Host Venue: Gettysburg Community Theatre

49 York Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325


Host Hotel: The Gettysburg Hotel

One Lincoln Square, Gettysburg, PA 17325


PA STATE FEST as part of the American Association Of Community Theatre 2023 National Festival Cycle


March 2-5, 2023


Gettysburg Community Theatre

49 York Street

Gettysburg, PA 17325

Festival Registration and more details available soon!

All entries for PACTfest2023 must become an organizational member of PACT and also of AACT, and all entries/festivals must follow the AACT Festival Handbook during the national year fest cycle of 2023.

Click HERE for the Festival Hanbook.


Note: The information below reflects the traditional organization of the national festival.

Festival Process

The festival process is conducted and guided by AACT through the Vice President for Festivals, the Festival Commission Chair, the Festival Commission and assigned staff.
AACT staff provide information and certificates, and confirms membership and/or fee payment status for all entering companies.

Festival Goals

To provide an optimum learning experience through festival entry, which affirms, supports, and nurtures community theatre companies as they strive toward excellence in theatrical productions.
To stimulate and inspire community theatre companies to strive for the best work possible and to recognize them for their achievement through an appropriate adjudication process.
To provide a learning experience in artistic, technical, and management areas for people in attendance through performances, adjudication, and workshops.
To develop enlightened and discerning audiences for community theatre.

Many criteria are in place to achieve the aforementioned goals. Among the most significant are:

All theatre companies must meet the same eligibility standards and requirements.
Maximum time limits are 60 minutes performance time; 10 minutes set-up time and 10 minutes strike time.
Qualified and impartial adjudicators are essential to the success and fairness of the festival process.
A production must be performed in the same form as previously adjudicated.
The house must be closed during each performance.
The Festival Commission Representative will make the final determination in all matters of dispute during a festival.

More Information

The AACTFest Handbook and related forms are available in Acrobat/PDF form from the AACTFest Handbook page.

View the HANDBOOK by clicking HERE!

Questions about the festival process may be addressed to the AACT Office at