National Awards

Honoring Excellence
Awards in eight categories
In order to honor those who have contributed significantly to community theatre nationwide,
AACT bestows nine major types of recognition, each focused on a different area of service. 
  • Art Cole Lifetime of Leadership Award
  • David C. Bryant Outstanding Service Award
  • Diamond Crown Organization Award
  • Distinguished Merit Award
  • Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Awards
  • Mort Clark International Achievement Award
  • Special Recognition Award
  • Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award
  • Corporate Award
Online Nomination Form  |  Criteria for Each Award
2016 AACT National Award Recipients:

Ginger Heath (Monroe, North Carolina) Art Cole Lifetime of Leadership Award
Bellingham Theatre Guild (Bellingham, Washington) Diamond Crown Organization Award
Lincoln Community Playhouse (Lincoln, Nebraska) Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award
Tom Cordingley (Helena, Montana) David C. Bryant Outstanding Service Award
Zada and Earl Jahnsen (Bulverde, Texas) David C. Bryant Outstanding Service Award
Jim Chervenka (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Distinguished Merit Award
Celia Couture (Tewksbury, Massachusetts) Distinguished Merit Award
Loween Getter (Webster City, Iowa) Distinguished Merit Award
Dr. Tim Ballweber and Ballweber Orthodontics (Helena, Montana) Special Recognition Award
Sue Ellen Gerrells (Alabaster, Alabama) Special Recognition Award
Rhonda Wilson (Gainesville, Florida) Special Recognition Award
Beverly Allen (Helena, Montana) Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award
Barbara Christensen (Hartland, Wisconsin) Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award
Margi Ritscher (Anspach, Germany) Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award
Susan Tucker (Concord, Massachusetts) Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award
Dr. Charles "Bud" Vear (Hillsdale, Michigan) Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award
Eva Moore (Bala Muskoka, Ontario, Canada) Mort Clark International Achievement Award

AACT Fellows    

The designation “AACT Fellow” is bestowed for life upon members of AACT who over a period of years have contributed significantly to the idea and ideal of community theatre.

Art Cole Lifetime of Leadership Award

Honors a lifetime of leadership in community theatre by members of AACT who have provided leadership at the national level, in addition to local and/or regional levels.

David C. Bryant Outstanding Service Award

Recognizes individual members of AACT for significant, valuable, and lasting service to community theatre.

Diamond Crown Organization 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.

Distinguished Merit Award

Presented to individuals and organizations in recognition of contributions made to promote and develop the highest standards for community theatre.

Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award

Presented to individuals above the age of 65 who have faithfully served community theatre on a non-paid basis for over 25 years.

Mort Clark International Achievement Award

Recognizes individuals and organizations for significant achievement in the promotion of excellence in international community theatre. (This award may be presented at an international event.)

Special Recognition Award

Presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions to community theatre are far reaching and of a special nature.

Twink Lynch Organizational Acheivement Award

Recognizes AACT member theatres for successfully completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to their community, or moving to the next level of organizational development.

Corporate Award

Presented to businesses and corporations for significant financial support of community theatre on a regional or national basis.

 
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