American Coast Theater Company

Time in Greater Orange County:

        13 years


        Costa Mesa


       55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


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What's your mission?

American Coast Theater Company is committed to producing professional theatre with artistic excellence and high production value. They are committed to producing works that may inspire hope or self-reflection through the eyes of the characters that struggle with their own humanity. Their goal is to produce works from the American and international dramatic canon.

Is there a story behind American Coast Theater Company's name?

We wanted to become known as the "other" theatre in Costa Mesa, and it almost started off as a name in jest. The name stuck, and it still evokes a sense of irony. There will be a name change soon due to the fact that American Coast is really a misnomer.

What kind of productions could we expect from your organization?

Innovative works that inspire hope for humanity.

What's your origin story?

A collaboration between two professional partners, Amick Byram and Susan K. Berkompas, working to establish an entity that bridges the gap between educational and professional theatre, providing internship opportunities for Vanguard University Theatre Arts' majors.

How is your organization different today?

Amick Byram has since left the organization, and we now produce two productions in the summer and one annual Christmas cabaret in the winter, as well as two youth camps.

Outside of your main productions, do you offer other programs for the community?

Each July American Coast Children's Theatre offers two youth theatre camps educating over 100 young artists between the ages of 7-17.

What surprises you the most about producing theatre in your community?

It's always surprising to see how much talent we have hidden just within our backyard. It is still surprising how conservative our audiences are even though South Orange County has been designated as a mostly liberal county.

What is the American Coast Theatre Company's short and long term goals?

Short term goals: to acquire another theater building in San Juan Capistrano.

Long term goal: to become a full season Equity playhouse.

How would people get more involved in your organization?

Visit our website and click the "Get Involved" tab for more info. We welcome volunteer ushers for all productions.

Name one last thing you want people to know about American Coast Theatre Company.

Our goal is to train Vanguard Theatre majors well, so that they are ready to take the professional stage after graduation by allowing ACTC to bridge the gap between educational and high-end professional theatre.