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CET co-founder Alan Gardner, RIP

img_0025Glenn Alan Gardner, 48, died at his home on October 27, 2016, after an extended illness. The memorial service will be held at St. Stephens Episcopal Church on Sunday, November 6th at 2pm. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Francie, and their four sons: McNeill, Stuart, Hamilton, and Walker.

Alan graduated from Berry High School in 1986 and attended college at UAB. He earned a MFA in acting from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. He and his wife moved to Atlanta after graduating. In 1995, they moved to Los Angeles to pursue their careers in acting but returned to Alabama to raise their family.

Alan was a well-known actor and director in the Birmingham area. He and his wife founded South City Theater, which has been a fixture in the Alabaster-Pelham area for over 15 years. He was also the co-founder of City Equity Theater in Birmingham. Mr. G taught theater for 17 years, most recently at Vestavia Hills High School and The Alabama School of Fine Arts. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the UAB Department of Theatre, 574 Heritage Hall, 1720 Second Avenue S., Birmingham, Al. 35294-1150.

News, Videos

Trailer: The Seafarer

Directed by Alan and Francie Gardner. Presented by City Equity Theatre and Birmingham Festival Theatre. Featuring Drew Tombrello, Patrick Ian McCall, Judd McCluney, Edwin Booth, and Bates Redwine. Thurs-Sun through 12/22 at Birmingham Festival Theatre. Videography by Marty Higginbotham.

News, Reviews

5 out of 5 stars for The Seafarer!


Patrick Ian McCall (Sharky), Judd McCluney (Richard), Edwin Booth (Ivan), Bates Redwine (Nicky), Drew Tombrello (Mr. Lockhart). Photo by Lou Dina.

It’s a great showcase for the right ensemble of actors, and the quintet that co-directors Alan and Francie Gardner has gathered together doesn’t disappoint. In fact, they flourish.

Read the rest of Alec Harvey’s review here on