2016 Annual Conference

Freed-Hardeman University Renaissance Center  |  Dickson, TN

2016 Festival Results

TTA Distinguished Service Award 2016 Recipient

Meleia Lewis

Theatre for youth festival

Showmanceby Corrie Anne Lammel and Eric French - The Theatre Bug


AACTFest Community Theatre Festival - Awards

Best Production
The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord - Cookeville Performing Arts Center


Secondary School Festival

Best Supporting Actress:  Josephine Secord
Best Supporting Actor:  Tristan Whitney

Best Actress:  Lauren Coppersmith
Best Actor:  Ethan Ross

Best Direction:  McGavock High School, Wiley and the Hairy Man
Excellence for Ensemble:  McGavock High School, Wiley and the Hairy Man
Excellence in Technical Theatre:  Stuarts Creek High School, She Kills Monsters

3rd place:  She Kills Monsters, Stewarts Creek High School
Runner-up:  Mother Hicks, Nashville School of the Arts
Winner:  Wiley and the Hairy Man, McGavock High School

All- Star Cast:
Ashley Allen and Emmanuel Bates - White Station High School
Dina Elias and Taylor Roberts - Cordova High School
Kelly Walker and Alexander Peftouudis - University School of Jackson
Katie Earnest and Dylan Stovall - Nolensville High School
Marble Lindsey and Ethan Ross - McGavock High School
Shania Hart and Danny Hollingsworth - South Gibson High School
Marcella Jones and Joseph Nestler - Nashville School of the Arts
Ellison Freeman and Trenton Jiles - Evangelical Christian High School
Tristin Hicks and Celina Copeland - Stewarts Creek High School
Abby Thompson and Leucas Gouvitsa - Signal Mountain High School
Sam Hilliard and Jacob Washington - Collierville High School
Gideon McManus and Abbie Bayless - Chester County High School
Samantha Reid and Kyle Cumberton - Cleveland High School
Charlotte Staggs and Jackson Long - Harpeth Hall
Meredith Binkley and Logan Reed - Wilson Central High School
Max Thielemier and Grant Caldwell - Christian Brothers High School

2016 Guest Artist


An East TN native, David Dwyer has made a career in film, television, and theatre. David has been an active Screen Actors Guild member for 29 years and has appeared in nearly 100 films and TV series. He was recently seen as "Earl" on Netflix's hit series, Stranger Things. Currently, he is shooting a new show for Cinemax called Outcast. He has worked with many well-respected actors including John Lithgow, Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, and Sandra Bullock, appearing in films such as Selma, The Blind Side, and Remember the Titans. Several years ago David was brought back to performing in the theatre, after an absence of nearly 30 years, for a production of Amadeus at the Clarence Brown Theatre on the University of TN Knoxville campus. That experience proved fortuitous as it reignited his love and passion for extraordinary theatre. David has always loved a good story, well told, so he is proud and excited to be on the board of a Knoxville-based professional non-profit theatre, Flying Anvil.