The Alternative Comedy Theater, founded in 2008, performs improvised comedic theater on both local and national stages. The ACT loves providing laughter in a variety of ways through on-stage performances, back stage corporate workshops, or in-house classes. Check out your favorites troupes, or see what one of our rotating shows has to offer. Talk to us about bringing us to the office for team-building.  We want to share our brand of honest improv with you in fun new ways!

The Band Wreckers: “Well-developed characters, fun quips, great linking of elements and surprising depth..”
Amy Martin at Theater Jones

“The minute someone points at an actor and commands “Go!,” senses become heightened, adrenaline flows, nerves stand on end…and that’s just the audience’s reaction. Imagine how the actors must feel.”
Plano Profile Magazine

Trajectory Adjacent: ” …tearing through a handful of scenes involving Joe and Joanne Sr. and Joanne Jr. and a stolen éclair recipe and a 5’10” sous chef that got better as it progressed. Ultimately, Rosie and Liz were seamlessly switching between each other’s characters, drawing bigger laughs each time.”
Jason Philyaw at Theater Jones

“The Alternative Comedy Theater’s own The Victims have been playing together for a decade now, and their cohesion and camaraderie made for plenty of laughs at their show Friday.”
Jason Philyaw at Theater Jones

Fear, however, never completely disappears for the improv artist. “It’s exciting and terrifying, and artistically, it’s like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute,” says Rawley, a Dallas actor who performed in the Victims Improv Comedy Hour at the Out of the Loop Fringe Festival at WaterTower Theatre. “We are drawn to the danger of it.” – Nancy Churnin for Dallas Morning News

“The group is electrified by actor Jeff Swearingen’s fearless willingness to do absolutely anything, while being stabilized by John Rawley’s talent at pulling a plot out of nothing.”
Theater Jones

“These guys are exciting to watch and will have you rolling on the floor!”
LIT Monthly

“Absolutely hilarious…”
The Vanguard

“The Alternative Comedy Theater, with its specialized mission is holding up its end as one branch of what is the dynamic theatre community of North Texas.”

“The Victims is a DallasTreasure.”
Digital City

“… the veteran Victims crafted cohesion, keeping the audience engaged and entertained by their togetherness.”

Fundraiser Event in Mexia, TX November 2009
“Just wanted to thank you and the other Alternative Comedy Theater troupe members again for making our Improv: Live in the Library such a success.  Your willingness to travel to Mexia and do two extraordinary shows in our library allowed us to donate over $300 to the Teen Book Drop Program.  The folks in attendance talked about your performances for days!  I look forward to working with you and the Alternative Comedy Theater again!”
Kathy Morgan – Librarian