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 (ACTIVE AGAIN ! ). 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

Go to the ESTAFest page to see winners of this years Festival

For more information on the festival visit our ESTAFest page.

Words from ESTA's New President


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I Am taking this opportunity to say "Thank You" to the ESTA Board of Directors for electing me as President of ESTA for the next term.  It will be a complex job trying to separate out what NEEDS to be done vs what members and non-members WANT to be done.  All I can promise is that I will do my best ... i support theaters of all types and sizes ... hopefully, ESTA will be a solid stake in the theatrical network for everyone.   Shortly, I'll be sending out to the Board members the topics for discussion at the Executive Committee meeting to be held in October along with venue details. 

Communication is my #1 priority ... watch for further information here at the estafestival.org website covering the organization operations and key decisions made about ESTA Festivals. And when events and networking efforts planned by ESTA and when state organizations give ESTA information about their specific events, watch the ESTA Facebook page for details - esta eastern states theater inc

As my first suggestion for all those belonging to ESTA moving down through the individual state organizations and even down through the individual theaters themselves,  please contact ESTA with ideas for improvement, your willingness to join ESTA and/or when ESTA events have not made you happy you attended!!   Use the CONTACT US link at the top of the website pages and send ESTA a note.  I cannot and guarantee that a change will be made (the competition world is complicated), BUT I will work hard to see that every value-added idea is considered and that the person who brought it up will be advised as to its disposition.

Many thanks for the work done by Marsha Amato-Greenspan stepping in when ESTA needed her most and then handling the reins as ESTA developed and then successfully produced the Sherman C Ward Original Works celebrations of which we are all so proud. 

Thanks again to everyone, and I Iook forward to working with you to bring ESTA solidly into your theatrical lives.

Ruth K. Brown

ESTA President