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

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AACT festivals are part of a multi-year process that culminates in a national festival held in odd-numbered years. AACTFest provides an opportunity for community theatres from AACT's 10 regions to enter productions for adjudication and advancement from state to regional to national level. AACTFest is both a celebration of theatre and a learning experience for those who take part.

Photo: "Wiley and the Hairy Man," County Seat Theatre Company (Cloquet, MN)


AACTFest is the national theatre event that brings together the best community theatre productions from across the country, and the U.S. Armed Services here and abroad.

  • AACTFest 2015 will be held in Grand Rapids, MI, June 23-27, 2015

  • AACTFest 2013 was held in Carmel, Indiana, June 17- 23, 2013.  

National festivals are major events--over 600 people  participate, with performances of 12 productions, plus workshops and exhibitions. Awards are presented for outstanding work in performance, including production, acting, directing, lighting, sound, sets, costumes, and more. 


Festival Handbook

The Handbook is designed for those participating in the festival in an official capacity (festival host and performing companies).  The Handbook contains the forms and handouts used during a festival cycle. |details


How It All Began

The Birth of AACTFest: Reflections on the Festival of American Community Theatre, a reminiscence by Art Cole about the creation of the national theatre festival in the late 1960s.




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