2023 Wisconsin AACTFest

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Wisconsin State AACTFest 2023


2023 Wisconsin AACTFest

Wisconsin’s Community Theatre Festival & Competition

January 20–22

Competition Sessions
Saturday | Jan. 21 | Time TBD

BDACT Fine Arts Center – Kamps Auditorium

See Wisconsin’s best Community Theater companies
compete for a spot at Regionals—all in one weekend!

Early Bird Festival Registration
(up to Dec. 20 at midnight) SAVE $10

WACT Member Full Weekend $85
Non WACT Member Full Weekend $100

Late Festival Registration
(Dec. 21and beyond)

WACT Member Full Weekend $95
Non WACT Member Full Weekend $110

Single session tickets will be available for $15 at a later date to be announced.

Register today

NOTE: By purchasing tickets, you and members of your party agree to adhere to BDACT’s 2022 COVID-19 Policies.


  • BDACT Box Office
    117 W. Maple Ave., Beaver Dam (920-885-6891)
    Tuesday & Thursday 10 am–4 pm

Are you a Wisconsin community theater interested in entering a show in the AACTFest competition?
Click the button below to register at the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre website.

What is AACTFest?

Mark your calendar to join your AACT theatre family for a great time—and great theatre. 

AACTFest, the festival process that culminates in a national theatre festival, is sponsored by the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) and is held in odd-numbered years. AACTFest presents a forum for community theatres from AACT’s 10 regions to enter productions for adjudication at the national level.

The first step in this process is the state-level competition.  Theatre companies present a one-act play or cutting of a play not to exceed one hour in length.  All shows will be adjudicated and a winner or winners will be chosen to advance to the regional competition for a chance to compete at the national level.   

Wisconsin’s AACTFest (WACTFest) will be held the weekend of January 20 – 22, 2023 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin at their newly renovated facility. This promises to be a great weekend of learning and magnificent theatre presented by your fellow community theatres in Wisconsin.  Each theatre presents some of the best they have to offer.

How does the competition work?

The goal of the festival weekend is to pick a Wisconsin Community Theatre Company to represent the state at the regional AACTFest competition held in Hartford, WI on April 13.

It all starts with a 10′ x 10′ box taped on the stage floor. All costumes, set pieces, props, and actors must start—and fit— inside the box. Each entry is allowed 10 minutes to set the stage, 60 minutes to perform, and 10 minutes to strike. A panel of adjudicators review each performance.

What’s included in a Festival Registration?

Each Festival Registration includes:

  • Admission to all performances on Saturday
  • Friday evening welcome mixer gathering with snacks and cash bar
  • Saturday’s build-your-own-lunch buffet
  • Saturday evening afterglow following performances with snacks and cash bar
  • Sunday Awards Brunch