Apr 282015

Beverley Lord April 15aita/iata joins all AACT members to offer very warm congratulations to Beverly Lord for the honour she has received from the aita/iata National Centre AACT (American Association of Community Theatre). It is given to those members of AACT who have significantly contributed to the idea and ideal of community theatre over a period of years.

The press release with more information is HERE.

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Mar 282015

Kathleen Maldonado, Regional Representative for NARA (North America Region) has sent information about a Senior Theatre Resource Centre designed for the very thriving world of Senior Theatre in the USA.

This is an on-line resource from Art Age Publications for those from both the amateur and professional theatre worlds and gives information about scripts, books, productions, festivals, awards etc.

For those interested in this fast growing sector this is a good resource to Continue reading »

Jun 052014
Kathleen Maldonado

Kathleen Maldonado

Kathie Maldonado of Alto is being honoured with the Mort Clark International Achievement Award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). The award will be presented at an awards ceremony during the AACT International Theatre Festival (aactWorldFest 2014) in Venice, FL June 16 – 21, 2014. Continue reading »

Aug 162013

Message from President Merja Laaksovirta, on behalf of aita/iata.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you that our friend and longtime companion in theatre, Mr.Ross Rowland has fallen into the eternal sleep. He was a warm human being and a man of compassion with a great commitment to amateur theatre and to aita/iata. He will be remembered especially as the neutral chair of many of our Congresses. He ran our proceedings with a lawyer´s sophistication and style.

I have only good memories of him.

May Ross rest in peace.

”There is no stream as swift as life. It´s evening, when you come to cross the River”


L. Ross Rowland, 67 of Muncie, IN (formerly Shelbyville) passed away in August  2013.

He was born October 9, 1945 in New Castle, the son of William K. Rowland and Jeanne (Rowland) Herd of Fort Myers, FL. He is preceded in death by his father and step-parents, E. Don Herd and Lou Rowland and a step-sister, Donna Hunter.

Survivors include his mother; his sister, Jan (husband Mike) Asher of Shelbyville; his brother, Bill (wife Diane) of Nassau Bay, TX; his step-brother, Rickey Herd of Salinas, CA.

Other survivors include: nephews Scott (wife Christina) Asher and Brian (wife Lori) Asher, both of Shelbyville and nieces, Angie (husband Tim) Dagley of Nassau Bay, TX and Becca (husband Mark) Withey of Arvada, CO.

Ross was a trial attorney for Rowland & Doyle in Muncie for nearly 40 years and a Public Defender for Delaware County for the past 10 years. He graduated from Shelbyville High School (1963), Hanover College and Indiana University Law School.

Theatre was the passion and joy of his life at the local, state, national and international levels. He is the past president of the American Association of Community Theatre, where he was the proud recipient of a lifetime achievement award earlier this summer.

He is also past president of the Indiana Community Theatre League, Muncie Civic Theatre, Heartland Stage Company and the Delaware County Council for the Arts.

As president of Theatre USA, he represented the US in all functions for the International Association of Amateur Theatre. He was a world-renown adjudicator at numerous international festivals, including Japan, Korea, Germany and Ireland.

Ross enjoyed summer vacations with family and visiting beaches throughout the world. He enjoyed entertaining his friends with his special annual Christmas card.

In lieu of flowers, Ross requests that well-wishers contribute to their local civic theatres or other theatre-related organizations.  A celebration of life will be held at Muncie Civic Theatre, 216 E. Main St. Muncie, IN 47305 at noon on September 28, 2013.

From Julie Crawford, AACT Executive Director: Announcement by Jan & Mike Asher (sister and husband of Ross) SHELBYMASHER@YAHOO.COM


Should you wish to make a contribution to AACT in memory of Ross, go to www.aact2.org or mail a check to the AACT office.

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Jun 102013

The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) announces its 2014 World Festival to be held in Venice, Florida June 16 – 21. AACTWorldFest is a global community theatre festival of amateur theatre that occurs in the USA every four years. Next year’s festival program at the Venice Theatre will include 30 performances by 15 international troupes, workshops & master classes, discussion forums and social events. Continue reading »

Oct 312012
Midland Community Theatre, Texas, USA

Summary of aita/iata EB and Council meeting

The aita/iata EB and Council met in Midland, Texas between 25 – 27 October 2012. The gathering was hosted by the Midland Community Theatre (MCT) and the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT).

Hurricane Sandy prevented some members from attending, but European and North American representatives were kept very busy moving through the lengthy list of agenda items over the three-day period. Continue reading »