The Walter Trumbauer Secondary Theatre Festival

The Walter Trumbauer Festival has provided quality training and performance opportunities for Alabama theatre students at the secondary level since 1940.  The educational impact of this event is substantial. The festival consists of 28 individual events, a one act play festival, a studio theatre festival—all for 9th through 12thgrades, as well as scholarship auditions and college screening for high school seniors and junior college students. Students qualify for the state competition by earning a rating of “superior” at one of six district festivals. At all levels of competition, students receive critiques from qualified teachers and theatre practitioners, allowing them to improve their theatrical skills. The state festival kicks off with the scholarship audition session on Thursday evening. High school seniors and junior college students compete for three $1000 ACT Scholarships. Friday and Saturday events culminate in an Awards Ceremony where trophies, plaques, medals, and other awards are presented to recognize outstanding work in technical categories and performance areas. Two one act productions are chosen to represent Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in the spring.

Secondary District Trumbauer Festivals 2015 Dates and Locations

District 1 – November 6 & 7 – Lee High School

District 2 – November 7 – Corner High School

District 3 – November 7 – Austin High School

District 4 – November 7 – Opelika High School

District 5 – November 7 – AL Southern Community College, Monroeville

District 6 – November 7 – Mountain Brook High School


SEPTEMBER 2: Trumbauer Online Registration Opens.  A link to that registration will be available on the ACT website ( on that day. Judges Forms Available online for completion. Send district judge registration to your District Chair and state judge forms to Clint Merritt (

SEPTEMBER  2: ACT Scholarship Audition Forms available for download on the ACT website.

OCTOBER  9: District Registration Closes Online and Fees Due to ED. Schools may also pay at District Festival IF ED has a PO# or Check # in advance. NO REFUNDS given once registration confirmed online.

OCTOBER 16:  Executive Director sends Trumbauer District Registration to District Chairs.

NOVEMBER 6 & 7: District Festivals

NOVEMBER 9 : District Chairs send ALL State Qualifiers names/events/schools to ED via email. This report is due the Monday after your District Festival is held!

NOVEMBER 11: State Registration opens online.


1. Final program revisions due.  No refunds given after registration confirmed.

2. Completed STATE Trumbauer Judge Form for District_Download due to Clint Merritt (, Festival Vice-Chair.

NOVEMBER 17: State registration closes online. No refunds given after registration confirmed.

NOVEMBER 20: ACT Scholarship Registration Forms and Fees Due to ED. Students will receive confirmation of registration via email after registration is closed.

NOVEMBER 23:  State Fee Payment Due! Remember Membership Fees are only paid once.  

All checks/cash for fees must be received by the date of your first student’s competition, otherwise the student cannot compete.  In case of emergency, notify the ED or Festival Chair IN WRITING prior to Nov. 23.

DECEMBER. 3:  ACT Scholarship Auditions at Troy University (Chair: Chris Peck:

DECEMBER 4-5:  Trumbauer State Festival, Troy University (Chair: Jamie Stephenson,

Playwriting Deadlines: Playwriting entries must be sent electronically to the District Chair two weeks before district competition. Playwriting entries for State must be sent electronically to the Secondary Chair by the second Friday after the District Competition.


2015 Director Manual  (Walter Trumbauer Information for Theatre Teachers)

2015 Judge Manual (Judging Information, Event Information & Judge Ballots)

2015 Tech Manual (Supplemental Tech IE Information)

2015 District Chair Manual (District Chair Guidelines)

Link to Online Registation (

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