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ACTAA and TheatreSquared are partnering this spring to bring Arkansas’ theatre tech students an amazing opportunity to highlight their skills.

Students are invited to create a design portfolio on Noel Coward’s play Blithe Spirit for submission and adjudication by a panel of experts from across the country. If selected as one of the top three in one of three categories, the student will be invited to present their portfolio live at TheatreSquared!

$30 entry fee provides your students an opportunity to grow in their chosen craft, put together a presentation and present it via video, and receive valuable feedback from top designers and directors from across the country and the chance at a $1000 scholarship to the University of Arkansas/Fayetteville in Theatre.

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Values and Mission

Equity Statement

The ACTAA is committed to modeling and fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion for all communication, debate, and theatre arts communities through an intersectional lens.

We are continuously transforming our organization to reflect and operationalize the values of equity, integrity, respect, leadership, and service.

As an association of educators…

We will take responsibility.

We will heed, learn, and evolve.

We will work conscientiously to model and foster an inclusive and equitable speech and debate experience for all.

(NSDA. (2021) Equity Statement. National Speech & Debate Association.)


Vision Statement

We envision a future where all students may participate in communication, debate, and theatre arts in a safe and supportive environment to express their authentic selves and to grow personally and professionally through self-efficacy and reception of constructive feedback.


Mission Statement

The Arkansas Communication and Theatre Arts Association is a community of professionals devoted to the rigorous study and ethical practice of oral communication, debate, dance, and theatre arts as an essential discipline, life skill, and art form as components of the core curriculum, as well as providing a platform for expression for ALL, teacher and student alike. We support the efforts and continued growth of communication and theatre arts teachers, students, and researchers across the state.



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