CU professor named adjudicator for national theatre festival

Scott Richard Klein, Chair and Professor of Theatre at Cameron University, has been selected to serve as an adjudicator at the national AACTFest, presented by the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). As an adjudicator, Klein will join two other acclaimed theatre professionals to provide constructive critiques of the productions performed at AACTFest in Rochester, NY in June 2011.

Klein, who joined the Cameron faculty in 1989, has been serving as an AACT adjudicator since 1995. He has also been an adjudicator for Oklahoma High School One Act competitions. He has directed more than 125 productions and has acted in more than 80. The Minnesota native is a member of the board of directors for the Lawton Community Theatre, where he is active as a director and an actor, and maintains memberships with the Oklahoma Community Theatre Association, the Texas Non-Profit Theatres Association, and the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communications Association. He has received the Lawton Arts and Humanities Council Educator in the Arts award and the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communications Outstanding College Theatre Educator award.

Adjudicators must have a wide range of theatrical experience and training, must adhere to strict guidelines and must read each play to be presented in advance of the production. Plays are to be adjudicated based on the overall performance with acting and directing as the major elements. All types of productions (comedy, drama, original works, musicals, revues, avant-garde, “controversial,” etc.) are acceptable entries to the festival and must be considered on a similar basis, with the best production being the one most fully realizing all production values and criteria. Technical competence is also given consideration as to its effectiveness as an integral part of the total production experience.

AACT is the national voice of community theatre, representing the interests of more than 7,000 theatres across the United States and its territories, as well as theatre companies with the armed forces overseas. AACTFest, held every two years, features representatives from AACT's 10 regions and results in awards of excellence and invitations for participants to perform at theatre festivals in other parts of the world.


June 25, 2010