by Stella Shepard
ACT PEI is a community-based, not-for-profit association which fosters and encourages amateur theatre on PEI.
“ACT PEI has been in Charlottetown for 28 years and it is put together by a group of theater lovers,” says Umara Muhammad, UPEI representative for ACT PEI.
“We use our resources and connections to support individuals or groups in the performing arts on PEI. If you want to get into the theatre space or have an interest in putting on your own show but are not sure how to go about it, contact us and we will do our best to help you.”
ACT PEI is looking for theater production proposals. “If you have a production, regardless, if it is original work or well-known work, submit a production proposal to us to discuss your idea,” says Umara. To submit a proposal, visit www.actpei.com and fill out the application.
Volunteering provides the opportunity to develop transferable skills you can apply to a future career. “We are seeking actors, stage managers, directors, producers, set construction workers, and other traditional roles.
“Even if you don’t have any experience, we would love to see more people in these roles on PEI. In May of 2023, we are putting on a show called Noises Off. Closer to production time we will need extra hands to help with backstage and stage activities.”
“My role is up this term as I am graduating this May from UPEI,” says Umara. “In particular, ACT PEI is looking for a UPEI student representative for 2023-2024.
“This is a board representative position for one school year. You will be working independently most of the time. Even if you are not a theatre person, it’s a great opportunity to see how a not-for-profit operates and how board meetings work.
“You will learn about finance management, communication, and promotion, and see how decisions are made at a board level. And it looks good on your resumé to say you were a board member.”