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ACT-CO Festival & Gala
  2018/2019 Adjudications Completed / Scheduled      
    2018 2019    
    Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr Total  
   Comedy:  3 / 3 7 / 7 - / - - / - 5 / 5 2 / 2 - / - 17 / 17  
   Drama:  1 / 1 2 / 2 1 / 1 2 / 2 4 / 4 3 / 3 - / - 13 / 13  
   Musical:  - / - 5 / 5 1 / 1 2 / 2 3 / 3 - / - - / - 11 / 11  
   Total:  4 / 4 14 / 14 2 / 2 4 / 4 12 / 12 5 / 5 - / - 41 / 41  
2018/2019 Festival
One Page Schedule - Full
2018/2019 DOCUMENTS
Festival Pkg PDF
Festival Pkg docx
Entry Form PDF
Entry Form docx
Award Eligibility PDF
Award Eligibility docx
Award Categories
Feedback Form PDF
Feedback Form docx
Code of Conduct
Board Duties
How to Purchase a THEA
40th Annual THEA Awards Gala


Announcement Package: PDF

Where: Avani Event Centre, 8400 Jane St., Vaughan  Map
When:  Saturday, April 06, 2019
Time:  Cocktails: 5:00pm | Dinner: 6:00pm | Awards: 8:00pm

Order Tickets:      Friday, March 22, 2019
Submit Show Photos: Friday, March 22, 2019
Sponsor a THEA:     Friday, March 22, 2019
Sponsor the Gala:   Friday, March 15, 2019

Order Form: PDF


  • 04:30 PM: Cash Bar
    • hors d’oeuvres served in the Lobby
  • 6:00 PM: Dinner
      • 1 Red, 1 White Bottle of Wine
      • Soft Drinks, Juices, Coffee, Expresso, Tea
      • Malaysian Salad Vegetarian spring roll, mixed greens, sliced mango drizzled with mango chutney
      • Bruschetta: Sliced French loaf topped with diced tomato, garlic and parmesan cheese
      • Specialty Bread Basket: An assortment of specialty breads and rolls
      • Regular Meal:
        • Ravioli: Meat filled in a tomato or cream sauce Arugula and Spinach Risotto- Chopped arugula, spinach and Reggiano Parmigiano cheese
        • Penne in a delicious Tomato Basil Sauce
      • Regular Meal:
        • Cornish Hen: 1⁄2 Rock Cornish hen stuffed with a vegetable ratatouille in a rosemary glaze
        • Chef selection of seasonal vegetables and potatoes
        • Stir Fry:
          • The ingredients for the stir-fry are very simple and are both gluten and Dairy free
          • White rice with mixed vegetables (no eggs)
          • Soy sauce for flavoring. ​
      • Regular Meal:
        • To Be Announced
        •  Lemon Sorbert 

       * Vegan meals are gluten free and do not contain msg. 

Letter & Sponsorship Package: PDF

Form: PDF

Info: PDF

Letter requesting donations: PDF 
Donation Form: PDF


2019 Theatre Ontario Festival












THEATRE ONTARIO FESTIVAL May 15 - 19, 2019, Richmond Hill, ON

Co-hosted by:
Theatre Ontario / ACT-CO / The Curtain Club
at The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts 


Carolee Mason 

Performances: (Plays to be announced in due course)
Wed May 15.. ACT-CO

Thu May 16.. QUONTA
Fri May 17.. EODL
Sat May 18.. WODL
Sun May 19.. Awards Presentation

Attention ACT-CO Members: Nominations are now open for the Michael Spence Award.

  • Theatre Ontario's Michael Spence Award for Contribution to Community Theatre is presented annually for outstanding contribution to community theatre in a Region (ACT-CO, WODL, CODL, QUONTA) over a sustained time.
  • The award is presented to someone from the Region that is hosting that year's Theatre Ontario Festival.
  • This year ACT-CO is co-hosting, so any ACT-CO Group may nominate one of their members for this award.
  • DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: January 31, 2019.
  • Click  for complete information on the Theatre Ontario website.
About Festival
ACT-CO is the Association of Community Theatres-Central Ontario. We are a not-for-profit umbrella organization for 33 theatre groups. Our region stretches from Oakville in the West, Bowmanville in the East, Muskoka in the North, and Lake Ontario in the South.

Our main focus is education, but we also provide various services to our member groups including input into Community Theatre at the provincial level through our membership in Theatre Ontario. We provide workshops in various aspects of theatre such as set design, producing, audition techniques, etc.

Our most visible educational activity however, is our Festival. Our festival usually has 40 to 45 productions entered as a Musical, a Drama or a Comedy. Each production entered in the festival receives an adjudication by a working theatre professional. The adjudicators attend one performance of each show in their category. Following the performance they will spend approximately twenty minutes with the general audience in a public adjudication to give a high level overview of the production and some of their observations and highlights. The adjudicator will then have an in-depth dialogue with the members of the production and the company about the performance they just viewed. This is meant to give the group ideas and suggestions on ways to move their performances forward, and continue producing top-notch theatre for both theirs and their audience's benefit.

The festival culminates each year in April at our Annual THEA Awards Gala when the adjudicators** are asked to select nominations and winners in a number of categories to recognize outstanding performances and achievements from the season. These awards, called THEAs, are presented at the Gala. A further job of our adjudicators is to select what they consider to be the best production of our Festival. The group selected will represent the ACT-CO region at the annual Theatre Ontario Festival in May.

** Neither the ACT-CO Festival Chair nor the ACT-CO Board of Directors are involved in the selection of nominations or winners. Adjudicators are hired for their theatre knowledge and expertise: the decision is theirs and theirs alone. The Adjudicators make their own decision regarding nominees and winners in their respective category. The Adjudicators then debate the merits of the best production in each category, and reach consensus in the order in which the productions will be approached to represent the region. The ACT-CO Festival Chair is present for the discussion but does not provide input.
ACT-CO Theatre Ontario Festival Entries
Each year, the ACT-CO Adjudicators, select a Best Production in each of the Comedy, Drama, and Musical categories. They then choose one of these to be ACT-CO's entry in the Theatre Ontario Festival. If none of the three Best Productions choose to take their show to the TO Festival, the Adjudicators, at their descretion, choose an alternate.

Click here for the chart of past TO Festival entries..
History of the THEA award

At the Fourth Annual Theatre Arts Ball ("The Gala") on April 12, 1980 (at the Grand Ballroom of The Sheraton Centre in Toronto) the THEA award statuette was débuted. The THEA was designed by Michael Beatovich and was cast in aluminum by Dominion Regalia in Toronto (and has been cast and produced by them ever since).
Until the 2011/2012 Season, ACT-CO awarded 44 THEA's every year at the Gala. Beginning with the 2012/2013 Season, a Stage Management THEA was added, and an additional THEA was added to the Best Producton (one statue for the Group, and one for the Producer) in each of the three categories, bringing the total to 50.

Our cost to cast and produce each THEA:
1980: $15.00
2006: $51.47
2011: $65.82
2015: $78.93
The rising cost of each THEA is absorbed in the cost of producing the Festival and contributes to the fee charged for each adjudication.

We have no record of how much the original mold cost, but it is now showing quite a bit of wear (having been used to cast over 1830 THEA statuettes) and will have to be replaced sometime soon.

  THEAs are awarded for Best in the following way:  
      Comedy Drama Musical  
  * Production xx xx xx  
  Director x x x  
  Musical Director     x  
  Choreographer     x  
  Stage Manager x x x  
  Set Designer x x x  
  Lighting Designer x x x  
  Sound Designer x x x  
  Costume Designer x x x  
  Actor - Leading x x x  
  Actor - Supporting x x x  
  Actress - Leading x x x  
  Actress - Supporting x x x  
  Adjudicator Awards xxxx xxxx xxxx  
  Awards Categories: 14   THEAs Awarded: 50  
  * For Best Production, one THEA is awarded to the Group, and one THEA is awarded to the Producer(s).

When more than one, but less than five, persons are NAMED as the award winners, up to three additional THEAs may be purchased by the Group. Click here for the rules.

[ Information correct as at July 2017 ]
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