Artistic Visions Ignite at A.C.T.'s Sky Festival

By A.C.T. Publications Staff

M.F.A. Program Actors  Akilah A. Walker and Adrianna Mitchel
in Topdog/Underdog. A.C.T. Sky Festival 2017. Photo by Jay Yamada.
Last week, the studios of 30 Grant were a hive of activity, as the Master of Fine Arts Program actors strutted their stuff during A.C.T.’s Sky Festival. In just four short days, they proved that you only need a good text and great actors to make a magical piece of theater.

This year’s festival was a melting pot of artistic visions. American plays from such stalwarts as Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, John Patrick Shanley, and Suzan-Lori Parks were performed next door to classics like Faustus and Tartuffe and newly devised one-man shows, written by the M.F.A. Program actors.

Sky Festival is a unique event in A.C.T.’s calendar. It is one of the few times where you can see actors perform so close to you that they are almost in your lap, where you can see Conservatory Director Melissa Smith act alongside first-year M.F.A. Program actors, and where you can see students try their hand at directing alongside their teachers.

Here are some pictures from some of this year’s great shows.

M.F.A. Program Actors Narea Kang and Rivka Borek
in Doubt: A Parable. A.C.T. Sky Festival 2017. Photo by Jay Yamada.
M.F.A. Program Actors Leonard Thomas, Peter Fanone, Thom Beau, Patrick Andrew Jones, 
Stephen Wattrus, Charlie O'Rourke, Justin Genna, Carlos Andrickson, and Julie Adamo
in We Sold Rome! A.C.T. Sky Festival 2017. Photo by Jay Yamada.
M.F.A. Program Actor Jerrie Johnson in The Crooked Room.
A.C.T. Sky Festival 2017. Photo by Jay Yamada.
 Congrats to everyone for a terrific Sky Festival!

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