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 six $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.
2018 FESTIVAL PERSONNEL
District Schedule: All competitions are November 3, 2018 at various locations:
District 1: Nov.3. Bob Jones High School, Chair Barton Craft, Email: email@example.com
District 2: Nov. 3. Corner High School, Chair Megan Garner, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
District 3: Nov. 3. Florence High School, Chair Jennifer Kilpatrick, Email: email@example.com
District 4: Nov. 3. Opelika Arts Center, Chair Revel Gholston, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
District 5: Nov. 3. Baker High School, Chair Alex Silva, Email: email@example.com
District 6: Nov. 3. Mountain Brook High School, Chair Jesse Tilton, Email: TILTONJ@mtnbrook.k12.al.us
District 7: Nov. 3. Jacksonville State University, Chair Cody Hays, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 to festivaldirectoract.gmail.com, 205-483-2282, PO Box 1983, Pelham, AL 35124
District REGISTRATION: Opens Sept. 1, 2018. To register online: