A/C Theatre Company is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that produces alternative/commercial theatre focusing on contemporary stage musicals underrepresented in Phoenix. A/CTC presents accessibly cool theatre to connect both mainstream and progressive audiences, fostering the exchange of collaborative energy between artists and the community. 

The A/C can stand for whatever you want it to stand for but for us, it stands for Accessibly Cool, Alternative Commercial, Artistically Collaborative, and of course, given our location in the heart of the desert, Air Conditioned theatre.



KimRGallery-17.jpgKIM RICHARD – Artistic Director

Kim is a founding board member of A/CTC and has served as Artistic Director since 2015. She has had a passion for the arts since childhood and has performed on many Valley stages. Kim has a Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal Communication and a post baccalaureate certificate in nonprofit leadership and management from Arizona State University. She has worked in nonprofit management since 2010 and has served the community through several nonprofit committees. Kim is a proud native of Phoenix, and she strives to help make Phoenix a sustainable destination for theatre artists and patrons alike.






THOMAS STRAWSER – Director of Business Operations

Thomas, A/CTC founding board member and Operations Director, moved to Arizona in 2011 and has since been involved in productions with Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Nearly Naked Theatre, Arizona Opera Outreach, and ASU’s Lyric Opera Theatre and School of Theatre and Film. He holds a Master of Music in Musical Theatre/Opera Performance from Arizona State University and a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Tommy is an avid advocate for artists in all mediums.





TIM SHAWVER– Director of Artistic Operations

Tim, founding board member and Production Director at A/CTC, is a second-generation Phoenix native and has appeared in over 100 valley productions with companies such as Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Broadway Theatre, Theater League, Southwest Shakespeare Company, Stray Cat Theatre, and Nearly Naked Theatre. He has a Bachelor’s of Art in Theatre from ASU.