December 2, 2023

US: AACT 2023 National Theatre Design Competition


Kacey Udy was awarded Honorable Mention in Scenic Design at AACTFest 2019 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, for Tuck Everlasting produced at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy, Utah


in conjunction with AACTFest 2023

Celebrating Designers and Their Work

The AACT 2023 National Design Competition has gone hybrid, allowing entries to be displayed and adjudicated either online or in-person during AACTFest 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky, June 14-17, 2023.

Show off the designs that enhance your productions and take them to new levels. The AACT 2023 National Design Competition will showcase the best of community theatre in this country. It’s an opportunity for your theatre and designers to shine!

AACT member theatres and their designers may enter; designs must be of projects occurring between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2023

Design Categories

  • Scenic
  • Lighting
  • Properties
  • Costume
  • Special Design

Adjudicators suggest that those interested should begin collecting sketches, photos, plans, and other materials that can be used in their entry. Entry forms, available at, must be submitted by May 19, 2023An Entry fee of $20 must be submitted for each design entry.

  • Each entry must be a design created for an AACT member theatre production or be a design created by an AACT individual member for use by a community theatre. Productions must have been staged between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2023.
  • Previous winners of AACT Design Competitions may not re-enter their winning design.
  • Each entry should represent a single design aspect of a single production.

Entries will be displayed either online or in-person during AACTFest 2023, June 14-17, 2023.

Criteria for Adjudication, Virtual Display/Design Statement details, Entry Form, and additional entry information is available at

Awards for the AACT 2023 National Design Competition will be presented at the Virtual AACTFest 2021 Awards Ceremony. AACT will award a $300 prize to the design chosen as Outstanding Overall Design. Competition adjudicators also have the option of awarding prizes of $100 for Outstanding Design in each of the five categories.

Register for AACTFest 2023 now! 
VIP Package available. 
Advance registration rates are available until June 1.

AACTFest 2023 will be held June 12 – 17, 2023 with a week of National Company performances, YouthFest performances, live adjudications, workshops, keynote, design and monologue competitions, exhibitors, an awards ceremony, and more!

If your membership is not current, Join NOW and take advantage of the member rates on these exciting 2023 AACT events.
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