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ACT Adjudication Program Information

Save the Date! 

Mark your calendars for the 2024 Winter Forum, presented by the Long Range Judging Committee 

When: Saturday, February 24, 2024 10:00am - 1:00pm ET

Where: Village Players of Fort Thomas

8 N Ft Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075

This year’s forum will be a live, in-person event hosted at 8 North Center for the Arts, Village Players of Fort Thomas’ home in Fort Thomas, KY. Attendees will get the chance to listen and ask questions of some of the most respected and knowledgeable people in our community as they talk about their areas of expertise. 

Though the forum’s purpose is to help educate responders and ACT group presidents on what responders should be looking for when coming to see shows and how they should be responding to those observables, anyone involved in community theater- either onstage or offstage- will benefit from these presentations. Plus, there will be food! It’s a win-win.

This year’s presenters and topics are:

  • An introduction to intimacy coordinators with Torie Wilkins

  • Music direction 101 or “Conductors: not just for trains” with Linda Abbott

  • Blocking for thrust/in the round, also known as “Corners are your friend” with Jerry Wiesenhahn

Looking forward to seeing everyone there for what will undoubtedly be an informative and exciting forum!


The ACT Adjudication Program is central to ACT’s core mission of "Connect, Educate, Recognize". The “Judging Program”, as it is commonly referred to, was created in order to encourage the continued growth and development of quality community theater through a process of positive feedback, constructive criticism and peer recognition. The focus of the program is on education through constructive criticism.

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Through this program, ACT provides three adjudicators to attend each member group’s productions. The adjudicators are assigned by the Judging Assistants under the supervision of the 2nd Vice President. Adjudicators are drawn from a pool of fellow community theater performers and technicians as well as professors from local colleges and universities. After viewing the show, the adjudicators submit a written critique covering 23 production and performance areas. The 2nd Vice President reviews the three critiques and then forwards them to the member groups who often chose to share the critiques with all of the cast and crew members of the production. It is hoped that each critique will provide useful tips and feedback that performers and production staff can draw from on future theatrical endeavors.

Link to the Orchid Nomination Form and other documents can be found on our Forms page. We have also created a central location for all groups' playbills/programs, located here.

In addition to the critique, the adjudicators also nominate deserving performers and technicians for Orchid Awards. The Orchid Awards recognize outstanding performances and technical work within the production. If two of the adjudicators nominate the same performance or production area, the person responsible receives an Orchid Award certificate at the annual ACT Banquet.

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