African American Children’s Theatre Founding Members
Edmund Clark, Jr.
All of these young people were ages
8 to 18 when AACT began in 1989!
AACT Alumni Ambasadors:
African American Children's Theatre - A Milwaukee Treasure
What began as a one-time musical theatre production by a group of excited young people has turned into an enduring Milwaukee treasure. The AACT was founded after the tragic deaths of two young men in 1989, as a way to help their friends heal, and to provide more safe and constructive activities for youth.
AACT provides opportunities for participants to learn about their heritage and see positive, non-violent images of African American life. Our after-school theatre sessions equip girls and boys with discipline and teamwork skills in a safe learning environment. Our drama and music selections are drawn from the rich history of African American arts, African traditions, and the multicultural diaspora.
The mission of the African American Children's Theatre (AACT) is to provide all children of the metro Milwaukee area with opportunities to express their creativity, to nurture their individuality, and to guide them in learning and acquiring leadership and performance skills while producing quality art.
AACT programming in 2016-17 is sponsored in part by Arts@Large, Milwaukee Public Schools-Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Herzfeld Foundation, Bader Philanthropies, CAMPAC Milwaukee County, the Wisconsin Arts Board and individuals like you!