Diamond Crown Award
This award recognizes longevity and vitality of AACT-member theatres that have expanded programming and/or facilities in the past ten years and have the administrative leadership to remain vital to their communities for the next ten years. Recipients must have been in continuous operation for 75 years and organizational members of AACT for the past 10 years.
Theatre Memphis (Memphis, Tennessee) will celebrate its 100th anniversary of continuous operation with the 2020- 2021 season. Emphasizing consistent artistic excellence, strong leadership, and financial stability, the theatre’s long-range strategic plan is focused on meeting current and future programming, as well as facility needs. As a charter member of AACT, Theatre Memphis was the winner of the AACT International Festival in 1974 and hosted the national AACTFest in 1991. In January 2020, Theatre Memphis was named Best Community Theater by Regional Broadway World. Executive Producer Debbie Litch and her staff of 15 average 10 years with the company, and shepherd the 700 volunteers supporting the theatre’s expanding activities. Company President Dabney Coors says, “Our mission-to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences, participants, and diverse community-has led to record-breaking ticket sales and attendance, as well as an outreach program that reaches up to 30,000 under-served students through theater education, playwriting, and productions."
2019 Des Moines Community Playhouse. Des Moines, Iowa