Who is A Classic Theatre?
Our Mission, Our History
A Classic Theatre takes pride in producing a wide range of offerings that fit its mission of producing
classic, historic, contemporary and original works.
What kind of plays do we produce?
Our goal is to entertain, inspire critical thinking and engage our audience through the performing arts.
Plays that are relevant and timely
Plays that stimulate conversation
Plays that entertain
Plays that challenge our artists
What do we value?
Passion for making each production of the highest quality
The Artists –Providing an inclusive, nurturing environment to create
Our community – Embracing the diversity of St. Augustine
Our Volunteers- For their dedication and enthusiasm
Our Donors -For they are our partners
Financial stability - So we can continue to grow and thrive
Collaboration with community groups and other arts organizations
Audience – Our most important asset
Founded In May of 2005 by Jean Rahner, ACT made its debut on the arts scene with a staged reading of Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss. Fully staged productions followed being presented in every conceivable venue. As the organization grew, original works and plays featuring the history of St. Augustine were included each season.
Although ACT never had a permanent home during that time, it spent several seasons at The Pioneer Barn and Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center. Currently, thanks to the generosity of The City of St. Augustine and The St. Johns Cultural Council, we are now fortunate to have a home at The Waterworks Building.
As A Classic Theatre looks forward to the future with renewed vigor as it continues to seek out and embrace new playwrights and produce classic and contemporary plays with a fresh voice.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cindy Alexander has returned to her home state having lived in New York and New Jersey for most of her career. While in NY, she worked as a talent agent representing actors for Theatre, Film and Television. She then became manager of a 1000 seat performing arts center in central NJ presenting all forms of touring theatrical shows.
In addition to her work life, Cindy was active in a local community theatre as a director and producer as well as serving on the board as president. Some favorite shows she has directed are Shirley Valentine, The Cocktail Hour, Good People, Ruthless, When We are Married and Love, Loss What I Wore.
Since joining ACT she has produced or assisted on Lysistrata, Democracy, Ripcord, Blithe Spirit and Gertrude Stein as well as directing a staged reading of Motherhood Out Loud. She is very happy to have found a theatre home with A Classic Theatre.
Amy Lauer Goldin
Amy Lauer Goldin moved from Miami FL to St. Augustine in 2014 and immediately found a niche in the local arts community. She has stage managed and worked tech on several shows for A Classic Theatre, including Love, Loss and What I Wore, Threads of Silver and Gold, Lysistrata, Tea with Zora and Marjorie, Six One Acts with Tennessee Williams, 1984, and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks.
Her original plays include Shrink Rap, Gated Communities, and The Sisters O’Toole, which will debut in the Classic Theatre 2022 season.
Amy is also an active member of Ancient City Poets.
A native of western Pennsylvania, Tom graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington with a Bachelor of Music degree. He then did his graduate studies in church music at Westminster Choir College (Ryder University) in Princeton, NJ. He spent most of his career as full-time Director of Music at The Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook, NJ. (Founded in 1688) After 44 years of service there he retired to St. Augustine. While in NJ he was also active in The Chester Theatre Group, Chester NJ. There he served on the Board for many years as Treasurer. He also was one of their Musical Directors and a keyboard player in the “pit” for many of their musicals. He has been in St. Augustine for a year and a half and is the part-time organist for Grace United Methodist Church.
He is looking forward to helping in any way at ACT.
Glo MacDonald joined us in 2018 after having served as ACT’s graphic designer beginning with the 2017 production of "An Evening of One Acts" by Tennessee Williams. A graphic artist by profession, Glo moved to St. Augustine in 2017 and is now handling marketing for ACT. Glo is also a board member of Romanza and handles marketing for Celtic Festival and Romanza Festivale.
Glo and her husband Mac have an extensive background in television and have become part of the production team.
Harolyn has been meshing education and drama for 40 years. She has just retired from Florida State College at Jacksonville as professor of Public Speaking and Communication. While there, she created and directed three Readers Theatre productions, Teacher Man, The American Dream (also presented at Cummer Museum) and The Little Prince.
Harolyn is honored to be a part of the TEDxJacksonville and TEDxFSCJ team where she coaches speakers, and a Board member for Orange Park Chorale.
Harolyn has performed for professional and community theatres, and directed 18 productions for adults and children in community theatres in KY, IN and FL.
Katie has been involved in theatre since a very young age and has appeared with several theatres around the NE florida area.
Some of her favouite stage appearances include: Bus Stop (Elma Duckworth), Private Lives (Sibyl Chase), and Smoke on the Mountain (June Sanders).
As part of A Classic Theatre, Katie has acted in several productions including: Blithe Spirit, 1984, and An Evening of One Acts by Tennessee Williams.
In addition she was Stage Manager for Cross Roads and also serves as ACT's Social Media coordinator.
"If only life could be a little more tender and art a little more robust."- Alan Rickman