We’re a Successful Community Theater Looking to Create Lasting Impact
The funds we raise will enable ASH Theater to take a critical growth step toward becoming a permanent resource to Roxborough, PA and surrounding communities. We have performed over 10 shows over the last five years as an non-profit Theater Company, and for five years before that as an independent production group. Our level of professionalism in talent development and performance arts amongst youth and adult cast performances is unlike any local community theater you will find.
Now, we have grown to the point where we need our own space. We’re looking to push the boundaries of community theater beyond just a rehearsal and production schedule for individual shows. We are building a year-round curriculum that creates opportunities to connect with local artists and develops and sharpens performing arts skills for both youth and adults.
Our New Space
We plan to renovate and open a studio space in Roxborough, PA that will give our community theater a central space to hold all of our activities, strengthening our community bond and our core value of teamwork. The space will include a rehearsal studio, set building room, costume room and a music room. These are all key components of our community theater, and currently the logistics of costumes in storage spaces, scheduling various rehearsal locations, and transporting specialty equipment all cut down on the time we’re able to spend doing the thing we love, creating art.
ASH Theater Company originally started as ASH Productions at a local Roxborough Church in 2009. It was founded by cousins, Anthony and Sabrina Hillanbrand, with the simple goal of providing a space for local youth to put on a show in front of a live audience. After its success, the duo created ASH Theater Company in 2014, a non-profit that is dedicated to the performing arts. In 2015, the group moved all performances to Venice Island in Manayunk and continued to rehearse at local churches. In 2016, ASH expanded their community reach by producing their production with all adult performers. The success of the production led the group to create programs that would provide theater experiences for all ages.
In 2019, the team developed the Junior Theater Program. The main goal of this program was to provide both an educational opportunity to local youth while also working on a production. The growth and success of the program supports the group’s need to search for their own space to continually develop theatre programs for the local Philadelphia community.