About AOAN

Cyndy Blackburn founded Act One Act Now 28 years ago.  Cyndy’s goal was to help young people pursue their passion for acting and cultivating their creative interests. Cyndy believed that by developing theatrical characters, students formulate keen observation skills of the world around them.  Through participating in Act One Act Now–cultivating observation, creativity, and expression–the troupe’s young performers achieve a greater sense of themselves and what they are capable of accomplishing. 

Local actor and educator John Paul Middlesworth continues Act One Act Now in the spirit in which it was founded.  The emphasis is on small casts, lots of individual attention and creative productions of classic works.  John Paul brings eleven years of experience as a director at St. Thomas More School to the task of leading and developing Act One Act Now.


The emphasis is on performance at Act One Act Now.  In the fall and spring semesters, students rehearse for 12 two-hour sessions prior to their performances.  Two performances are scheduled on stages in schools and retirement communities in the triangle area, giving families ample opportunities to see their young actors displaying their talent.


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Joining Act One Act Now this fall as a teacher and director is Avery Ecker.  Avery is a recent graduate of Elon University, where she earned a B.A. in Theatre Studies and a B.S. in Business Administration. She has directed 25 children’s shows back in her home state of Maine, as well as acted in both professional and community theater.

Act One Act Now’s performance venues have included the Forest Theater at UNC, The Masonic Children’s Home, Croasdaile Village, Carol Woods, and Carolina Meadows Retirement Community, St. Thomas More School, the amphitheater in Southern Village, and The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

Contact John Paul by calling 919-370-6140, or by emailing act1actnow@gmail.com


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