OUR Staff


Matt Fernandez,
Executive Director

Matt has been with ACT since 1992 performing in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Honk!, and The Foreigner. Matt’s directing with ACT has included Paul Sambol’s Reach Out and Touch Someone, Bus Stop (2004) and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill. Matt has trained young actors for Clark Middle School, The Boys and Girls Club, McLaughlin Youth Center, Broadway Kidz, Alaska Fine Arts Academy, New Direction Resource Center, Hope Community Resource, and the Daniel Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Matt has also personally coached teens for statewide acting competitions in Georgia. Matt is a former member of Scared Scriptless Improv Troupe and LA Connection Comedy Club. Matt has performed in over 80 shows in 23 states.


Colby Bleicher,
Associate Director

Colby was born in Anchorage, graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and returned home to combine her passion for making theatre with her love for the community that raised her. Colby has directed I Hate Hamlet and Blithe Spirit at ACT, and has directed and appeared in productions with TBA Theatre, Cyrano's Theatre Company, and Blue Chair Productions, which she founded in 2016. Colby believes theatre, besides being a lot of fun, is a powerful tool which can be used to educate, solve problems, form bonds, heal trauma, affect social change, and strengthen communities.


Farrah Greene-Palmer, Ph.D,
office administrator

Farrah has enjoyed giving back to her community in research, teaching, and public health positions and is thrilled to contribute to ACT’s mission of building community through theatre. With her background in mental health and suicide prevention, she is aware of the importance of community connectedness in building resilience and promoting mental well-being. She has performed in several ACT shows, most recently Silver Thaw, as well as other performances in Anchorage including The Overnighters, the One-Minute Play Festival, and Serial Bowl. She's always happy to chat about ACT and theatre with you!


Our Board of Directors


Kathy J. Fernandez, President
Mike Zoske, Vice President
Rachael Middleton, Treasurer
Dr. Brian Saylor, Secretary


Linda Benson
Carl Bright
Douglas Causey
David Fritz
Jana Lage
Cathleen Nelson McLaughlin
Joel Neimeyer
Krista M. Schwarting
Cristy Allyn Willer