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.

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Mark Karcher and David Sokolowski form the Nominations Committee for this year. The positions to be filled are Vice President, Treasurer and VP-Festivals.

Mark/David will reach out to the current holders of these positions to obtain their agreement to continue to serve. In addition, this nomination form allows nominations of yourself or someone else. Simply download the fill-in form and follow these instructions for submission.

Mark/David will verify that every nominee is willing to accept the position if elected and will provide via email the slate of nominees in October 2019. Elections will be held at the annual Board meeting in November, 2019. Floor nominees will also be accepted at the Board meeting.

Portrait of Ruth BrownRuth's Ruminations
September 2019


Well, summer is drawing to a close; and we are all returning to our daily lives. Most of my daily life is devoted to the theater and particularly to ESTA and its continued success.

Between vacations, I have been attending NETWORK FOR GOOD webinars to learn about fundraising and managing donors online. These efforts needed website work which our website guru volunteer, Terri Nevins, is finalizing. Soon the website will have the ability for visitors to donate online, and behind the scenes ESTA will be able to track donors, festival attendees and others who support our efforts. ESTA will be using Fractured Atlas and its sub-function, ARTFUL.LY, to handle these. Check out their websites…they just might have the things that YOUR organization could use. Finally, security for donors is paramount; and ESTA will be working to obtain an SSL certificate to further strengthen donation efforts.

After Labor Day I will be submitting an application to Dramatists Guild Foundation (DGF) about creating a regional playwriting workshop in September, 2021. It seems far away now, but ESTA wants to advertise throughout our entire 2020 competition cycle and that begins this November with TANYS festival in New York. Keep your fingers crossed that DGF finds us worthy for their time and efforts!!

Finally, ESTA has been developing different donor options for our patrons. These will be discussed at our Executive Committee meeting on October 12 in Wilkes Barre and hopefully approved at our annual open Board meeting in November (site and date TBD). ESTA hopes to introduce a GIFT WHEEL at the TANYS festival which will enable festival attendees and participants to spin the wheel for $5/spin and win ESTAFest 2020 merch, e.g., T-shirts, food/drink coupons, autographed program from winning theater, etc. Besides the GIFT WHEEL, TANYS will also introduce new levels of donation and program advertising.

That’s it for now … whew! It’s a lot, isn’t it … keep supporting your home theater, your state organization and, of course, ESTA, which exists to make all your theater lives better!!

Ruth K. Brown
ESTA President