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 30 individual events, a one act play festival, a studio theatre one act play festival—all for 9th through 12th grades, 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 seven district festivals. At all levels of competition, students receive critiques from qualified teachers, professionals 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 four $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.

Trumbauer State Festival 2019 – SAVE THE DATES

District Trumbauer Festivals have all been scheduled for Saturday, November 2, 2019. Community Fest will also be happening that same weekend. This is an unavoidable conflict due to the availability of host venues.

State Trumbauer 2019 will be held at Troy University December 5 – 7, 2019. This year our festival will coincide with the middle school band competition, so the campus will be buzzing. Make your hotel arrangements as early as possible. Also, please plan your One Act and Studio productions with a trip to Troy in mind.

More information will become available after July 1, 2019.

Trumbauer State Festival 2018 Final Report (revised Dec. 21, 2018)

The 2018 Trumbauer State Festival was held at Troy University in Troy, Alabama on November 29 through December 1. Hosting was provided by Troy University’s Department of Theatre and Dance under the leadership of Tori Averett.  Here are some interesting statistics:

  • Students participating: 2,890
  • Schools participating: District = 103 and State = 98
  • Individual Events: District= 3,534 and State= 2,066
  • One Act Festival: District = 40 and State = 18
  • Studio Festival: District = 70 and State = 14

The State Awards Report is available for download at :…/1iidS0Gs8mUUIr_BVxGBXJdUjvd…/edit…

Congratulations to the sponsors, judges, and, most of all, students for such a successful festival. Special shoutout to our host, Troy University/Department of Theatre and Dance, for being such so well-organized, supportive, and genuinely fabulous throughout the event!

Please feel free to use any of the photos from the 2018 Trumbauer Festival to promote your theatre programs. Tag the ACT and Troy. #Trumbauer18

The photo gallery for the awards program is ready. The images can be found here:…/20181207-Trumbaue…




For the most accurate and up-to-date festival information, download the Trumbauer State Festival app from either ITunes or Google Play for your phone and/or tablet.  It’s free and will be constantly updated throughout the festival. Create a profile in the app and include your email address so we can notify you personally of any changes during the festival!

Please note students who have schedule conflicts with IEs or who have been left off the list, should go to the room where their event is being held and let the judges know so they can work the student into the schedule.

A full list of schedules for all events is available on the Trumbauer app and it’s updated daily.

List of Individual Events’ Days, Times, Room Numbers

IE Schedule 2018 for SCHED_Judges: This is the schedule the judges are using! Future updates will be done on the Trumbauer App only!




NOVEMBER 12:​ State Registration opens online.  

  1. Log into  
  2. Enter your four digit username and password. If you don’t have this information or don’t remember your assigned username/password, email
  3. Tick the boxes next to the students’ names who are competing at State.
  4. SAVE often.
  5. SUBMIT when registration is complete.
  6. Print a copy of your invoice by clicking on the print button on the invoice page.

NOVEMBER 12:​  CLICK HERE:  Completed ONLINE STATE Trumbauer Judge Forms due.

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

NOVEMBER 22:​ ​ ​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 Director of Festivals or Festival Chair IN WRITING prior to Nov. 21.

NOVEMBER 29:​ ​ ACT Scholarship Auditions at Troy University (Chair Regan McClung)

NOVEMBER 30 AND DECEMBER 1:​ ​ Trumbauer State Festival, Troy University

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 by Google Docs to the Secondary Chair by the second Friday after the District Competition.



If you need a copy of the ACT W-9 for processing payment, download here ACT W-9 2018



Additional state festival information will be posted as it is confirmed.


For Download:

2018 Director Manual

NOTE:  The deadline for State ACT Scholarship applications is Nov. 1. The deadline noted in the Trumbauer 2018 manual is incorrect!


2018 Judge Manual
2018 Tech Manual
ACT Membership Application  
  • Mandatory for all ACT Participants beginning 9/1/2018: students and teachers
  • Give all completed/signed 2 page membership forms in a envelope to your Chair at District Festival
2018 District Judge Form



  • ACT Festival Director: Sue Ellen Gerrells,
  • Chair: Jason Bozeman, Southside High School
  • Vice Chair:  Sara Butler Argiro, DeKalb County Fine Arts School


District Schedule: All competitions are November 3, 2018 at various locations:


District 1: Nov.3. Bob Jones High School, Chair Barton Craft, Email:

District 2: Nov. 3. Corner High School, Chair Megan Garner, Email:

District 3: Nov. 3. Florence High School, Chair Jennifer Kilpatrick, Email:

District 4: Nov. 3. Opelika Arts Center, Chair Revel Gholston, Email:

District 5: Nov. 3. Baker High School, Chair Alex Silva, Email:

District 6: Nov. 3. Mountain Brook High School, Chair Jesse Tilton, Email:

District 7: Nov. 3. Jacksonville State University, Chair Cody Hays, Email:


Click Here for State ACT Scholarship Audition Information

NOTE:  The deadline for State ACT Scholarship applications is Nov. 1. The deadline noted in the Trumbauer 2018 manual is incorrect!


State Schedule: The State Festival will be held Nov. 29 (Scholarship Auditions), Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at Troy University, Troy, Alabama. 

Questions should be addressed, 205-483-2282, PO Box 1983, Pelham, AL  35124


District REGISTRATION:  Opens Sept. 1, 2018 and CLOSES AT 11:59 P.M. OCTOBER 1.

To register online:

  1. Log into  
  2. Enter your four digit username and password. If you don’t have this information or don’t remember your assigned username/password, email
  4. If you need a copy of the ACT W-9 for processing payment, download here ACT W-9 2018 Thursday Schedule for webFriday Schedule for webSaturday Schedule for web