Shining Star Award

Shining Star
Recognizes an individual AACT Member with significant leadership & service on a national level

The AACT Shining Star award recognizes an individual AACT Member who has had a significant impact on the advancement of AACT and its mission through leadership and service on a national level. This new award is open to all ages and years of service, and will complement AACT’s growing national outreach to younger participants, and provides a way of encouraging and recognizing the service of those who may not yet qualify for any of AACT's  more long-term awards.

2018 Honoree
Photo of Kristi QuinnKristi Quinn, Dakota City, NE
Kristi is a board member of the Nebraska Association of Community Theatre and has served multiple terms on the AACT Board of Directors, including as Vice President of Festivals for four years. She has served on the AACT Festival Commission, representing AACT at festivals throughout the United States and Region X (Europe), and was selected as an adjudicator for the 2017 AACTFest National Festival. Kristi has participated in multiple AACT training and educational conferences and has served as a member of task force groups for Festivals, AACT SWOT Analysis, and the Employee Manual.

2018 Honoree
Photo of Nancy EppertNancy Eppert, Independence, MO
Nancy became an official member of AACT in 2003. She coordinated the Artistic Directors Conference in 2006 and the Education Directors Conference in 2008. In 2009, Nancy became Chair of AACT’s Education Committee and coordinated AACT’s first Technical Theatre Conference. She was a strong advocate in the creation and implementation of the AACTEd Hours program, and served on the Advocacy, Membership, and Workshop Committees, as well as several ad hoc committees and task force groups. Nancy has served as a Member at Large on the AACT Board of Directors and as the AACT Region V Representative to the AACT Board for the past four years.

Participating in theatre gives Nancy a safe place to express ideas, an outlet for deep emotions, and a family of like-minded people.

2018 Honoree
Photo of Sara PhoenixSara Phoenix, Tulsa, OK
Sara has served on AACT committees since 2009, including Workshop, Education, and Festival Adjudication. She was elected to the AACT Board in 2013 and re-elected in 2016. She has chaired the Education Committee for the past five years, and also serves as a member of the Executive Committee. Sara was co-facilitator of AACT’s first Youth Summit in 2015 and continues to provide guidance to AACT’s growing youth programs. She guided the creation of AACT’s first Youth Festival in 2017, allowing youth and adults to mix and learn from each other at the AACTFest National Festival. Sara’s leadership with the 2017 National Festival was also instrumental in organizing a Youth Leadership Conference, a Monologue Competition, expanding the AACTFest Design Competition, bolstering festival workshops, and revitalizing a “kindred groups program” into AACTChats.

Sara is a Shining Star whose brightness leads the way into AACT’s future.




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