Twink Lynch Award | AACT

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.

2022 Honoree

Stage Left Theatre logoStage Left Theater (Spokane, Washington) underwent a major shift in 2021, dedicating more of its resources than ever before to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Stage Left has replaced all passive non-discrimination policies with active inclusion efforts, including not only policy changes but also outreach and community partnerships. The company partnered with multiple theatres in Spokane and the larger inland Northwest region to collaborate on these efforts, and ensure that opportunities are being broadened across the board, not just within its own walls. During the pandemic shutdown, Stage Left was at the forefront of virtual theatre-making in the region, presenting its first virtual festival, a collection of monologues titled Masterpiece Monologues. In addition to other regional and national awards, Stage Left won the Spokane Arts Award for Inclusion, and Artistic Director Jeremy Whittington was awarded the 2021 Governor’s Arts & Heritage Luminary Award.


Previous Recipients

2021   Prescott Center for the Arts (Prescott, Arizona)
2020   Shawnee Little Theatre (Shaw­nee, Oklahoma)
2019   Alton Little Theater (Alton, IL)
2018   Hale Center Theatre (Sandy, UT)
2017   Encore Stage & Studio, Inc (Arlington, Virginia)
           Theatre Lawrence (Lawrence, Kansas)
2016   Lincoln Community Playhouse (Lincoln, NE)
2015   Theatre Tulsa (Tulsa, OK)
2014   Aviano CommunityTheater, Aviano Air Base (Aviano, Italy)
           Mesa Encore Theatre (Mesa AZ)
           Tupelo Community Theatre (Tupelo, MS)
2013   Salina Community Theatre (Salina, KS)
2012   Amelia Community Theatre (Fernandina Beach, FL)
            Family Arts Center (Houston, TX)
            Manatee Players (Bradenton, FL)

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