Calling all volunteers!

ASGT is a community theatre led by volunteers. With no paid staff, we rely on support from our patrons, donors, and hundreds of volunteers each summer. All of our actors, technicians, crew, ushers, ticket office staff, and Board members are volunteers, and most are based in our local community.

New and returning volunteers are encouraged to reach out so we can find a place for you at ASGT this summer! No experience is required…just a good attitude!

To get started, visit the Volunteer Opportunities page to learn more, or fill out our Volunteer Form to express your interest. Someone will be in touch shortly.

And mark your calendars for these important dates:

Volunteer & Tech Open House
Thursday, April 20 at 7pm
Join us at the theatre for our annual Open House. Stop by to meet ASGT Volunteer Director Brian Shatt and the rest of the theatre’s Board, and learn the many ways you can support ASGT while making friends and having fun. All are welcome! Click here to view or share the Facebook event.

Pre-Season Cleanup Day
Saturday, May 6 at 11am
Join us at the theatre to help clean and organize the theatre lobby, garden, backstage area, dressing rooms, attic, and stage/seating area to get ready for the 2017 season. Snacks will be provided. Bring work gloves…and a friend! Click here to view or share the Facebook event.

2017 Directors Announced!

We’re thrilled to announce our 2017 show directors:

  • Clare Shaffer—Sister Act
  • Mason Catharini—The Full Monty
  • Darnell Patrick Morris—In The Heights

Clare Shaffer

Clare Shaffer is a professional director based in Washington, DC who works across genres and specializes in new play/musical development. She is the Associate Producer and Casting Director for Nu Sass Productions and Pallas Theatre Collective, and has had the pleasure of working with companies including Olney Theatre Center, Theater J, Mosaic, Monumental, and The Arlington Players. Favorite credits include Avenue Q, The Rocky Horror Show, Venus in Fur, and Man of La Mancha. Clare earned her B.A. in Dramatic Arts and Communications from UNC Chapel Hill, and studied directing at Trinity College Dublin.

For more about Clare, visit her website. For more about Sister Act, click here.


Mason Catharini is an actor, director, and founder of the AF Theatre Company at UMBC. A Maryland native and recent graduate of UMBC, he has performed extensively in the Baltimore area with Spotlighter’s Theatre, and recently understudied for Adventure Theatre’s production of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp. Recent directing credits include RENT for the 50thanniversary season of Wildwood Summer Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland.

For more about The Full Monty, click here.

Darnell Patrick Morris

ASGT audiences will remember Darnell Patrick Morris as the director of …Spelling Bee (2010), Hairspray (2011), Avenue Q (2012), and Into the Woods (2013). He has been a director, choreographer, and theatre educator in the Washington, DC area for the past decade and recently founded Ovations Theatre, the DC-metro area’s newest musical theatre education and performance program for young people. His students have appeared on Broadway and on many local professional stages including Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Olney Theatre Centre, Woolly Mammoth, and Summer Dinner Theatre. His past productions haven been honored with many awards, including the City Paper’s Best of Baltimore (Best Musical 2015: Caroline or Change at Stillpointe Theatre Initiative); Ruby Griffith Awards (Outstanding Achievement in a Musical 2013: Avenue Q at ASGT, and others); the WATCH Award (Outstanding Musical 2013: Ragtime at Kensington Arts Theatre), and Washington DC Awards (Best Community Theatre Production of a Musical 2013: Ragtime).

For more about In The Heights, click here.

ASGT welcomes five new Board members

ASGT is thrilled to welcome five new people to the Board of Directors! On October 18th, 2016 the following individuals were elected to serve two-year terms:

  • Ashley Gladden, Public Relations Director;
  • Athena Blackwood, Secretary;
  • Brian Shatt, Volunteer Director;
  • Debbie Funkhouser, Box Office Director.

And on November 15, 2016 we welcomed a fifth new Board member for a two-year term:

  • Cindy Garmoe, Development Director

We also congratulate Melody Volkman on her transition from Volunteer Director to a new role—Production Director. And we’re very happy to enjoy the continued service of Board President Carolyn Kirby and Tech Director Scott McCormick for another term.

Sadly, we’re also saying au revoir to some very good friends. We thank the following individuals for their many years of dedicated service to ASGT:

  • Dan Caughran, formerly Co-Tech Director
  • Nancy Janelle, formerly Box Office, Volunteer, and much, much more
  • Tom Antonielli, formerly Public Relations

Would you like to get more involved with ASGT? We’d welcome your attendance at a Board meeting or service on a Board committee! Click here to explore our standing committees or to contact a specific Board member. Visit our Calendar of Events for upcoming Board meeting dates and locations.