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Cover of James Carver's bookCarver's Manual on Community Theatre Directing: A Step-by-Step Approach
$15.95  Available on Amazon.com

James Carver set out to write a "How To" book for those interested in directing at community theatres. He has succeeded in doing much more than writing a manual. He has written a Chautauqua, an anecdotal instruction book for all aspiring actors, directors, producers and managers in a witty and enlightening manner-and above all, a book for those who love the magic of community theatre, and are fascinated by what "goes on behind the scenes." Nor should the lessons of this manual be limited to community theatre. The principles so clearly enunciated apply to all theatre productions, certainly to theatre at the high school and college level; and neither should any professional director, no matter what may be his or her skills or level of achievement, be without this manual. The basics are presented in an unforgettable manner, and "why didn't I think of that," pops up on every other page.

Jim has served as President of AACT, on countless committees and task forces, as adjudicator for many festivals (including two national AACTFests), as a popular workshop facilitator, and has received both the AACT Fellow and Art Cole Lifetime of Leadership awards. A third-generation theatre professional, he has directed hundreds of plays and acted in as many roles. Jim has developed an international reputation as a director, having had two of his productions selected at national competitions to represent the United States at international festivals.


AACT NewPlayFest Anthologies

The AACT NewPlayFest was created to develop new original work and spark communication and excitement among community theatres. Over a two-year period, playwrights submit their plays to AACT for consideration, and winning scripts receive a world-premiere at an AACT-member theatre. At the end of the festival, all of the winning plays from that cycle are published in an anthology by Dramatic Publishing. 

NewPlayFest Vol 1AACT NewPlayFest Winning Plays Anthology

Volume 1: 2014 ($29.95)
available on Dramatic Publishing's website

Includes: Exit Laughing by Paul Elliott; The Seamstress by Cece Dwyer; The Vanishing Point by Nedra Pezold Roberts; Jellofish by Jim Henry; End Papers by Barry Weinberg; and The Boatwright by Bo Wilson.

NewPlayFest Vol 2AACT NewPlayFest Winning Plays Anthology

Volume 2: 2016 ($29.95)
available on Dramatic Publishing's website

Includes: Lighthouse by William Baer; Gracefully Ending by A.J. DeLauder; Laguna Beach, Ohio by Malcolm MacDonald; Wash, Dry, Fold by Nedra Pezold Roberts; Get Out of Dodge by Jeanne Drennan; The Emperor of North America by Thomas Hischak; and Shades of Valor by Karen Lewis.

Generic book iconAACT NewPlayFest Winning Plays Anthology

Volume 3: 2018 ($29.95)
coming soon on Dramatic Publishing's website

Includes: Sweet Tea and Other Secrets by Paul Elliott; Eternity by Michael Cochran; Mynx and Savage by Rebecca Gorman O’Neill; Treehouse by Joe Musso; Sweet by Denise Hinson; and Finishing School by Elaine Liner.


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