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January 2015
Happy New Year!
We're in the middle of the 2014-1015 season!  In this newsletter, there is a notice from AACT, an update on the New England Regional Festival (NERF), the second step in AACTFest, and the Board outreach program. 
Nominations open for AACT National Awards
AACT offers member theatres the opportunity to submit nominations for one of the several National Awards.AACT National Awards are presented each summer to recognize outstanding contributions to community theatre.The 2015 Awards will be presented at AACTFest 2015 in Grand Rapids, MI in June.The deadline to submit nominations is January 20, 2015.

Complete award descriptions and the nomination form (at the bottom of the page) are available on the AACT web site. The awards are:
Art Cole Lifetime of Leadership Award 
Diamond Crown Organization Award (new!)  
Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award  
David C. Bryant Outstanding Service Award  
Distinguished Merit Award  
Special Recognition Award  
Robert E. Gard Superior Volunteer Award  
Corporate Award  
Mort Clark International Achievement Award


Previous award winners are also listed on the AACT site.


Nominations are welcome anytime for the AACT Spotlight Award.The Spotlight Award is presented locally byAACT and an AACT member theatre for long or special service that has had a significant impact on the quality of local theatre.For more detail and to download a Spotlight Award Nomination form, visit the Spotlight Awards page.

If you have any questions please contact the  AACT Office


NERF and AACTFest Reminder
New England Regional Festival
Two Eastern Massachusetts groups will enter the first phase of the national festival cycle by attending the Regional State Festival in Torrington, Connecticut on February 28 and March 1. The Hovey Players' cutting of Rabbit Hole and the Lexington Players' cutting of Spring Awakening will be representing EMACT. Both groups will perform on Saturday, February 28.  If you never attended a festival, a unique experience awaits you. You are treated to a complete theatre experience featuring works representing the Eastern Region: Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Eastern Mass and Western Mass. Some state festivals will be sending two groups as their geographic areas are large.  The Warner Theatre is located at 68 Main Street in Torrington CT 06790.

SFX Makeup Artist and Litchfield native, TYLER GREEN, will teach a master class on the magical art form of special effect makeup and prosthetics. In addition to a lively discussion about the nature of this intricate art form as well as his own experiences as a special effects artist and finalist on the smash hit TV series FACE OFF, Tyler will also take us through steps to create realistic bruising and simple wounds for stage and screen.

The entry that wins at the Regional State festival will be invited to attend the National Festival, which opens on June 23, 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


AACTFest 2015  

AACTFest 2015 is a national theatre event, where community theatre participants from across the United States and the U.S. Armed Services abroad will gather in Grand Rapids, Michigan for a week that celebrates theatre. More than 600 people are expected to attend this event, which will feature 12 of the strongest community theatre productions from state and regional festivals. The week will also include workshops, ample opportunities to network, and theatre vendor exhibits. Performances and exhibits are open to the public.


The performances will take place in the beautifully restored Grand Rapids Civic Theatre. Performances will be in two-show sessions, beginning Wednesday afternoon, June 24 and ending Saturday afternoon, June 27. With workshops in the mornings, shows in the afternoons and evenings, and socializing/networking events after the sun goes down, AACTFest 2015 has anything every community theatre devotee desires. For more detailed information visit the AACT website (info@aact.org).  


The official hotel for AACTFest 2015 is the luxurious Amway Grand Plaza located in downtown Grand Rapids a short walk from the Theatre. Enjoy our special AACTFest rate of $129 for 1-4 in a room. Reserve online at 
https://resweb.passkey.com/go/AACT2015 or call (800) 253-3590 to reserve at the AACTFest rate.


If you have never experienced a festival at either the Regional or National level, EMACT encourages you to attend. We hope to see you in Torrington, Connecticut in February to cheer on our Eastern Mass groups as they take the next step toward Nationals.

Board News: Invite the Board to Visit!

The Board of Directors would like to visit with your Board of Directors to ask you what services you would like to see EMACT offer and get feedback on current services like DASH and the Festival.  If you would like to have one of the Board members visit your group, please email the President, Jean McFarland, to let her know. Specify at least two upcoming dates and we'll get someone to visit!  


Education News
Curt Fennell presented a workshop on all the things theaters can do with Google for Non-Profits, including $10,000 available from Google for Google Ads!  If you haven't registered with Google as a non-profit, go to http://www.google.com/nonprofits/ and register your group.  You can get Gmail, calendar and Google Drive for your group and other apps for free.

A workshop on preparing for Festival is in the works.  Stay tuned!

If your group is running a workshop or other educational activity, we'd love to hear about it and help you publicize it! Please send your workshop news to Marianne Phinney, the Director of Education, at education@emact.org.

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