119 Center Street
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
The Academy Theatre is the oldest professional theatre in Georgia. Founded in 1956 by Frank Wittow, a 25 year old Army veteran with a degree in psychology, the Academy began its life as the Southeastern Academy of Theatre and Music, Inc., and soon housed both a resident company dedicated to bringing the best of classical and contemporary work to Atlanta audiences and a School of Performing Arts.
The Academy pioneered a number of developments in Atlanta's professional theatre community which were:
It was the first professional theatre in the South to be integrated.
It premiered the First Southeastern Shakespeare Festival (1960).
In the late '60s and early '70s, it broke new ground with its educational theatre programs.
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