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.
Additional Trumbauer Downloads for District Chairs:
Trumbauer Manuals for Download as PDF files:
REGISTRATION: Opens Sept. 1, 2017. To register online:
TRUMBAUER FESTIVAL CALENDAR 2017-18
1-Sept: Trumbauer District Registration Opens Online
1-Sept: ACT Scholarship Information Distributed through District Chairs and Registration Opens Online
1-Oct: Trumbauer District Registration Closes
7-Oct: Trumbauer District Registration Confirmed. NO CHANGES OR REFUNDS AFTER THIS DATE.
7-Oct: ACTScholarship Registration CLOSES ONLINE
14-Oct: ACT sends District Registrations to District Chairs
4-Nov: District Festivals
6-Nov: District Chairs Send State Qualifiers to ED via email
6-Nov: District Chairs Send Festival Paperwork/Checks to ED
12-Nov: Trumbauer State Registration OPENS ONLINE
12-Nov: Trumbauer State Judges Form Submitted ONLINE
17-Nov: Trumbauer State Registration CLOSES ONLINE. NO CHANGES OR REFUNDS AFTER THIS DATE.
22-Nov: Trumbauer State Fee Payment Due
30-Nov: ACT Scholarship Auditions: University of North Alabama, Florence, AL
1-2-Dec: Trumbauer State Festival: University of North Alabama, Florence, AL