About Us / MISSION & HISTORY


Mission

The Actors' NET of Bucks County was founded in 1996 as an actor-driven, not-for-profit regional theatre company -- run by actors, for actors. We strive to attract the Delaware Valley's best non-union talent to work and grow together to meet the challenges of a diverse repertoire.

Productions range from modern classics and musicals to Shakespeare and new and original works, each designed to encourage actors to enhance their skills and artistry while appealing to and expanding the theatrical tastes of audiences of all ages, incomes, and cultural backgrounds.

We further seek to celebrate the region's historical significance by presenting theatrical pieces which illuminate the issues and personalities that have helped shape our region, commonwealth and nation. Through staging quality shows and providing training to actors of all ages, we are committed to keeping alive the best traditions of the American theatre.

History

Since its founding in 1996 by Cheryl and Joe Doyle, a married couple whose acting credits nationwide span stage, radio, television and film, The NET has produced approximately a show a month-- from musical revues to Broadway musicals to classic American comedies to new dramas to Shakespeare and Ibsen.

Cheryl serves as the company's artistic director, Joe as general manager and playwright-in-residence. An active Board of Directors and numerous volunteers work hard to keep things running smoothly.

As resident theater company at the intimate 85-seat Heritage Center (which The NET's corps of volunteers converted from municipal garage into performance space), Actors' NET enjoys a unique partnership with the Borough of Morrisville. The theater attracts countless visitors to the borough throughout the year -- many of whom frequent local restaurants and other business establishments.

The NET also provides training for actors of all ages -- and since 1999 has been running a popular four-week musical theatre program for students ages 7 - 12 and 13 - 17. Called "Summer Stars," upon completion of the instruction in acting, singing and dance the students perform full length shows custom-written to ensure there are no bit roles and everyone has his and her opportunity to shine. Over the years, a number of these students have gone on to careers in the performing arts, including regional theatre, Broadway and into the music industry.