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
- Shining Star Award
- Special Recognition Award
- Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award
- Corporate Award
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.
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.
Recognizes individual members of AACT for significant, valuable, and lasting service to community theatre.
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.
Presented to individuals and organizations in recognition of contributions made to promote and develop the highest standards for community theatre.
Presented to individuals above the age of 65 who have faithfully served community theatre on a non-paid basis for over 25 years.
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.)
Recognizes an individual AACT Member of any age who has had a significant impact on the advancement of AACT and its mission through leadership and service on a national level.
Presented to individuals and organizations whose contributions to community theatre are far reaching and of a special nature.
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.
Presented to businesses and corporations for significant financial support of community theatre on a regional or national basis.