AACTFest 2023 Registration
VIP Festival Package - $550 (registration opens August 10, 2022. Closes until capacity is reached)
Experience AACTFest 2023 at its best by becoming a VIP! Space is limited to only 100 people.
- Access to all Festival shows, workshops, and special events
- AACTFest Welcome Gift Package
- Reserved seating – pick and reserve your seat ahead of time for all 12 shows!
- Early hotel reservations at Host Hotel – Valid up to October 1, 2022. Reservations open up to everyone after this date.
- No-hassle festival check-in – Festival Registration items will be delivered to your room if you stay at the host hotel, or expedited at the registration desk.
- Belle of Louisville Steamboat Cruise & Dinner
Contact Conference Coordinator Jill Patchin by email forVIP Package questions and group-seating reservations.
General Registration Opens September 1
Festival registration includes tickets to all 12 AACTFest and Youth Festival shows, workshops, keynotes, exhibitor booths and giveaways, plus access to the virtual and onsite design competition displays, awards show, and social events.
|Early Bird (Sept. 1, 2022-March 1, 2023)||$315 members | $390 non-members|
|Advance (March 2, 2023-June 1, 2023)||$415 members | $490 non-members|
|Onsite (June 2, 2023-June 13, 2023)||$485 members | $560 non-members|
AACT Youth Discount (18 and younger): $75 off registration
Competing/Advancing Company Member: $10 off registration
Single and Show Tickets go on sale in April 2023 (subject to availability)
Special Events, Training & Competitions
Adjudication Training Workshop (limited to 30 people) - $50
The success of any AACT Festival is in large part dependent upon the skill of adjudicators. In this introductory workshop you'll learn what guidance comes from the festival handbook and what kind of autonomy is granted to adjudicators, as well as how to find the best people for the job.
Adjudication Training Seminar (limited to 15 people) - $150
The AACT Adjudication Training is an add-on event that will be held before and during the national festival.The $150 fee helps cover the costs of the five-plus days of intensive instruction. Registration to AACTFest23 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.
Note: Adjudication Training 2023 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Scholarships are available. AACT will be providing two scholarships to its Adjudication Training Seminar to support and mentor theatre-makers of color. Visit for more info
Youth Conference (limited to 30 people) - $40
The AACT Youth Theatre conference is for youth who aspire to be leaders within the arts and theatre communities. Participants will be exposed to a line-up of powerful theatre performances from around the country, engage in educational workshops, receive mentoring and shadowing from arts professionals and take part in activities that are challenging and fun! The conference is open to ages 12-18.
Belle of Louisville Sunset Steamboat Cruise (Reservations open soon: limited number available) - $30
Whether you’re admiring the sunset or dancing in the moonlight, enjoy yourself out on the river with a gentle breeze and good company. Concessions and bar will be available. The cruise two-hour excursion on the Belle of Louisville will be the evening of June 15, 2023.
Belle of Louisville Sunset Endowment Dinner & Cruise (Reservations open soon: limited number available) - $150
Indulge in a truly special evening aboard the Belle of Louisville for AACT’s Steamboat Dinner and Cruise. Proceeds go to support the AACT Endowment. This two-hour sunset cruise on the evening of June 15, 2023, will include dinner, two drink tickets, music, and fun for all.
Monologue Competition (adult and youth) - $25
Registration for the Monologue Competition must be completed with your online festival registration. There will be a youth division and adult division. Participation is limited, so early registration is highly recommended.
Virtual Entry Fee: $35
Onsite Display Entry Fee: $35
The AACT 2023 National Design Competition showcases the best of community theatre in this country. It is an opportunity for your theatre and designers to shine. AACT-member theatres and their designers enter designs for projects occurring between July 1, 2011 and May 1, 2023. There will be five design categories: Scenic, Lighting, Properties, Costume, and Special Design. Cash prizes for top designs in each category.
Transfer/substitution requests are welcome through June 7. Refund, minus a 20% cancellation fee, will be made if cancellation and written request are received by May 31. For transfers or refunds please contact registrar, Karen Matheny at email@example.com.