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What is ESTA?

The Eastern States Theater Association is a Member Regional Organization, Region II, of the American Association of Community Theatre. It is comprised of the five member organizations representing the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. Its primary functions are to hold the annual ESTA Festival to select the "best of the best" of the ESTA region and to encourage and support original works through education and networking.

ESTAFest 2018
Sherman C. Ward, Jr.
Original Works Celebration

Thanks to everyone who supported ESTAFest 2018. To see this year's winners, visit ESTAFest page.



Portrait of Ruth BrownRuth's Ruminations
August 2018


Since I was elected in June, I have been actively pursuing getting “up to speed” on ESTA and what it needs to move forward.

One thing recently done is change work on the website, www.estafestival.org, to reflect the latest changes in personnel and refreshing the formatting for our site. Special thanks to Terri Nevins, who is working with our webmaster, David Sokolowski, to ensure that the site contains pertinent and accurate information and that the links are working.

Please note that NEW JERSEY IS BACK!!! They are full-fledged ESTA members now, they will be having a state festival in 2019 and they will begin becoming more involved in ESTA culminating hopefully in participation in ESTAFest 2020 and after.

The Executive Committee of ESTA (ExCom) will be meeting on October 5-7 in Alexandria Bay, NY. I will be rolling out new thoughts about ESTA processes, reviews of various organizational ESTA documents, and providing how I hope that my personal goals will easily mesh with ESTA moving forward!!

The next Annual Board Meeting is scheduled to be in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on November 10, 2018. ExCom also will meet in the morning of November 10 to ensure that the latest requests for Board approvals as well as much of the information given in October will be repeated for everyone to hear.

Plans are underway to finalize the date and venue for ESTAFest 2019. It is important to have this event scheduled as ESTA will be helping AACT with the AACTFest 2019 which will be held in Gettysburg, PA, on June 18-22, 2019.

If you have any questions about these ruminations or anything else on the site, please use the Contact Us button to send me a note with your concerns.

Ruth K. Brown
ESTA President