Asheville Community Theatre awarded grant from Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund

September 27, 2017

Asheville Community Theatre (ACT) has been awarded a grant of $10,000 by the Perry N. Rudnick Endowment Fund of the Community Foundation of Henderson County.

“This grant will be used to support the expansion of Asheville Community Theatre,” said Susan Harper, Executive Director. “ACT has been committed to the community of Western North Carolina for more than 70 years, and our project ensures that we’ll be a venue for entertainment, enrichment, and education for at least 70 more. The grant from the Community Foundation of Henderson County will give us additional resources to increase programming space to meet our demonstrated demand.”

Asheville Community Theatre has completed the first phase of their Theatre Expansion and Renovation Project which included the renovation of the Mainstage Auditorium, dressing rooms and Green Room and significant upgrades to the lighting and sound system, with a hearing loop installed by Asheville Audiology Services. ACT is currently raising funds for Phase 2, the new construction of a black box theatre and the addition of an education complex with permanent classroom space.

Asheville Community Theatre was founded in August 1946 and has served the children and adults of Western North Carolina through classes and camps, volunteer opportunities onstage and off, and hundreds of performances presented both on stage and across the region in schools, libraries, community centers, and retirement communities. In ACT’s 2015-16 season, more than 4,700 children participated in educational programming and 36,682 tickets were sold. McRae Hilliard is the President of the Board of Directors and Susan Harper is the Executive Director of Asheville Community Theatre.

The Community Foundation of Henderson County supports charitable programs in the greater Henderson County area. It was founded in 1982 and administers over 500 funds with assets of over $80 million.

For more information about capital campaign or the expansion plans, please contact Susan Harper, Executive Director at 828-254-1320 x29 or