SETC Community Theatre Festival

SETC’s Community Theatre Festival — a three-day performance festival held each year during the annual SETC Convention — features community theatres representing the 10 southeastern states.

2019 Community Theatre Festival

The  2019 Community Theatre Festival is scheduled to take place Feb. 27 – March 1, 2019, as part of SETC’s 70th annual convention in Knoxville, TN at Austin East High School’s impressive and beautiful performance space.

Since 2019 is an AACTFest year, SETC’s two advancing productions will get the honor of representing our region at the National AACTFest 2019 in Gettysburg, PA, June 18-22, 2019.

2018 Community Theatre Festival

The 2018 Community Theatre Festival was held March 7-10, 2018, as part of SETC’s 69th annual convention in Mobile, AL at Mobile’s beautiful Saenger Theatre.


For more information, please contact:

Lyle Tate

Community Theatre Festival Chair
Phone: 662-312-3610
Email Lyle Tate

Tom Booth

Community Theatre Division Chair
Phone: 662-844-1935
Email Tom Booth

Cadie Burks

SETC Educational Services Manager
Phone: 336-272-3645
Email Cadie

Congratulations to 2018’s winners!

  • Best Production: I Am My Own Wife – Proud Mary Theatre Company, SC
  • Best Production: Paper Thin – Starkville Community Theatre, MS
  • Best Actor: Dave LaPage, I Am My Own Wife – Proud Mary Theatre Company, SC
  • Best Actress: Drew Baker, The End of a Line – Theatre Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Alabama:  South City Theatre, Doubt
  • Alabama:  Theatre Tuscaloosa, The End of a Line
  • Florida:  Venice Theatre, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton
  • Georgia:  Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, Don’t Dress for Dinner
  • Kentucky:  Actors for Children Theatre, Flowers for Algernon
  • Mississippi:  Center Players Community Theatre, Second Lady
  • Mississippi:  Starkville Community Theatre, Paper Thin
  • South Carolina:  Aiken Community Playhouse, The Last Five Years
  • South Carolina:  Proud Mary Theatre Company, I Am My Own Wife
  • West Virginia:  M. T. Pockets Theatre, Women on Fire

2018 Adjudicators

Anthony Christian Daniel

Anthony is a New York City based Director / Casting Director. Most recently, he made his New York City directorial debut with the sold-out return production of Jason Robert Brown’s Songs for a New World. His production of Sister Act at the Mac-Haydn Theatre was a Berkshire Theatre Award Nominee for Most Outstanding Musical Production. Recently he served as the Associate Director to Matt Lenz on the National Tour of CHEERS! Live on Stage as well as the Broadway-bound Chasing Rainbows: The Road to Oz. He has also served as Associate Director to Shaun Kerrison on productions of Mary Poppins featuring Tony Nominee Christiane Noll and the new American Premiere of Cameron Mackintosh’s The Witches of Eastwick, which featured a Broadway star-studded cast and Emmy Award Winner Sally Struthers. As a performer, Anthony has toured the globe in productions of Disney’s Mary PoppinsFiddler on the RoofGrease, and was an original cast member of the World Premiere production of Disney’s High School Musical.  His regional credits include performing at theatres such as the St. Louis MUNY, Riverside Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, North Shore Music Theatre, Atlanta TOTS, among others. Currently Anthony serves as the resident Casting Director for Ogunquit Playhouse, is on Faculty at The Growing Studio in NYC and is the Founder/Director of the Audition Success Coaching Workshops.

Tammy Killian

WIU’s Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance, Tammy Killian, is a native of Alabama. She received her BA in Theatre/Art from Birmingham-Southern College and her MFA in Acting/Theatre from Florida Atlantic University.

Tammy was LSUA’s Howard and Eloise Mulder Endowed Chair in 2016-17. At LSUA Tammy designed THE GLASS MENAGERIE and directed THE TEMPEST.

At WIU Tammy has directed SHOWCASE: New Friends I, II, and IV; produced 35 productions; served on the Provost Think Tank; and spearheaded the T&D Recruitment Committee.

Tammy was on faculty at the University of Montevallo from 2007-14. There she directed THE COMEDIE OF ERRORS, THE HEIDI CHRONICLES, HEARTBREAK HOUSE, THE BACCHAE, DEAD CITY, FIVE WOMEN WEARING THE SAME DRESS and ON THE VERGE. Tammy was the faculty sponsor for The White Cardigan Club (WCC) and in each January 2009 – 2014 she produced WCC’s Winter New Play Festivals. Tammy was the recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award from the College of Fine Arts at UM; she received a Dean’s Grant to create an online Intro to Theatre course; she also received a Faculty Summer Grant to research New Play Development.

In 2015 Tammy’s short play BARBARA IN THE GARBAGE was published in Disparate Voices: Spectral Sisters Short Play Anthology. Tammy’s play MY SUMMER WITH TENNESSEE WILLIAMS will be produced by Spectral Sisters Productions in the fall of 2017.

In the summer of 2011 Tammy was the Assistant Director/Stage Manager for City Equity Theatre’s production of RACE and in 2010 she played Nancy in CET’s production of THE SECRETS OF A SOCCER MOM. Also in the summer of 2010 Tammy had the fantastic opportunity to be a member of a company comprised of Alat Etc and Auburn University at Montgomery Theatre Department which under the amazing leadership of Neil David Seibel developed a new devised play entitled THE DAUGHTERS OF ABRAHAM.

Other favorite directing credits include SLEUTH at the Peterborough Players, NH with Gus Kaikkonen and Michael Page; WIND IN THE WILLOWS also at Peterborough Players, NH; HEY COW! at the Looking Glass Theatre in NYC; and HAVING OUR SAY which was City Park Players’ entry in the AACT Festival in 2003 and for which Tammy won the SWTFA regional directing award.

Tammy is the Past President of The Alabama Conference of Theatres (2013-2014) and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.

She lives in Macomb, IL with her soulful daughter, Kate and their silly dog, Tucker.

Katrina Ploof

Katrina Ploof is a freelance theatre professional based in Orlando, FL and has directed and choreographed over 200 productions in the U.S. and Canada. She came to directing after an extensive acting career, appearing in National Tours and Regional Theatre productions of works by Chekov, Shaw, Sondheim, Ibsen, Wilder, Wasserstein and McNally.

As a writer, she has collaborated on adaptations of works for young people by Charles Dickens and Kenneth Graham, and an original work about the travels of an extraordinary giraffe who became the first resident of the Paris Zoo.

In 2013 Katrina received Best Actress honors at the Florida Theatre Conference, Southeastern Theatre Conference and AACTFest for her performance in William Goldman’s solo play, Golda’s Balcony. In 2017 Katrina received Best Director honors at the Florida Theatre Conference and Southeastern Theatre Conference for her direction of The Amish Project.

She is a native of the great state of Maine and the daughter of a music teacher and a vocalist.


“As director of a new theatre company, I’ve found the SETC Community Theatre Festival to be constructive, well-run and a terrific way to network and grow. Actors for Children Theatre has had an enjoyable experience the past two years and we hope to be back!”
– Sarah Diamond Burroway, Actors for Children Theatre