Great theatre events are coming your way from AACT, NYSTEA, and TANYS!
Events from AACT and NYSTEA and TANYS... oh my!

In this issue of TANYS E-News, we're pleased to update you on our first-ever virtual event in November -- and tell you about some great upcoming opportunities from AACT and NYSTEA. Read on!

We hope you're holding up in these difficult times. Stay tough, theatre friends... we'll get through this together.

Inspiring Excellence in Theatre Communities

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TANYS Tough: The Power of Theatre

As previously announced, TANYS will not be holding our traditional in-person Festival in November. In its place, our first-ever virtual event, TANYS Tough: The Power of Theatre (November 20-21), is nearly finalized... and you're going to love it!

This online event will include:
  • More than a DOZEN educational workshops for actors, writers, directors, technical crew, and more
  • Keynote presentations by VERY special, nationally-known guests
  • Presentation of the 2020 TANYS Merit Awards
  • Entertainment, member company spotlights, and more!
The Governor's #NewYorkTough campaign inspired our #TANYSTough theme

Keep your eye on your email, the TANYS website, the TANYS Facebook page, and our Callboard newsletter for more info on this event. Registration will open soon!

REMINDER: TANYS will NOT be doing any For-Festival adjudications from now through October 31, 2020. Organizational member companies can still request For Learning Only and Technical adjudications through that date, and we will make every effort to fulfill these requests. If you have any questions, please contact us at
NYSTEA presents virtual conference on August 24

ATTENTION EDUCATORS -- and anyone interested in the state of theatre in schools for the 2020-2021 school year:

Our friends at the New York State Theatre Education Association (NYSTEA) are hosting a virtual conference on Monday, August 24. Take a look!

Virtual Vitality: Tools for the Theatre Educator features four (4) fantastic workshops by renowned presenters, networking, resources, and 8 CTLE credit hours!

Click here to register. For more info (including bios of the workshop presenters!), click here.
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.

AACTFest 2021

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.

Applications are being accepted now through November 1 from AACT-member theatres to participate in the AACTFest 2021 Invitational Festival. Visit AACT's Invitational Process and Application page for full details. And read more about AACTFest 2021 here!
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