Twink Lynch Award

Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement
Recognizes AACT member theatres for successfully completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to their communities, or moving to the next level of organizational development.

2020 Honoree

Logo for Shawnee Little TheatreShawnee Little Theatre (Shaw­nee, Oklahoma) began in the summer of 1967 as the brain­child of two college students home for the summer, and their energetic former drama teacher. Now in its 53rd year and over 225 productions later, the great, great grandchildren of its charter members carry on the tradition. In 2015, the Oklahoma Center for Non-Profits chose SLT to receive a ONE Award for Excellence and Community Service for its dedication to providing theatre arts to the area. Alliances with Oklahoma Baptist University and the Shawnee Public Schools drama departments allow the theatre to support local youth activities through workshops, scholarship funds, support with their productions, and the creation of “town and gown” produc­tions that offer university students coursework in all phases of community theatre musical production. This past January, SLT teamed with a local non-profit, Safe Events for Families, to produce The Marvelous Wonderettes at the historic Ritz Theatre. Staffed totally by volunteers, SLT continues to enrich, entertain, and educate its community into a sixth decade.


Previous Recipients

2003  Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy (KS)
           Quincy Community Theatre (IL)
2004  Albuquerque Little Theatre (NM)
2005  Bay City Players (MI)
2006  Chattanooga Theatre Centre
2007  Stuttgart Theatre Center, Germany
2008  SHAPE Performing Arts Center,  
           Supreme Headquarters, Allied Powers
           Europe (Belgium)
2009  Venice Theatre (Venice, FL)
2010  Twin City Stage (Winston-Salem, NC)
2011  Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre (North Dakota-Minnesota)
          Theatre Memphis (Memphis, TN)

2012   Amelia Community Theatre (Fernandina Beach, FL)
            Family Arts Center (Houston, TX)
            Manatee Players (Bradenton, FL)
2013   Salina Community Theatre (Salina, KS)
2014   Aviano CommunityTheater, Aviano Air Base (Aviano, Italy)
           Mesa Encore Theatre (Mesa AZ)
           Tupelo Community Theatre (Tupelo, MS)
2015   Theatre Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)
2016   Lincoln Community Playhouse (Lincoln, NE)
2017   Encore Stage & Studio, Inc (Arlington, Virginia)
           Theatre Lawrence (Lawrence, Kansas)
2018   Hale Center Theatre (Sandy, UT)
2019   Alton Little Theater (Alton, IL)

 

Twink Lynch

Photo of Twink LynchThis award is named in honor of Twink Lynch, who devoted her life to community theatre and to serving as a mentor to both individuals and community theatres across the country. She helped shepherd the national organization's transition from American Community Theatre Association (ACTA) to AACT, served on the Board for six years, including a term as President and VP of Education and on AACT committees for an additional 19 years. Twink managed Topeka (KS) Civic Theatre for many years, retired, then came back during hard times and guided the theatre back to a stable organization. Her passion was such that she earned three degrees in theatre; it is said, she is the only person to earn a Ph.D. in Community Theatre Management. Twink shared her knowledge and experience through consulting and through her "Spotlight on Boards" column in AACT's newsletter, which she wrote for 14 years. In 2000, she edited her columns into a book, Boards in the Spotlight, the proceeds of which benefit AACT. Her book still educates those who are managing and governing community theatres.

 

 

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