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.

ESTAFestival 2019
April 26 and 27, 2019
The KISS Theater,
400 East End Center
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

For more festival information, check
out the ESTAFest page.

Portrait of Ruth BrownRuth's Ruminations
April 2019

It is already April. Easter is near, and so are ESTAFest and AACTFest for 2019. Hopefully, you are making your room and attendance reservations. Both the AACT and ESTA websites have loaded details about their respective festivals. ESTA reps will be at both festivals to “learn things” to continue to share with our state organizations.

Please check out the latest changes to the website. We have strengthened the security around the ESTA specific information and have made personnel changes and festival additions. Last month I spoke about doing an ONLINE AUCTION as part of ESTAFest. Well, that has been reconsidered; and, while a SILENT AUCTION will still exist at ESTAFest 2019, the ONLINE AUCTION will be set up after the festival. An ONLINE AUCTION is not date specific and so it can run throughout the year to generate extra revenue to support our original works festival for 2020. ESTA owes many thanks to Susanne Caviness who has made many of the donations which will comprise the auction lots.

Your Board is working hard to put a professional “face” to our interactions with other regions and with AACT. I had an interesting conversation with Quiana Clark-Roland, Executive Director of AACT, about the Scott Rudin situation around TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and how AACT was responding to it. Both Joan Luther and I also intend to meet Quiana and Jim Walker, the AACT VP-Festivals, in June at Gettysburg when time allows during AACTFest 2019. ESTA wants to establish a professional working relationship with AACT, and having AACTFest so close allows us an opportunity to begin without a lot of travel expense.


Ruth K. Brown
ESTA President