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 Director Manual

2016 Tech Manual

2016 Judge Manual

District Chair Manual

Link to Online Registation (


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SEPTEMBER 1: Trumbauer Online Registration Opens.  2016 BLANK JUDGE FORM Judges Forms Available online for completion. Send district judge registration to your District Chair and state judge forms to Jeff Glass (

SEPTEMBER  1: ACT Scholarship Audition Forms available for download on the ACT website under the Scholarship Tab.

OCTOBER  7: 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 7: ACT Scholarship Application Form and Fees Due to ED. Students will receive confirmation of registration via email after registration is closed. Go to the Scholarship Tab for the link to the form.

OCTOBER 14:  Executive Director sends Trumbauer District Registration to District Chairs.

NOVEMBER  5: District Festivals

NOVEMBER 7 : 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 9: State Registration opens online.


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

2. Completed STATE Trumbauer Judge Form due to Jeff Glass(, Festival Vice-Chair.

NOVEMBER 15: State registration closes online. No refunds given after registration confirmed.

NOVEMBER 21:  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. 21.

DECEMBER 1:  ACT Scholarship Auditions at UAB (Chair: Valerie Accetta:

DECEMBER 2-3:  Trumbauer State Festival, University of North Alabama (Chair: Clint Merritt,

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 by Google Docs to the Secondary Chair by the second Friday after the District Competition.