Diamond Crown Award

Diamond Crown Organization
Recognizes longevity & vitality of an AACT-member theatre

This award recognizes longevity and vitality of AACT-member theatres that have expanded programming and/or facilities in the past ten years and have the administrative leadership to remain vital to their communities for the next ten years. Recipients must have been in continuous operation for 75 years and organizational members of AACT for the past ten years.

Bellingham Theatre GuildBellingham Theatre Guild (Bellingham, WA) is an all-volunteer organization founded in 1929 and incorporated in 1932. After meeting initially at the Normal School in Bellingham, in church halls, and a mortuary, the group purchased its current theatre, a former church, in 1944. The Guild is now in the public phase of a capital fundraising campaign and has already received donations and pledges of $580,000, more than half the total cost of planned improvements. The group has initiated new ways to encourage younger members to engage with the Guild through Behind-the-Curtains tours and a One Act Theatre Festival. Current members of the Guild continue to recognize and honor the forward-thinking planning done by their predecessors. They have made changes to the structure of the Guild, embraced technology, planned for building improvements, and moved toward making annual giving a habit. With these changes, they have resolved to pass on a vibrant, sustainable, and innovative Guild to future generations.

Previous Honorees

2015   Grand Rapids Civic Theatre & School of Theatre Arts (Grand Rapids, MI)


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