Shining Star Award
The AACT Shining Star award recognizes an individual AACT Member who has had a significant impact on the advancement of AACT and its mission through leadership and service on a national level. This new award is open to all ages and years of service, and will complement AACT’s growing national outreach to younger participants, and provides a way of encouraging and recognizing the service of those who may not yet qualify for any of AACT's more long-term awards.
Chris Serface (Tacoma, Washington) has been the Managing Artistic Director of Tacoma Little Theatre (TLT) since 2013. Seven years ago, TLT was in a difficult situation: They had lost their Managing Artistic Director, were in heavy financial debt, had inconsistent day-to-day operations, with a struggling community image, and a directionless Board of Directors. In Serface’s five years, TLT has paid off debts and regained financial health. He has rebranded TLT and helped to find its niche in Tacoma’s large performing arts community, as well as increased public awareness, by collaborating with other community programs to boost TLT’s image. TLT now operates in the black, and has much to celebrate in its 100th birthday season. Chris currently sits on the boards of the Washington State Community Theatre Association and AACT. He has also served AACT as Chair of the AACTFest Workshop Committee for five national festivals, as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development, and as an AACT Festival Commissioner.
2018 Nancy Eppert (Independence, Missouri)