Community Theater

We would like to welcome all of you to the Community Division page for the State of Alabama. We are so pleased to have so many wonderful community theatre groups spread out across this great state of ours. ACT has identified over 65 active groups in the state and is always on the lookout for more. Actors, stage directors, musical directors, choreographers, and musicians collaborate with scenic, lighting, sound, costume, and property artists — often just for the love of theatre – producing critically acclaimed productions from musicals to dramas, and everything in between.

It’s that time of year again. Time to begin planning for this year’s community Theatre Festival, celebrating the best of Alabama’s community theatres.

The Alabama Conference of Theatre (ACT) will hold its Annual Community Theatre Festival (ACTFest ’17) on October 28-29, 2016 at the Wetumpka Depot Theatre, Wetumpka, Alabama.

And you want to be a part of this event!

A festival typically presents three to five shows per day, each one limited to sixty minutes or less. Each cast and crew have ten minutes to get their set out of a 10×10 square of backstage storage, and get it ready for “curtain.” After the performance professional adjudicators give their analysis to the cast, director and crew.  Thus, everyone in the audience gets to see excellent theater, followed by positive, enlightening and engaging critiques.

Festivals have an awards party where the show that will go on to the next level is announced, and awards for acting, directing and producing are given.

The winners of the Alabama state festival advance to regionals at the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC) in March, 2017. To help with travel expenses,  ACT awards a stipend the Alabama productions advancing to SETC. Two productions from SETC will advance to the national festival, AACTFest ’17, in Rochester, Minnesota, June, 2017. SETC offers a stipend to its winners to help with the expenses of traveling to the national festival.

Great reasons to enter a festival

  • Fire up the imagination and interest of your group, and motivate them to think in new directions.
  • See some of the best theatre around, and get great ideas for your next season.
  • Meet terrific people who are doing exciting theatre.
  • Stimulate creativity in your group, and get them to reach for higher ideals.
  • Make the festival experience fun by producing and watching great shows, meeting wonderful people, and attending great parties.

Below are the links for the AACTFest Forms:

ACTFest17EntryForm

AACTFest Entry Info Form T1

AACTFest Warranty of Co. Compliance Form T2

AACTFest Affidavit of Actor Eligibility Form T3

AACTFest Technical Info Form T4a

Please contact Festival Chair, Sue Ellen Gerrells, for more information at sueellengerrells@gmail.com.