ACT at AACT Festivals

American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) festival are part of a multi-year process that culminates in a national festival held in odd-numbered years.   provides an opportunity for community theaters 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 theater and a learning experience for those who take part.

ACT has entered this festival cycle every year since its inception in 1980.

As a part of the process, each state chooses a community theater production to represent it at the regional level.  South Dakota AACTFest is the first leg of the AACT festival cycle for ACT.

The advancing production then represents its state in its AACT regional festival.  The advancing production from the South Dakota festival represents the state in Region V: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota.

The advancing productions from each region then represents its region at the AACT national festival.

Some national festival shows are then asked to represent the United States in international festivals.

For information on how you can keep this rich ACT festival tradition alive, see .

2015 ACT & NSU’s “Working”
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Advances from South Dakota Festival and places second at the Region V Festival.

ACT & NSU’s “Working” (2015) (front, from left) Schlomit Oren, Trent Deyo, Lori Harmel, Merleen Frank, Jillian Jensen, Kati Bachmayer (back, from left) Tyler Lanam, Nate Wilson, Tyson Meyer, Zachery Ell.

ACT & NSU’s “Working” (2015) (front, from left) Schlomit Oren, Trent Deyo, Lori Harmel, Merleen Frank,
Jillian Jensen, Kati Bachmayer (back, from left) Tyler Lanam, Nate Wilson, Tyson Meyer, Zachery Ell

2013 “The Top Job!”
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Advances from South Dakota Festival and participates in the Region V Festival.

“THE TOP JOB!” (2013) (front, from left) Rawley Moore, Rachel Salem, Jonah Kost (back, from left) Brian T. Schultz, Kati Bachmayer, Lori Harmel, Abigail Yates, Tyson Meyer, Curt Campbell, Michael Garofalo.

2011 “Perfectly Normal and Healthy”
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Advances from South Dakota Festival and participates in the Region V Festival.

“Perfectly Normal and Healthy” (2011) (from left) Sara Hoar, Nikki Bootz, Eliot Lucas, Lori Harmel, Nicole Christenson, Seth Honerman, Mark Anderson, Curt Campbell.

2009 “How to Talk Minnesotan: The Musical”
Advances from South Dakota Festival and Region V Festival and participates in National Festival
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“How to Talk Minnesotan: The Musical” (2009) (from left) Curt Eisenbeisz, Kurt Smith, Trent Deyo, Brian T. Schultz, Nicole Christiansen, Susie Ewinger

2008 “Honk!” particapates in international festival
ACT takes show to Toyama, Japan to perform in The World Festival of Children’s Performing Arts
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“Honk!” (2008) (from left) Susie Ewinger, Joey Wagner, Kellyanne Kirkland, Isaac Seaton, Trent Deyo, Brian T. Schultz, Elias Rostad, Kandi Sampson, Mark Anderson, Emily Magera, Kati Bachmayer, Kirstyn Polasky, Curt Campbell

2007 “Honk!”
Advances from South Dakota Festival and Region V Festival and places 3rd at National Festival
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“Honk!” (2007) (front) Irene Mickelson, Curt Campbell (back, from left) Kandi Sampson, Isaac Seaton, Melanie Hoffman, Joey Wagner, Kellyanne Kirkland, Brian T. Schultz, Elias Rostad, Emily Magera, Trent Deyo, Kirstyn Polasky, Mark Anderson

2005 “Honk!” places 2nd in South Dakota AACTFest
2003 “The Diary of Adam and Eve” advances from South Dakota AACTFest and places 3rd a Region V AACTFest
2001 “The Cmplt Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)” advances from South Dakota AACTFest and participates in Region V AACTFest
1999 “The Cmplt Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)” places 2nd at South Dakota AACTFest
1997 “Jesus on the Oil Tank” places 2nd at South Dakota AACTFest
1995 “Shock of Recognition” places 2nd at South Dakota AACTFest
1993 “Naomi in the Living Room” places 2nd at South Dakota AACTFest
1991 “Laughing Wild” advances from South Dakota AACTFest and participates in Region V AACTFest
1989 “Welcome Home” participates in South Dakota AACTFest
1987 “Burning Desire” participates in South Dakota AACTFest
1985 Show not remembered – participates in South Dakota AACTFest
1983 “The Feast” participates in South Dakota AACTFest
1981 “You Know I Can’t Hear You When The Water’s Running” advances from South Dakota AACTFest and participates in Region V AACTFest