AACTFest – March 2019

The festival and conference was held March 21-24, 2019 at the Performing Arts Center in Los Alamos, NM.  Sponsored by Theatre New Mexico and hosted by Los Alamos Little Theatre.


Advancing to Regionals
      Church and State – Los Alamos Little Theatre
      Fallen – Artesia High School Drama
Alternate to Regionals
      Hamlet – New Antiquities Theatre Company
Distinguished Performance in a Leading Role
      Tim Orcutt – Los Alamos Little Theatre
      Cheyanne Parson – Artesia High School Drama
      Nathan Miles – New Antiquities Theatre Company
Distinguished Performance in a Supporting Role
      Charlotte Jusinski – Los Alamos Little Theatre
      Lisa Cisneros – Nat Gold Players
      Nolan Winters – Artesia High School Drama
Distinguished Ensemble Performance
      Artesia High School Drama
Set Design
      Artesia High School Drama
Distinguished Lighting Design
      Los Alamos Little Theatre
Backstage Award
      Artesia High School Drama

Thursday March 21 at 7:00pm
New Mexico Heroes, written and performed by Nat Gold Players, Las Vegas
Church and State, by Jason Odell Williams, performed by Los Alamos Little Theatre

Friday March 22 at 7:00pm
Memory Garden, by Mark Scharf, performed by Artesia Community Theatre
Hamlet, by Shakespeare, performed by New Antiquities Theatre Company, Hobbs

Saturday March 23 at 7:00pm
Fallen, by Tom Akers, performed by Artesia High School
The Night Before,
 by Robert Benjamin, staged reading 

The American Association of Community Theatres’ festivals are part of a multi-year process that culminates in a national festival held in odd-numbered years. AACTFest provides an opportunity for community theatres from AACT’s 10 regions to enter productions for adjudication and advancement from state to regional to national level. AACTFest is both a celebration of theatre and a learning experience for those who take part. New Mexico is in Region VI along with the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. New Mexico’s state winners will advance to the regional festival in Midland TX, May 2-5 2019. The winner of the regional competition will advance to the national festival in Gettysburg PA, June 18-22 2019.