Positive Action Community Theatre
- serving those with disabilities through the arts -
PACT opened its doors as a community theatre serving the general public in May, 2008. Some of our first participants were children with autism spectrum disorder. The value they received from performing arts training in an inclusive setting was obvious and compelling. We decided to change the focus of our organization to one that primarily serves those with autism and other disabilities. We have worked since that time to bring them out of the isolation a disability so often creates, and into a creative community where they can develop their talents and share their gifts. We continue to be inspired by their creative genius and by their potential to make all of our lives better through their contributions.
Kathryn Campion, PACT's co-founder and Executive Director
Kathryn develops and oversees all PACT programs. She has 14 years experience in the non-profit arena, and previously served as Regional Director of the Joy of Sports Foundation, where she developed and directed programs that taught life skills through physical activity to over 1,000 local children a year.
Kathryn began performing classical piano at the age of seven, and has experienced first hand the power of the performing arts to enrich and empower one's life. She has written over 50 songs, and has recorded three albums of original music. In addition to directing PACT, Kathryn teaches piano to children and teens with and without disabilities.
A resident of Encinitas for over 30 years, Kathryn's goal is to help others reach their full potential through the performing arts. Her experience is that the original and enduring purpose of the arts is to heal.
William Simonson, PACT's co-founder and Board Chair, has been involved in well over 100 theatre and television productions as lead actor, director, and in all aspects of theatre.
William holds a B.S. in Language Arts/Theatre Arts, and once directed a deaf community in the production of a play which he wrote.
Wlliam believes that the only way to find true joy is through service, and so is giving back to the community by sharing his theatre experience with others.