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American Association of Community Theatre--Improving Communities One Theatre at a Time


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The American Association of Community Theatre provides networking, resources and support to suit the needs of all those involved in community theatre.

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  • Networking. AACT connects you online, on the phone, and in person to the network of people who share your passion, and understand your issues and needs, to provide you with the tools you need to succeed.

  • Festivals. As a member of AACT, you get to attend and participate in theatre festivals that let you see the best of the best in theatres across the country.

  • Advocacy. AACT members know what the issues are that face community theatres locally, regionally, and nationally.  AACT's strong membership creates a literal and figurative voice for you as policy is shaped. 

  • Validation. Our membership numbers represent the artistic and economic impact that theatre has on a community. As a member, your work and the work of your theatre is made clear to all.

  • Resources. AACT's website, newsletter, workshops and conferences help answer your questions and ensure your theatre's growth and development. AACT puts you in touch with others who share your challenges and can answer your questions, share resources and ideas that help save money, time and the environment.  These resources alone more than pay for your yearly membership.

  • AACT represents the interests of more than 7,000 theatres across the United States and its territories, as well as theatre companies with the armed forces overseas:

    • 7000 theatres strong

    • More than a 1.5 million volunteers

    • Over 46,000 productions per year

    • Entertaining an audience of 86 million people

    • A combined annual budget of well over $980 million


“What an amazing honor it has been to be part of the American Association of Community Theatre. It’s an organization filled with extraordinary people who are passionate about theatre.”
- Jill Patchin, Grand Rapids, MI 

  (Past President)

"My work with AACT, which began in the mid 1990s, was really an extension of my work in community and academic theatre, because I found that my theatre experience--when combined with my professional experience--could be useful to the national organization. AACT gave me a sense of the national--actually, international--scope of community theatre, which I've found particularly satisfying, because my efforts were in support of theatre on so many fronts." 
- Stephen Peithman, Founding Editor, Stage Directions Magazine 

  (Former Board Member & V.P. Public Relations)



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