Bastrop Executive Director to Receive National Theatre Award

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    April 28, 2017
    Chester Eitze of Austin, Texas is being honored with the Special Recognition Award from the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT). The award will be presented at an awards ceremony during the AACTFest 2017 national festival in Rochester, Minnesota June 26-July 1, 2017.   

    The AACT Special Recognition Award is presented to persons or organizations whose contributions to community theatre are far reaching and of a special nature. Visit for information on all AACT National Awards, 2017 AACT Award winners, and previous honorees.

    Chester Eitze has been Executive Director of the Bastrop Opera House in Bastrop, Texas for the past 32 years. He began his theatrical career in his hometown of Austin by enrolling in Mrs. Mobley’s speech class at age five. After pursuing a Bachelor’s in Drama Education and a Master’s in Directing, he was offered the position of Special Activities Coordinator with Austin Parks and Recreation. There, Chester was able to build an arts curriculum, meld it with recreation, and direct the Zilker Park Outdoor Musical. Chester served as the Artistic Director of the Austin Civic Theatre, until moving on to become Artistic Director of Bastrop Opera House. In Bastrop, he built a theatre program as a tourism destination, preserving the landmark structure, and developing youth, adult, and senior performance programs. Chester served on the Board for Texas Nonprofit Theatres from 1999 through 2017, and over his 32 years of service has had an enormous impact on theatre, both locally and throughout the state.

    AACT provides networking, resources, and support for America’s theatres. AACT represents the interests of more than 7,000 theatres across the United States and its territories, as well as theatre companies with the U.S. Armed Services overseas.
    Chester Eitze, (512) 321-6283