2014 Annual Conference

Clayton Center for the Arts  |  Maryville, TN

Theatre for youth Festival 2014

Impulse by Cameron Hite

Distinguished Service Award 2014

The Clayton Center for the Arts

Distinguished Achievement Award 2014

Kenton Yeager

AACTFest Community Theatre Festival

Winner: "Other Desert Cities", Cookeville Performing Arts Center

Secondary School Festival

Scholarship Winner: Alex Skye Durham
Best Actor: Jess Darnell- Montgomery Bell Academy (MBA)
Best Actress: Madison Alexander- Christian Brothers High School
Excellence in Technical Theatre- Wonderland- Cordova High School
Judges' Recognition for Ensemble: The Guardians for Fifth Sun from Montgomery Bell Academy

3rd Place: The Heiress - Cookeville High School
2nd Place: The Fifth Sun- Montgomery Bell Academy
1st Place: Wonderland- Cordova High School

All-Star Cast
Emily Tuverson- Stewarts Creek High School
James Matthews- Montgomery Bell Academy
Malorie Garrett- Memphis Central High School
Mikayla Thompson- McGavock High School
Logan Wesson- South Gibson High School
Miranda Dyer- Cordova High School
Emily Helton- Cookeville High School
Bayley Whitehouse- White Station High School
Keyana Miller- Cordova High School
Claire McNatt- Chester County High School
Eliza Trost- Montgomery Bell Academy
Brien Deaton- Cordova High School
Hallie Storms- White Station High School
Roland Donnelly-Bullington - Memphis Central High School
Jacob Roberts- Cookeville High School
Jordan Plumb- LaVergne High School
Santesha Ezell- McGavock High School
Zac Collum- Donelson Christian Academy
Jahdiel Graham- Christian Brothers High School

2014 Guest Artist


Kenton Yeager, founder of Yeagerlabs, was our guest artist at the 2014 conference.

Kenton led a discussion about Yeagerlabs and how to put a model theatre space in your classroom.  Model theatre spaces teach students about theatre, especially if you don't always have access to a life size theatre.

Over the past 30 years, Kenton has designed or produced more than 600 events for the Corporate World, Theatre, Dance, Music, Weddings, Industrials, Churches, Festivals, and Tours both nationally and internationally.

As an educator, he has taught design master classes at more than 40 Universities, served on the faculty at Penn State, and was Chair/Artistic Director of the Interlochen Arts Camps’ Department of Theater.  He has taught over 100 workshops, including lighting workshops in Berlin, Munich, Salzburg, Prague, Avignon, Mexico City, and Amsterdam. 

Kenton created and heads the Masters Program in Entertainment Lighting Design and Technology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he lives very happily with his wonderful wife and his two fabulous children.