About

Founded in 1980, the ART develops new talent, plays, audiences and ideas while also celebrating and revivifying the great plays of the past. The ART provides a safe place where people of all ages, genders, races, socio-economic backgrounds and beliefs can create unsafe theatre– thinking people’s theatre– theatre that transforms.

We continually respect, and challenge:

  • ourselves as actors, designers, artists and visionaries to achieve more,
  • our audiences as living, thinking and feeling human beings to engage more,
  • other local theaters and arts organizations to collaborate more,

…and by doing so, help nurture and develop Gainesville, Florida into the center of arts and culture in North Central Florida.

Both professional and amateur playwrights, designers, actors, and musicians have seen their craft realized. The ART provides opportunities for children, the elderly, the disabled, and minorities, and keeps its ticket prices low so that all members of the community can enjoy our programs.

A completely volunteer-run 501c3 organization, the Acrosstown provides a number of multicultural, socially relevant and alternative events. With dozens of events a year, something is always happening at the ART! Our mainstage shows range from topical drama to period piece to comedy, and our aim is to start a conversation and create theatre for thinking people.

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If you’d like to donate to our cause and help us keep the lights on, click here.

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