Gettysburg Community Theatre Founding Executive/Artistic Director Chad-Alan Carr has been honored with the Shining Star Award by the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT).
The 2020 AACT National Awards will be presented at an awards ceremony during the AACTFest 2021 National Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, June 14–19, 2021.
The AACT Shining Star award recognizes an individual AACT member who has had a significant impact on the advancement of AACT and its mission through leadership and service on a national level.
Carr was honored for his work facilitating the first two Youth Summits for AACT, and for chairing the first-ever Youth Festival at AACTFest 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota. Carr has also directed the Eastern States Regional Premiere of the Penguin Project (theatre for youth with special needs), chartered the International Thespian Troup #7640 for Gettysburg Area High School, and served as a board member for the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres, Eastern States Theatre Association, and AACT.
In the summer of 2019, Chad-Alan and the Gettysburg Community Theatre hosted the National AACTFest, prompting glowing praise for the week-long event.
AACT represents the interests of more than 7,000 theatres across the United States and its territories, as well as theatre companies with the U.S. Military Services overseas.