About Us

What is FACT?

Friends of Athens Creative Theatre (FACT) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation established in 1978 to support Athens Creative Theatre (ACT), the theatrical program of Athens Clarke-County Leisure Services. FACT members help to provide ACT with financial assistance because ACT’s presence enriches the cultural experiences of our community.

How do I get involved?

FACT Members help by selling concessions, advertising, being involved with fundraisers and volunteering directly and indirectly with ACT programs through ushering, marketing and other auxiliary services.

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Our Board

Ralph Stephens

President/Interim Secretary
Ralph Stephens was elected as F.A.C.T. president in March 2017. A 50-year veteran of stage and screen with an M.F.A. in Theatre from UGA, Ralph has been involved with A.C.T. productions off and on since 1973, though mostly during the past 10 years. Semi-retired from careers in thefederal government and education, Ralph decided to become involved with the F.A.C.T. board through his work in the Morton Theatre box office. His previous experience includes stints on the Town & Gown, Athens Little Playhouse, Young Actors Studio and Children First boards of directors.

Tracey Massey

Vice President
Tracey has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia and is a child and family nutrition coordinator for the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. She got involved with ACT through her daughter, Mary Frances Massey (who attends Athens Academy), when she started performing. She has been a backstage mom and concessions manager for FACT. Tracey received the ACT Volunteer of the Year Award in 2016. She is a member of the Junior League of Athens Board, the Hope Haven Board, the Pi Beta Phi House Corporation and the Athens First United Methodist Church’s Mission Team. She is also a volunteer with Project Safe serving as a spokesperson for domestic violence.

Jackie Bischoff


Jackie Bishoff has been a FACT board member and the Treasurer since 2009. Her initial involvement with ACT Productions came through her child’s participation in multiple productions, both summer camp productions and mainstage. Jackie performed in a few productions through her relationship with ACT, including productions of Nunsense, The Odd Couple (Female Version) and Bull in a China Shop.


Laura Rupers

Laura Rupers moved to Georgia from Kentucky in 2007. She first became involved with Athens Creative Theatre through her daughter, Cubby. Soon, Laura jumped into ACT herself by volunteering in hair styling and makeup, creating cake pops and other themed concession treats, and performing alongside her daughters, Cubby and Bunny. A lifelong educator, Laura has taught band, music, chorus, writing, drama, and more. Laura’s need to create is like an itch; she “scratches” it by storytelling; writing; designing costumes; creating cookies, cakes, and other themed treats; and making music. The breast cancer survivor also loves Bible study, cooking, and her T.O.P.S. weight loss club. Laura and her husband, Dan, enjoy homeschooling their three children: Cubby, Tiger, and Bunny.

Lynn Renna

ACT has been a part of my family since 1989, when my children started participating in the drama workshops and ACT Productions. I was one of those moms who drove my children to rehearsals and sat for hours in the parking lot, waiting for rehearsals to end. My children couldn’t get enough of what was offered to them, so they continued to audition and got excited about when the next production would take place. I decided not to sit in the parking lot any longer but came in to see what I could do to help out and get involved. Eventually, I was hooked! I auditioned and participated in community theater and presently, I have acted in over 20 shows, been a FACT Board Member several times, and continue to appreciate the dedicated, hard working staff that has shared their love of theatre to so many others. It is never too late to get involved!

Tania Avolio

Tania is a local Physical Therapist who has lived in Athens for almost twenty years. She became involved with ACT when her youngest daughters were bitten by the acting bug. She enjoys supporting the Arts by helping to support the Artists and looks forward to all that the future of ACT has in store.

David Matthews-Morgan

David has been performing on stage for over 52 years and has been involved with A.C.T. productions since 1994. He served as F.A.C.T. President from 2006 to 2011. David has also performed with Town and Gown Players, Rose of Athens Theatre, Brightstone Productions and Alps Little Playhouse and sings with the Athens Master Chorale and the African American Choral Ensemble at UGA.

Terry Powell

Ex-Officio Member

T.A. Powell is the Program Specialist for Athens Creative Theatre and has been at the helm of this ACC government sponsored theatrical program for over a decade. Her background — as a published playwright, professional stage manager and director — speaks to her participation in the Athens theatre community for 20 years. This kind of valued tenure and leadership skills enables her to bring an excellence to even the children’s programs ACT presents each summer. As executive managing and artistic director, she has produced countless productions from main stage musicals to summer theatre performance camps. She achieved major state award status for innovative programming through the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association (GRPA) in several categories, including therapeutic for her Monologues and More for the Cognitively Challenged, TEEN ENCORE Theatre Practicum programs, as well as the Senior Reader’s Theatre Program for our older citizenry.

In addition to her status as a published playwright through Heuer Publishing LLC, she is also CEO of Brownstone Literary Works Publishing LLC, where she remains a featured blogger and novelist in both Historical Fiction and True Crime Investigation Memoirs genres. An avid participant within the field of investigative forensics, Powell finds her writing a natural extension of her passion for science, criminology and the paranormal. She is finishing her degree in Investigative Forensics through UMUC, working closely with both active and retired law enforcement along with psychic/medium detectives to unearth information and provide proper authorities with potential evidence to bring these cold cases to layman’s fruition. She has included Criminal Justice students involved in programs sponsored by Cold Case Investigative Research Institute (C.C.I.R.I.), a partnership between Auburn University Montgomery, Faulkner University and Bauder College.

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