Encouraging, Developing, & Maintaining Community Theatre in Alberta
The Alberta Drama Festival Association (ADFA) is an umbrella organization for adult amateur drama activity in the province of Alberta. It was formed in 1969 to assume organization of the adult one-act drama festival formerly run by the Drama Division of Alberta Culture. ADFA is a non-profit association incorporated under the Societies Act of Alberta. There are no paid personnel. The executive and the regional associations are made up of individuals who have been chosen to donate their time and energy to the community theatre of this province.
The province has been divided into ten regions. Within each region, various functions, workshops and activities are organized or developed. Each region has a committee who are autonomous and operate to encourage and develop the potential within their region. Each year the representatives from these regions organize a festival. From these festivals, one play is chosen by an adjudicator to represent each region at the Provincial One Act Festival. Each of those chosen plays receives traveling expenses or a grant to assist in funding their participation in the Provincial Festival.
The Provincial Festival is meant to be a non-competitive celebration of Drama. It provides an occasion for the coming together of all community drama groups in a festival situation. We have followed the practice of having one or two adjudicators at a festival. They publicly comment upon the performances and are available for more detailed private discussion with the individuals involved in performance. The adjudicators also select a play to represent Alberta at any National Festivals which may be held during the upcoming year.
Theatre for Albertans by Albertans
With ten zones across the province, the ADFA supports theatre in every corner of the province with regional festivals that lead to our annual Provincial One-Act Play Festival. Completely volunteer driven with no paid positions, the ADFA proudly supports fellow citizens in their quest for the stage.