AACTFest 2021 pivots to invitation format; all AACT members can apply
The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) has announced that the next national AACTFest will take place June 14-19, 2021 in Louisville, Kentucky, at the state-of-the-art Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a possible resurgence in the fall -- and with the uncertainty of when and if state festivals will run in 2020 -- AACT has restructured the AACTFest 2021 cycle to better support the mission of the National Festival.
Under its newly adopted invitational-style model, AACTFest 2021 National Companies will be chosen by application, evaluation, and adjudication, instead of the usual state and regional festival process.
This model ensures that AACTFest will continue, alleviates any financial burden or obligation of state or regional festivals while theatres are struggling with the effects of COVID-19, and still gives every theatre across the nation a fair opportunity and access to the festival process.