Houston Family Arts Center (HFAC) is the proud recipient of this year’s American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) Twink Lynch Award. This prestigious award was presented by Linda Lee, AACT President, at the AACT National Convention in New York City. This award focuses national attention on HFAC as a leading force in Houston’s thriving community theatre scene.
The Twink Lynch Award recognizes AACT community theatre members for successfully completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to their community and moving to the next level of organizational development.
Some of the HFAC achievements that led to this recognition include opening of the HFAC Garza Main Stage Theatre in May 2010, expanding of the HFAC Actors Academy staff and facility in 2011, creating new works, collaborating with other theatres, and giving back to the community by supporting other local non-profit organizations.
“HFAC is honored to receive this national recognition,” says Bob Clark, HFAC Executive Director. “We’re thrilled that AACT, an organization that supports over 7,000 community theatres nationwide, has recognized the impact that we’re having in Northwest Houston and across the country. It’s humbling to know that HFAC is the first community theatre in Texas to receive this recognition.”
A challenge for many theatres is the lack of high-quality family-friendly plays and comedies. As a result, HFAC has set a priority for developing new works. In 2011, HFAC commissioned Rob Urbinati, acclaimed New York-based playwright, and Director of New Play Development at Queens Theatre, to write Death by Design, a Noël Coward-cum-Agatha Christie comic murder mystery.
Clark concludes, “We hope that this national recognition will lead more Houstonians check out the Houston Family Arts Center by seeing one of our productions or enrolling in one or more of our Actors Academy classes.”