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The American Association of Community Theatre Presents AACTFest11 in NY

Based in Fort Worth, TX, the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) provides networking opportunities, advocacy services, theater resources, and events that benefit over 7,000 community theatres across the United States, plus overseas theatre companies associated with the U.S. armed forces.

Once every couple of years AACT presents the national AACTFest theater festival, which is billed as "both a celebration of theatre and a learning experience for those who take part." AACTFest11 will be hosted by the Theatre Association of New York State (TANYS) and takes place June 20-26, 2011, in Rochester, NY.

View The AACTFest11 press release below:

AACTFest11 is a national theatre event that will bring the best community theatre productions from across the country and the U.S. Armed Services abroad to Rochester, NY, June 20-26, 2011. Over 600 people are expected to participate in this American Association of Community Theatre flagship event. Performances, workshops and exhibitions are open to the public.

The Geva Theatre Center, Woodbury Avenue, will be the venue where twelve performing companies will present their work. There will be six performance sessions, starting on Wednesday afternoon of AACTFest11 week. A Tony-style Awards Show will close the festivities on Saturday night. Geva will also house the National Design Exhibition and Competition, which will feature work by lighting, sound, costume, web and set designers.

Roberts Wesleyan College, in the Rochester suburb of Chili, will be the venue for a Pre-Festival Theatre Conference offering sessions on lighting, stage design, costuming techniques, sound, makeup and other theatre disciplines. This three-day event will draw participants from community theatres, high schools, colleges, and other groups that produce plays.

A three-day Pre-Festival Theatre Management Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside, the official AACTFest11 hotel.

There will also be three mornings of workshops covering a variety of topics. Theatre supply vendors, playwrights and publishers will have exhibits at the Radisson Hotel. Wednesday morning of AACTFest11 week will be devoted exclusively to the vendors. Evening social events will provide networking opportunities.

AACTFest11 is hosted by the Theatre Association of New York State and its member companies and individuals. Volunteers from these TANYS member companies from across New York State and members of the Eastern States Theatre Association will be involved in planning and implementing AACTFest11 activities.

To register for the AACTFest11 "Total Festival Experience Super-Pass" (which includes all performance sessions, workshops, the vendors luncheon, a welcome to Rochester reception, an opening night picnic, an awards gala, and more), and details on how to purchase individual performance sessions, plus a full schedule for events, visit the AACTFest11 website at www.aactfest11.org and the AACTFest11 event registration page.

Also check out the National Technical Theatre Conference and National Community Theatre Management Conference, both of which will take place at AACTFest11 from June 20- 22 in Rochester, NY.

- Luke Crowe, National Casting Editor, Back Stage

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