Welcome to PACT!
What is PACT?
The Pennsylvania Association of
Community Theatres (PACT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the
productivity and promotion of community theatre in the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania. As an all volunteer organization, PACT's governing body is
comprised of representatives from community theatre companies from all
regions of the Commonwealth who meet in various locales to incorporate
the diverse needs of its members into the mission of the organization.
PACT is an organization for ALL community theatre companies producing
and creating within Pennsylvania.
Our MissionThe purpose of the Pennsylvania Association of
Community Theatres (PACT) shall be to cultivate a broad and general
interest in the theatre arts throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
and to identify community theatres within it and foster their general
welfare. The objectives shall be to develop services, publications and
activities that will foster the artistic and administrative growth of
these theatres and to encourage communication among them so they may
benefit from a mutual exchange of knowledge and resources.
Our MembersOur membership is comprised of individuals,
organizations and corporations in the Commonwealth who have an interest
in the promotion and conservation of community theatre. Our Board of
Directors is comprised entirely of volunteers from individual community
theatre organizations housed within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Our ActivitiesPennsylvania Association of Community Theatres
sponsors the annual PACT-Fest, which provides a presentation vehicle for
community theatres within the Commonwealth to showcase their particular
talents in performances of published or original works up to one-hour in
length. Professional adjudicators provide evaluation of the productions.
Also included within the festival are workshop sessions on performance,
technical and business aspects of theatre, a broad range of networking
opportunities and a source of encouragement and problem solving. The
festival follows the organizational guidelines of the Eastern States
Theatre Association (ESTA) and the American Association of Community
Theatre (AACT) and serves as the state predecessor to their regional and
Our Future GoalsIn addition to sponsoring the state festival,
future projects include the publication of an informational newsletter -
PACT Houses - and the development of a webpage through which we can
network and promote Pennsylvania community theatres and assist them with
production "sharing," rentals and problem solving. PACT also is working
in conjunction with ESTA to develop a format for hosting a venue to
develop original works. We welcome your suggestions regarding the needs
of your community theatre.