Giving a voice to the voiceless

UNDERGROUND is Avenue Arts Theatre's staged reading company that is committed to showcasing new works from all across the country by bringing them to our stage in  Canton, Ohio. Underground upholds Avenue Arts Theatre’s mission of providing a voice to the voiceless and serving the community through creative outlets. UNDERGROUND is led by Producing Artistic Director, David Lee and Company Manager, Emily Hisey and is comprised of 14 local actors that are determined to tell the stories that individuals around the world need to hear. 

Tickets & Admission

Tickets for UNDERGROUND productions can be purchased following the performance on a donation basis. Yes, you read that correctly. Enjoy a night of theatre on us, but please consider providing a donation on your way out the door to help us continue to provide programming such as this for our community!

2020 Season 

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Be Yourself
by Daniel Guyton

Three teenagers struggle with their own self-image and self-worth. Everyone tells them to "be themselves", but neither of them can really figure out what that means. Intended for high school or older audiences.

January 31st, 2020 at 8pm

The Strangest of All Rooms
by Emily Hageman

Hailey's father is broken, and she is ashamed of him. She must decide if she can love him for everything he is--even his strangest of all rooms.

April 24th, 2020 at 8pm

Variations on a Theme
by James Caputo

Variations of the power of love. Each begins with a meeting of two people at a challenging time of their life. From the affluent to the indigent, they meet in restaurants, back alleys and funeral parlors. And as in life, each couple has their own story to tell. Two middle-aged people connect despite technology. Two intergenerational women connect to transit a rite of passage. A marriage strains its weathered connections. A homeless couple are connected by the stars and a love of literature.

July 31st, 2020 at 8pm

Green Bean Casserole
by Cassidy Tilden

Sophie Kellogg is hosting Thanksgiving for the first time with the intention of introducing her family to her fiancé, Luke. However, after a quick panic, Sophie convinces her roommate, Mary, to help her hide her engagement. Between mistaken relationships, unexpected guests and a kitchen fire, it’ll be a miracle if Thanksgiving turns out alright.

October 23rd, 2020

Company Members

Courageous artists bringing stories to life

Abby Ruffier

Aden Graves

Alison Foutz

Brad Vincent

Cheryl Foutz

Denise Young-Robb

Emily Weiss

Keenan Carosielli

Manuel Halkias

Mark Dillard

Patrick Downing

Racquel Dillard

Rhonda Brode

Zen Davis




207 6th St NW Canton, Ohio 44702 

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