May 2015
Spring is Finally Here!
We're in the home stretch of the 2014-1015 season!  In this newsletter, you are invited to the
EMACT Annual Meeting, we announce AACT Fellow Awards for two of our members, and a reminder about the Board outreach program. 
EMACT Annual Meeting
The EMACT Annual Meeting is scheduled for 2:00 PM on June 13 at the home of the  Quannapowitt Players, 55 Hopkins Street, Reading, MA 01867-3917 .  EMACT will provide burgers, hot dogs, and soft drinks.  We are looking for folks attending to bring chips, dips, salads and desserts. This is BYOB for alcoholic drinks.  

 

At the Annual Meeting, we will elect the Board of Directors for 2015-2016. 

 

Slate:

 

Jean MacFarland, President

Celia Couture, Executive Vice President

Monica Bruno, Recording Secretary

Jason Rutledge and Alissa Palange, Festival co-Coordinators

J.Mark Baumhardt & Sandy Philpott, DASH co-Directors

Susan Harrington, Membership Director (AACT Rep)

Marianne Phinney, Education Director

Derek Clark, Treasurer

 

Please RSVP online or email Monica Bruno, secretary@emact.org.

Beverley Lord to receive AACT Fellow Award

Beverley Lord of Foxborough, Massachusetts is being honored with the AACT Fellow Award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). The award will be presented at an awards ceremony during the AACT National Community Theatre Festival, AACTFest 2015, in Grand Rapids, Michigan June 23-27, 2015.

The AACT Fellow Award is bestowed upon those members of AACT who over a period of years have contributed significantly to the idea and ideal of community theatre. 


 

Beverley Lord majored in theatre in college. During her junior year abroad in Paris, she studied acting at the Ecole de Rene Simon. Her career as a high school French teacher also included directing musicals. She served several years on the Foxborough Arts Council. Bevie is on the Committee of Public Action for the Arts in Boston. She performs with and volunteers for Bay Colony Productions at the Orpheum in Foxborough and with the Friendly Society of Weston, known as the second oldest amateur theatre company (founded January 12, 1885) in the United States. She serves on the board of directors of the New England Theatre Conference (NETC) where she chairs the Marie Philips Service to NETC Award and adjudicates plays and musicals for the Moss Hart Award. She is the NETC, Region I Rep on the AACT Board and has served twice as a delegate to the International Amateur Theatre Association World Congress & Festival in Monaco. Still involved in education, Bevie has chaired and continues to serve on the Foxborough School Committee.

 


Dave Sheppard to receive AACT Award

Dave Sheppard of Maynard, Massachusetts is being honored with the AACT Fellow Award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). The award will be presented at an awards ceremony during the AACT National Community Theatre Festival, AACTFest 2015, in Grand Rapids, Michigan June 23-27, 2015.

The AACT Fellow Award is bestowed upon those members of AACT who over a period of years have contributed significantly to the idea and ideal of community theatre. 


 

Dave Sheppard is Executive Director of Acme Theater Productions. He has been active in community theatre for over forty-four years, having performed, directed, designed, and produced for groups all over New England. In 1976 he helped form Bolton Backstage. He earned a BA in Theater Management from the University of Massachusetts. In 1992 Dave started Acme Theater Productions, one of the highest award winning community theatres in New England. It has participated in eleven preliminary level festivals, winning three times. Acme has won the New England Regional Festival, advancing to perform in the National Festival twice, and has represented the USA in two international festivals. Dave has been named Best Director for Massachusetts three times and for New England three times. Dave has served on the Eastern Massachusetts Association of Community Theatres (EMACT) Board and was instrumental in spearheading initiatives designed to encourage and promote new theatres in Massachusetts. He served AACT on the Board eight years, served on AACT's Awards Committee, the Festival Commission as Chairman and as a Technical Rep, as an Endowment Trustee, and on the Music Rights Task Force. Dave is dedicated to fostering and helping new and small theatres grow and succeed.

 


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!  

 

Let us Help Fill your Workshops!
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 .