Youth Conference 2021

Youth Theatre Conference
Building the next generation of arts leaders through the power of theatre

July 12-16, 2021
10-2 pm (Central) via Zoom
Cost - $100
Registration information coming soon!


The AACT Youth Theatre Conference is a week-long opportunity for young people to discover paths to leadership in their community theatres. That path could be through acting, directing, technical theatre, stage management, marketing, or another avenue of interest. Unlike other conferences, this one cultivates individual interests as well as connecting youth from across the nation.

Open to students ages 12-18, activities will include both large- and small-group sessions, as well as individualized instruction.

This exciting conference is designed to instill confidence, knowledge, and team-building skills, in an exhilarating and stimulating atmosphere.

  • Brainstorm ideas about how theatre should respond to recent world challenges and become more diverse, more inclusive, more aware and then present those ideas to AACT leadership
  • Create a customized learning experience based on your curiosity and skill level
  • Meet someone new, learn something new
  • See innovative theatre from around the country
  • Share your theatre experiences with other youth leaders from around the country
  • Learn from an interactive panel of experienced AACT theatre professionals
  • Create scenes as an actor or director or both

The conference will be led by Jennifer Hamilton and Chad-Alan Carr.

Photo of Chad-Alan CarrChad-Alan Carr is the Founding Executive/Artistic Director for Gettysburg Community Theatre in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Chad received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Sam Houston State University where he was also later awarded a Distinguished Theatre Alumni Award for Achievement In Professional Theatre. Chad holds the honor of being the Chair of the first ever AACT National Youth Festival at AACTfest 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota, and then again at AACTfest 2019 in Gettysburg. He directed the Eastern States Regional Premiere of The Penguin Project (theatre for youth with special needs), chartered the International Thespian Troupe #7640 for Gettysburg Area High School, and has served as a board member for Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres, Eastern States Theatre Association, and AACT.

Photo of Jennifer HamiltonJennifer Hamilton led the Education Directors track for the AACT TEAMS conference in 2018, served as the facilitator for the Youth Leadership Conference at AACTFest 2017, facilitated the 2008 Education Directors Workshop, and has served on both the AACT Education and Workshop committees. As Education Director for Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy in Topeka, Kansas, from 2002 until 2014, she administered year-round classes for ages four through adult, helped to create a teen improvisation performance troupe, developed outreach programming for area schools and underserved communities, and directed over 50 youth productions. She currently works in partnership with the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, providing after-school theatre classes for area youth.  Jennifer earned a BA in Theatre from Sterling College, and a MA in Theatre and Film from the University of Kansas.




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