What exactly is Acting Against Cancer? Is it a charity or a theatre company?
It’s both! We are a nonprofit theatre company dedicated to performing theatrical productions to raise money for pediatric cancer research and treatment. We work to encourage art therapy in particular as a modality of cancer treatment, and we are currently in a partnership with the cancer center at Kosair Children’s Hospital. We’ve actually pledged $100,000 to its art therapy program!

So in addition to raising funds and awareness, you perform shows around town?
Yes. We perform three-show seasons in different venues around Louisville. Our shows tend to be more adult-oriented, but we definitely throw some family-friendly stuff in sometimes. Like our upcoming season has Green Day’s “American Idiot” but also the musical “The Addams Family.” We try to provide something for every theatre goer.

collaboract-do502adTell us about “collaborACT!” What is it?
At its heart, “collaborACT!” is a celebration of collaboration. But on the surface, it’s a massive party and concert in the lobby of The Kentucky Center. It’s on Friday, June 26, and it’s going to be a truly spectacular night. You walk in, and immediately, you’re surrounded by incredible hors d’oeuvres, an open wine and beer bar, representatives from different Louisville arts organizations and a silent auction with items like a stay at Lake Tahoe. We’re also going to have an AACpack station, where guests can create customized goody bags that we will deliver to cancer patients in the hospital.

So that’s the pre-show. What’s the main event?
That’s the best part! The centerpiece of “collaborACT!” is a musical theatre concert featuring some of the best theatre companies of Louisville. Tom Dunbar is the emcee, so he’ll be hosting this incredible show that will have performances by us, Theatre [502], StageOne Family Theatre, CenterStage and Pandora Productions.

What kind of songs can we expect to see?
We’re performing songs from a few shows we’ve done and a couple from some we will do. We have songs from “Spring Awakening,” “RENT,” “American Idiot” and more. Then the other companies will be bringing selections from The Who’s “Tommy,” “Passion” and a couple others.

So it’s really a night for theatre lovers.
Absolutely, but it’s also a night for everyone! After the concert, which is absolutely family-friendly, we’ve got live music and dancing back in the lobby, plus some tasty treats from SnoWhat Louisville, which offers incredible gourmet snow cones. And the best part is it’s all for a really amazing cause. One hundred percent of the profits from “collaborACT!” will go toward the funding and sustaining of Kosair Children’s Hospital art therapy program for cancer patients.

And how much are tickets?
Tickets cost $65 for the full experience, which I think is a steal! Dinner, drinks and a show? Sign me up. However, we also do have a $30 limited experience ticket with just the show and after party and no open bar. Whichever you choose though, you can bet you will have a truly amazing time at what is sure to be one of the most memorable nights of the summer.

Tickets for “collaborACT!” and more information about the event are  available by visiting or by calling 502.593.1095.