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.


We are busy planning for 2020

Save the Dates:
District Festivals Saturday, November 7, 2020
State Festival at Troy University December 4 & 5, 2020 (Scholarship auditions December 3, 2020)
Chair: Meghan Phelps Browning  [email protected]
Vice Chair: Carl Dean [email protected]
Secondary Festival Direcftor: Brian Cocke [email protected]

Trumbauer Festival 2019

Trumbauer Festival 2018


Quick Resources:

ACT – Diversity and Inclusion Statement

ACT w-9 2020