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
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.
 

David Matthews-Morgan

Vice President/Webmaster
David Matthews-Morgan was elected as F.A.C.T. Vice President in June 2017. 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.
 

Jackie Bischoff

Treasurer

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.

 

Cher Schmidt

Member-at-Large
Cher Schmidt has over 30 years experience in musical theatre and voice performance and has been a part of ACT productions since 2009. In 2011, she began serving as a board member of FACT. Cher has been a studio session singer as well as a voice actor for many years and has directed and taught drama and script writing in local summer theatre camps. In addition to Athens Creative Theatre, Cher has performed with Rose of Athens Theatre, Town & Gown Players, Brightstone Productions, and Savannah River Productions.
 

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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