Twink Lynch Award

Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement
Recognizes AACT member theatres for successfully completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to their communities, or moving to the next level of organizational development.
2018 Honoree
Hale Center Theatre, Sandy, UT
Hale Centre Theatre greatly expanded its ability to serve Salt Lake City area theatregoers with the recent unveiling of its new $80M, 133,306 square-foot Mountain America Performing Arts Centre. The new facility is home to the world-class, 901-seat Centre Stage Theatre, with state-of-the-art stage automation as well as the 467-seat Jewel Box Stage. The Hale draws more than 24,000 season ticket holders annually from Utah and surrounding states. The first production in the new Centre Stage Theatre was Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida.

The Hale Centre Theatre believes good theatre begets good theatre, and there is room in each community, and a need, for varying forms of the arts. They are proud to be theatre focused on the family – the place children and adults can learn to love the art. The Hale Centre Theatre reflects their community and gives families experiences they can discuss and memories they can cherish.

Previous Recipients

2003  Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy (KS)
           Quincy Community Theatre (IL)
2004  Albuquerque Little Theatre (NM)
2005  Bay City Players (MI)
2006  Chattanooga Theatre Centre
2007  Stuttgart Theatre Center, Germany
2008  SHAPE Performing Arts Center,  
           Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers
           Europe (Belgium)
2009  Venice Theatre (Venice, FL)
2010  Twin City Stage (Winston-Salem, NC)
2011  Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (North Dakota-Minnesota)
          Theatre Memphis (Memphis, TN)

2012   Amelia Community Theatre (Fernandina Beach, FL)
            Family Arts Center (Houston, TX)
            Manatee Players (Bradenton, FL)
2013   Salina Community Theatre (Salina, KS)
2014   Aviano CommunityTheater, Aviano Air Base (Aviano, Italy)
           Mesa Encore Theatre (Mesa AZ)
           Tupelo Community Theatre (Tupelo, MS)
2015   Theatre Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)
2016   Lincoln Community Playhouse (Lincoln, NE)
2017   Encore Stage & Studio, Inc (Arlington, Virginia)
           Theatre Lawrence (Lawrence, Kansas)


Twink Lynch

Photo of Twink LynchThis award is named in honor of Twink Lynch, who has devoted her life to community theatre and to serving as a mentor to both individuals and community theatres across the country. She helped shepherd the national organization's transition from American Community Theatre Association (ACTA) to AACT, served on the Board for six years, including a term as President and VP of Education and on AACT committees for an additional 19 years. Twink managed Topeka (KS) Civic Theatre for many years, retired, then came back during hard times and guided the theatre back to a stable organization. Her passion was such that she earned three degrees in theatre; it is said, she is the only person to earn a Ph.D. in Community Theatre Management. Twink shared her knowledge and experience through consulting and through her "Spotlight on Boards" column in AACT's newsletter, which she wrote for 14 years. In 2000, she edited her columns into a book, Boards in the Spotlight, the proceeds of which benefit AACT. Her book and reprints of her articles still educate those who are managing and governing community theatres.



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