MACT produces a festival of community theatrical offerings. Winners have the option of attending regional and national festivals.

MACT is a statewide, volunteer run organization which holds meetings, workshops, festivals and other events throughout the state of Minnesota. Its mission is:

  • to promote standards of excellence in theatrical endeavors in Minnesota communities;
  • to encourage, channel and facilitate the exchange of ideas among theatres to better foster their growth and improvement; and
  • to encourage the theatre arts through educational devices such as workshops, festivals, contests, conferences and other means.

The Minnesota Association of Community Theatres biennial play festivals began in 1973 in St Louis Park. The first winner, Theatre in the Round, also won the regional and national festivals and performed at the World Festival of Amateur Theatre in Monaco. A Rule change in 1993 allows state festivals with ten or more theatre participants to send two theatres to the Region Festival. Five Minnesota productions have advanced to the National Festival and to two international Festivals.

The Fliehr Award

In February of 1998, as part of its 25th anniversary year, MACT established a lifetime achievement award recognizing distinguished service to Minnesota Community Theatre. The award was named the Fliehr Award in honor of Kay and Richard Fliehr, lifelong community theatre promoters and organizers across the country. Theatre in the Round, the Guthrie, MACT, ACTA, AACT and many other theatres and organizations benefitted from the Fliehrs’ knowledge, devotion, energy and excitement in the art and craft of theatre.

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