About ACT 1

ACT 1 (Artists' Cooperative Theatre) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing theatrical gems, both classic and modern, to Nashville audiences. Now in its thirtieth season, ACT 1 has presented productions of more than a hundred of the world's greatest plays. ACT 1 continually receives high praise from critics and audience members alike, and its productions and performers are recipients of multiple prizes and awards. ACT 1 performs in the intimate Darkhorse Theater, a space which offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting.

The Company

ACT 1 believes that the most important function of theatre is to describe and comment upon the human condition, to examine the tragedy and comedy of what we are, and perhaps to suggest what we ought to become. Drama which evolves out of this function fulfills the highest purpose of theatre. It provides for the type of meaningful examination that must survive as a major part of theatre.

Toward that end, ACT 1 concentrates its focus upon:

  1. the presentation of classical theatre, modern and otherwise; and
  2. the creation of an appreciation for and love of this work through education.

The Managing Board

  • David Arnold
  • Eric Butler
  • Anna Derrington
  • Kenneth Dozier
  • Chris Heinz
  • Jacob Heinz
  • Jim Manning
  • Catherine McTamaney
  • Benjamin Pendergrast
  • Katie Veglio
  • Lane Wright
  • Cat Arnold, Board Chair