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Theatre Memphis has been recognized for its most outstanding service to community theatre in the nation by the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT). The Twink Lynch Award specifically goes to the AACT member that has successfully completed major steps in new directions, expanded services to their community and has moved to the next level of organizational development. The award is presented annually and this year the ceremonies will be held in Rochester, New York, in conjunction with the national AACT festival competition, June 20-25. Twink Lynch is a past president of AACT and author of a regular column in the AACT newsletter on Boardsmanship. For many years she consulted with theatre boards all over the country to help them discover better ways to govern and run their theatres.

Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch says, "We have worked so hard to bring our artistic quality to a level that is again nationally noticed ... it is such a joy to see that our real efforts from an administrative level are just as recognized. This type of award comes to us because of the work of the staff as a team. I could not be more proud for our group to receive such an honor." According to Bea Miller, long-time Theatre Memphis Board Member and one of the founders of AACT, the nomination that she submitted was full of recent Theatre Memphis accomplishments. Miller states, "Twink Lynch is a lovely lady who has one of the few PhDs in the nation in Theater. Her specialty is in board leadership and she has written a definitive book on the subject. The award was created to encourage development and planning for community theatres and Theatre Memphis has made such progress in the past six or seven years ... it was time we crowed a little to the national organization." And according to Julie Crawford, Executive Director of AACT, the accomplishments were evident. "AACT is proud to recognize Theatre Memphis for its accomplishments in moving in new directions to revitalize itself and enhance its service to the community," says Crawford. "Although Theatre Memphis is a long established theatre, it is still a vital and vibrant contributor to the Memphis community." (more)

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