The Walter Trumbauer Secondary Theatre Festival

The Walter Trumbauer Festival has provided quality training and performance opportunities for Alabama theatre students at the secondary level since 1940.  The educational impact of this event is substantial. The festival consists of 30 individual events, a one act play festival, a studio theatre one act play festival—all for 9th through 12thgrades, as well as scholarship auditions and college screening for high school seniors and junior college students. Students qualify for the state competition by earning a rating of “superior” at one of seven district festivals. At all levels of competition, students receive critiques from qualified teachers, professionals and theatre practitioners, allowing them to improve their theatrical skills. The state festival kicks off with the scholarship audition session on Thursday evening. High school seniors and junior college students compete for six$1000 ACT Scholarships. Friday and Saturday events culminate in an Awards Ceremony where trophies, plaques, medals, and other awards are presented to recognize outstanding work in technical categories and performance areas. Two one act productions are chosen to represent Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference in the spring.

Secondary District Trumbauer Festivals 2016 Dates and Locations

District 1 – November 5 – Lee High School, Huntsville

District 2 – November 5 – Corner High School, Dora

District 3 – November 5 – Florence High School, Florence

District 4 – November 5 – Opelika High School, Opelika

District 5 – November 5 – W.P. Davidson High School, Mobile

District 6 – November 5 – Pelham High School, Pelham

District 7 – November 5 – Northeast Alabama Community College, Rainsville

State Trumbauer Festival 2016 Dates & Location

Senior Scholarship Auditions – December 1, University of North Alabama, Florence

State Trumbauer Festival – December 2 & 3, University of North Alabama, Florence

2016 Trumbauer Manuals will be available on-line August 20th.


Below are links to the awards for the 2015 Walter Trumbauer State Secondary Theatre Festival:

2015 Walter Trumbauer State IE Awards

Studio Theatre State Awards 2015


Below are links to the schedules for the 2015 Walter Trumbauer State Secondary Theatre Festival Individual Events, Studio Theatre & One-Act Play Festival:

Friday Individual Events 2105

Saturday Individual Events 2015

Studio Theatre Schedule 2015

One-Act Plays 2015 State Schedule

One-Act Programs Saturday

One Act Programs Friday

Studio Theatre Programs Saturday

Studio Theatre Programs Friday

Secondary District Trumbauer Festivals 2015 Dates and Locations

District 1 – November 6 & 7 – Lee High School

District 2 – November 7 – Corner High School

District 3 – November 7 – Austin High School

District 4 – November 7 – Opelika High School

District 5 – November 7 – AL Southern Community College, Monroeville

District 6 – November 7 – Mountain Brook High School


SEPTEMBER 2: Trumbauer Online Registration Opens.  A link to that registration will be available on the ACT website ( on that day. Judges Forms Available online for completion. Send district judge registration to your District Chair and state judge forms to Clint Merritt (

SEPTEMBER  2: ACT Scholarship Audition Forms available for download on the ACT website.

OCTOBER  9: District Registration Closes Online and Fees Due to ED. Schools may also pay at District Festival IF ED has a PO# or Check # in advance. NO REFUNDS given once registration confirmed online.

OCTOBER 16:  Executive Director sends Trumbauer District Registration to District Chairs.

NOVEMBER 6 & 7: District Festivals

NOVEMBER 9 : District Chairs send ALL State Qualifiers names/events/schools to ED via email. This report is due the Monday after your District Festival is held!

NOVEMBER 11: State Registration opens online.


1. Final program revisions due.  No refunds given after registration confirmed.

2. Completed STATE Trumbauer Judge Form for District_Download due to Clint Merritt (, Festival Vice-Chair.

NOVEMBER 17: State registration closes online. No refunds given after registration confirmed

NOVEMBER 23:  State Fee Payment Due! Remember Membership Fees are only paid once.  

All checks/cash for fees must be received by the date of your first student’s competition, otherwise the student cannot compete.  In case of emergency, notify the ED or Festival Chair IN WRITING prior to Nov. 23.

DECEMBER. 3:  ACT Scholarship Auditions at Troy University (Chair: Chris Peck:

DECEMBER 4-5:  Trumbauer State Festival, Troy University (Chair: Jamie Stephenson,

Playwriting Deadlines: Playwriting entries must be sent electronically to the District Chair two weeks before district competition. Playwriting entries for State must be sent electronically to the Secondary Chair by the second Friday after the District Competition.


2015 Director Manual  (Walter Trumbauer Information for Theatre Teachers)

2015 Judge Manual (Judging Information, Event Information & Judge Ballots)

2015 Tech Manual (Supplemental Tech IE Information)

2015 District Chair Manual (District Chair Guidelines)

Link to Online Registation (

On-Line Tools

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