Adjudication Seminar 2021 | AACT

Adjudication Seminar 2021

Virtual, intensive training at a measured pace
Six sessions, two hours per session + Festival

"The purpose of AACT adjudication is threefold: to accurately reflect to the performing company what has been successfully achieved; to out­line reasonable steps that might be taken to enhance interpretation of the story; and, finally, to select which of the companies will receive awards. At its best, adjudication both educates and illuminates."  - AACT Adjudication Committee

Laptop computer with screen showing seminar in sessionOver several festival cycles, AACT’s Adjudication Seminar has provided adjudication training, as well as an opportunity to learn more about theatrical critique, and even to enhance directing skills. However, a participant in the Adjudication Seminar could also expect to spend over 40 hours in seminar-related work during a national festival.

Now, as AACT has embraced the concept of online learning through meetings, roundtables and webinars, it has become clear the same intensive adjudication training can be offered virtually, over a lon­ger stretch of time, without the constraints of the festival time frame.

As a result, AACT’s 2021 Adjudication Seminar will be held over the course of six weeks beginning March 20-May 8, 2021—six sessions, two hours per session.

Having completed the training, participants will be invited to view the National Festival performances in June, and respond to them with techniques learned in training, receiving feedback designed to polish both message and delivery. During the festival, participants also will attend two, two-hour-long virtual sessions that include how to negoti­ate with fellow adjudicators to determine award outcomes, and how to prepare for a work as an adjudicator.

Kathy PingelKristi QuinnInstructors

Kristi Quinn (left) and Kathy Pingel (right) are co-instructors for the seminar. Both are AACT Fellows, and have adjudicated at festivals at many levels. They will be joined by other nationally recognized adjudicators, who will drop in for coaching and to address specific topics.

Join us for the AACT 2021 Adjudication Seminar

Pre-Festival Seminar Dates

Sat. March 20: 12:00-2:00 pm Eastern
Sat. April 3: 12:00-2:00 pm Eastern
Sat. April 17: 12:00-2:00 pm Eastern
Sat. April 24: 12:00-2:00 pm Eastern
Sat. May 1: 12:00-2:00 pm Eastern
Sat. May 8: 12:00-2:00 pm Eastern


Festival Dates

Mon. June 14: 5:15-6:15 pm Eastern
  Separate workshop for Region 10 (Europe) only
7:00-8:00 p.m. (12:00-1:00 pm Central)
Tues. June 15: 12:45-1:45 pm Eastern
7:45-8:45 pm Region 10
Weds. June 16: 1:45-2:45 pm Eastern
8:45-9:45 pm Region 10
Thurs. June 17: 10:30-11:30 pm Eastern
5:30-6:30 pm Region 10
Sun. June 20: 1:45-4:00 pm Eastern
  Separate workshop for Region 10 (Europe) only
7:00-10:00 pm (12:00-3:00 pm Central)

Note: As a part of the curriculum, participants will also view AACTFest performances and receive additional training/assignments during festival week. 

Adjudication Seminar Registration & Fees
The AACT Adjudication Training is an add-on event that will be held before and during the national festival. Fee is ($135) to help cover the costs of the five plus days of intensive instruction. Registration to AACTFest21 is required. As a part of the curriculum, participants will also view AACTFest performances and receive additional training/assignments during festival week.  Register for the training when you register for AACTFest. 

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  • To add Adjudication Training onto your registration, contact AACT office separately at 817-732-3177 or

Adjudication Training 2021 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Scholarships are available. AACT will be providing 2 scholarships to it's Adjudication Training Seminar to support and mentor theatre-makers of color. To apply visit Deadline to apply is March 19, 2021.

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