Allentown Public Theatre is dedicated to empowering our diverse communities through the performing arts.  They expand opportunities for cultural participation and education in theatre, and create works that address contemporary issues.


A 501(c)3 nonprofit theatre company since 2009, Allentown Public Theatre has brought annual summer children's programming to downtown Allentown since 2013, and has operated the after-school program Page to Stage in Allentown schools since 2012

Anna Russell has been Allentown Public Theatre's Artistic Director since 2015. A graduate of Haverford College with a Theater major from Swarthmore College, Russell first came to the Lehigh Valley to work with Touchstone Theatre and now works with Mock Turtle Marionette Theater. During her time here, she has taught in almost a dozen different theater education programs across the Valley and is proud to add South Side Children's Festival to that list.