13th August
written by Nalin

This website is a restoration of the blog used by AVT from its inception to a change in leadership in August of 2012. It is preserved for the purposes of record keeping and memories. The present company maintains a Facebook Page for updating the community about its current endeavors.

14th January
written by Nalin

Following adoption of a new Operational Plan, the AVT membership has elected Jonathan Janssen as Artistic Director, Claudia Herrera as Technical Materials Director, and Nikki L. Martin as Operations Director for the 2012 Season. Nalin Ratnayake has stepped down as Producing Director, and the position formally dissolved. Nalin will remain CEO of the company until the new directors elect an incoming CEO for the 2012 Season. Congratulations to those elected!

3rd December
written by Nalin

At a company meeting December 1st, AVT members unanimously approved a new charter for the company. The Op Plan was was formulated from scratch at a meeting November 18th, where the members present defined a new company structure from the ground up as they would wish it to be. The result is a very member-driven model, in which members themselves assume direct, shared responsibility for company governance and operation, in exchange for member control over almost the entire artistic character of the company, including selection of a season and the roles of producer.

[Link to AVT Operational Plan v5.1]

The new Op Plan is in keeping with our founding principles, most notably that we are a community-driven community theatre company – of, by, and for our local neighborhoods.

AVT will use the month of December to internally effect a transition between membership definitions. Those on the list below are either presently members or eligible for membership under the old rules, and may opt-in to the new membership rules immediately if desired. Candidates for new membership, under the new rules only, will be considered starting January 1st, 2012. Membership will lapse for all current members who have not opted in to the new rules by Jan 1.

Sarah Allen
Sarah Arnac
Dean Berg
Sarah Bialobroda
Nicelle Davis
Anna Delrosario
M. Steven Felty
Jeremy Gruca
Joe Gruca
Karen Gruca
Mathew Gruca
Jessie Hassan
Claudia Y. Herrera
Kevin J. Hogan
Jessica Katzman
Juliana Katzman
Pavlina Janssen
Juan Juarez
Melissa Martin
Nikki Martin
Kara McCollum
Marcus McCollum
Phillip E. McKaughan
Stevelon Mims
Derric Neal
Lucas Nemeth
Will Nicolai
Nalin A. Ratnayake
Kelly Lynn Regan
Missy Schaapman

1st September
written by Nalin

Kara McCollum as Pulcheria Raskolnikov in Crime and Punishment.

AVT member Kara McCollum has tendered her resignation today as AVT’s Artistic Director in preparation for her family’s move to Washington state at the end of the month. Kara has been an integral part of every AVT production since the first play in our first season as a company. Whether it was on the stage (in Crime and Punishment and Crossings), behind the scenes for every other production as AVT’s aesthetic designer-in-chief, or spearheading our community outreach and fundraising, Kara has given so much to help make AVT into the growing company it is today.

AVT member Marcus McCollum appeared as Captain John Montresor of HRM Expeditionary Forces in AVT’s September 2010 production of The Interrogation of Nathan Hale. Marcus’ performance as the brooding, darkly inquisitive British officer helped to earn AVT stellar reviews for the production.

From the review “Thespians Spite Skeptics with Stunning ‘Interrogation’ “ by Lisa Wolf in the September 24th, 2010 issue of Showcase in the Antelope Valley Press:

Marcus McCollum as Captain John Montresor in The Interrogation of Nathan Hale.

[Marcus] McCollum is an excellent actor, portraying Montresor’s wide range of erratic emotions without faltering. Each word and movement, from his British accent to his posture, engulfs the audience’s attention, completely transforming the theater into an 18th century war zone. McCollum creates tension and then relieves it instantly with a subtle change in his expression and tone.

The McCollums’ eldest daughter, Olivia, also has ties to our company. In 2010, AVT was Olivia’s sponsor in the Little Miss Leona Valley Gymkhana Queen pageant… which she won!

The McCollums will be sorely missed, and we all wish them the very best on this new stage of their lives!

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13th July
written by Nalin

AVT member Nikki Martin has been confirmed by the present AVT Directors as he company’s new Operations Director. Nikki succeeds Kate Scoggin, whom we all wish well as she pursues new career opportunities in the Washington, D.C. area. Nikki will be AVT’s new company manager; her scope includes maintaining and filing our financial and legal matters, overseeing and planning the company budget, seeking new sources of support and savings, and keeping all company records.

We welcome Nikki to her new position, and thank her for her dedication to AVT!

3rd May
written by Nalin

Patron Preview Night for our upcoming production of THE AMERICAN CENTURY is tonight!

This is where we invite our donors in to view a full run-through rehearsal, giving them a chance to preview the production and be a part of the creative process by providing feedback and ideas. There is no charge, and wine and coffee will be provided.

This event is for 2011 Patrons of AVT and company members only. Want to find out more? Check out the Four Best Ways to Support AVT for how you can become a part of our work.

25th March
written by Nalin

AVT invites local and regional playwrights of all experience levels to join us at a concept workshop next Thursday, March 31st from 6pm to 8pm at Sagebrush Cafe in Quartz Hill. Directors and company members will be on hand to discuss your works in progress or questions you may have regarding your scripts or ideas.

This is a concept workshop intended for early-stage or planned works. Please come prepared with a summary of plot, themes, characters, etc if possible.

This is also a great launching point for ScriptFrenzy! in the month of April, if you will be participating in that.

Please see our Playwrights Page for more information about how we work with local writers. For any further questions, please contact

Hope to see you there!

18th March
written by Nalin

A web permissions error in our subscriber signup form that caused it to redirect to a login page has been corrected. The form is now active and functional. If you received an email confirmation of your subscription, it is valid and in our system. Apologies for the inconvenience!

10th March
written by Nalin

This weekend, from 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, Quartz Hill hosts it’s annual Almond Blossom Festival. Join us as we help celebrate our hometown’s heritage with arts, crafts, live music, food, and fun!  AVT will be in the parade (along 50th St. W in Quartz Hill) Saturday morning, and have a booth in George Lane Park (55th W and Ave. L-8) both days. We will have our makeup design staff on hand for exceptional face painting fit for any budding young actor or actress!  Check out our Oliva McCollum, former (AVT-sponsored) Little Miss Leona Valley Gymkhana Queen:

And that’s just one example of the magic our makeup artists can create. Be sure to stop by our booth for face-painting, and to learn about our season, patronage, subscription, playwright opportunities, and membership in the company.

19th February
written by Nalin

One of the main goals of AVT is to produce original work by playwrights local to Quartz Hill and the Antelope Valley. Seeing your play undergo the production process gives you a great insight into how your script might be interpreted by a director and actors.

This season, we will be bringing to the stage our first production written by a local playwright, HUNGER FOR PARADISE. Check out our 2011 Season for more information.

If you are a local playwright looking to write for the stage, please join us Saturday, February 26th at 1pm at Sagebrush Cafe in Quartz Hill.  AVT will hold a Writer’s Briefing to describe the nature of our company and to discuss upcoming events with local writers.  We will also have our directors available for Q&A on what we are looking for and why.

You can find out more information about how we work with playwrights on our Playwrights page.

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