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January 23, 2023


In-Classroom theatre education program to see transformational growth due to generous gift from Cincinnati couple.

American Legacy Theatre (ALT) is now on a trajectory to serve twelve times the number of students each year thanks to the five-year pledged gift from Tom and M.C. Brennan to expand access to theatre arts education through ALT’s In Classroom work. Tom and MC Brennan have pledged a generous 5-year gift to help expand access to theatre arts education for students in the greater Cincinnati region.  

American Legacy Theatre (ALT) is a theatre for social change aspiring for a day when every American has access to the empathy-building art form of theatre and has a respected voice “in the room where it happens.”  We work toward our vision by generating inviting, reimagined theatrical experiences for people to have a voice in enriching society.  

Since 2018, the flagship program Students Create Change has worked In Classrooms to give students the platform to voice their ideas about the social issues they care about most. 

Students Create Change has given students (PreK-12) the training and support they need to write, design, and act in their own original production, giving the larger society the opportunity to learn how we might create the future they hope to inherit. Upon completion of the program, students perform their world premiere for friends, family, and guests in their own community.

Students Create Change and other programming In Classrooms develops the whole child for life-long success through theatre arts. 

“This gift is truly transformational!"  says Executive Artistic Director & CEO Matthew David Gellin.



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June 27, 2021

Matthew David Gellin, 36, is producing artistic director of the American Legacy Theatre. ... READ MORE

Sept. 15, 2020

Check out Producing Artistic Director Matthew David Gellin’s recent interview with Stephen Baum at Cincinnati Public Radio about our mission and what makes American Legacy Theatre unique within the larger theatre landscape.

Cincinnati Spotlight Intermission90.9 Cincinnati Public Radio
00:00 / 03:07
Aug. 12, 2020

American Legacy Theatre partners with Camden Village Council to present a Summer Festival

Camden Village Council agreed to partner with a local theatre to organize a “family-friendly summer festival”.... READ MORE

Oct. 30, 2018

Transit Theatre Takes Over the Streetcar This Weekend for Experimental Performances

Take the streetcar and get a dose of theatrics.

The experimental Transit Theatre project brings the theater directly to the public via the venue of the Cincinnati streetcar. And hey, you can ride for free during three different four-hour theater sessions.

Stay for the full four-hour, 10-scene revue or hop on and off. Backed by local philanthropic lab People’s Liberty, join Matthew David Gellin — the founder of American Legacy Theatre — and view these sketches that explore social issues. This round’s theme? Gentrification. 

4-8 p.m. Saturday and 4-8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10. Free. Cincinnati Streetcar, Downtown and Over-the-Rhine,


May 18, 2018

The theater is coming to a streetcar near you.

You read that right.

A proposal to stage 10 theatrical performances on the Cincinnati Bell Connector won a $10,000 People's Liberty grant Friday morning, along with five other ideas. READ MORE

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