in the community by supporting new and emerging artists providing them with opportunity to hone their craft by learning from a dedicated crew of experienced volunteers that take pride in passing on their knowledge. We are thankful for everyone involved in ACT’s world and look forward to supporting the arts community for years to come.

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, Trinity College, and has attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, UK. Select Theatre credits as a director include: The Thin Man (Asst. Director, Vertigo Theatre) Romeo & Juliet (Pendley Shakespeare Festival), Diary of Anne Frank (2018 Canmore Tour, ACT 2016 season, Morpheus Theatre), GENESIS: The Mary Shelley Play, Alice's Wonderland, The Goat (or) Who is Sylvia, Almost Maine, Spring Awakening, Boiler Room Suite (ACT), Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Ella (or) La Cenerentola, Love Potion No. 9 - Asst. Director (Cowtown Opera), Peter Pan - Asst. Director (Storybook Theatre).

Artistic Associate

Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs

Ben Jacobs 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, Alice's Wonderland, GENESIS: The Mary Shelley Play, Haunted House Hamlet (Artists Collective Theatre), Measure for Measure (RADA), Romeo & Juliet, Taming of the Shrew (Pendley Shakespeare Festival), Romeo & Juliet (Canmore Summer Theatre Festival, PTP & ACT). 

Artistic Associate

Amber Bisonette Fafard

Amber Bisonette Fafard

Amber Bisonette Fafard



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.

Board of Directors

Erik Hope - Chairman

Jan Francis - Vice President

Nigel Francis - Secretary

Brenda Spenard - Treasurer

Charlotte Loeppky - Member at large

Jane Tetley - Member at Large