The first day of the 2013 Texas Nonprofit Theatres Conference has begun. The theme this year is Survive & Thrive, in recognition of most of us having lived through the end of the world supposedly predicted by the Mayan calendar for December 21, 2012. Yes, we are still here, and we have come through the recent years better than ever, despite economic stress and the challenges of funding nonprofit artistic endeavors. Everyone here has great hopes for the coming years.
The conference offers three mornings of enticing workshops, such as Alathea Blischke’s Costuming on a Budget , and Rebecca Allard’s Funding the Arts: Mission Possible. but we’re really here for Texas AACTFest 2013, the biennial play festival to crown the outstanding production of community theatre in Texas that will represent the state at the regional level in April, hopefully the national AACTFest in Carmel, IN, in June. Ten Texas theatres will be performing in five show blocks over the next three days, with the advancing show announced at the awards ceremony Saturday evening.
Stay tuned for more.