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Welcome to the Delaware Theater Association!

The Delaware Theater Association (DTA) is an organization founded to support performance arts in Delaware. Delaware is part of the ESTA-Eastern States Theater Association,Inc. (ESTA) which, in turn, is Region II of the American Association of Community Theaters (AACT).

What is DTA?

Delaware Theatre Association is a resource for member theaters providing them networking assistance and serving as an advocate for their community theater to other state arts organizations.

DTA sponsors and promotes an annual One Act Festival showing off the best and brightest of the Delaware community theater scene. The festival is scheduled to include: winning productions from each member theater, performance adjudication by experienced people, and opportunities to network with people from other theaters and states. The winner of the annual DTAFest moves on for additional competition, adjudication and networking at the ESTA regional level

DTA bids farewell to a longtime friend of community theater

On October 1st community theater lost one of it's guiding lights. Sherman C. Ward jr. passed quietly at his home on the St. Lawrence River on land and water that he played and sailed on as a child.

For over 50 years Sherman had participated as actor, director, set designer, playwright and board member of theaters in New Jersey and New York. He was also a founding member of ESTA and was instrumental in the ESTAfest becoming an outlet for original plays for new playwrights.

In 2011, at the national AACTfest Sherman was awarded a fellowship by AACT for his many years of contribution to community theater.

Sherman was also an accomplished painter and sculptor; his work being display and sold throughout the northern New York region. He also assisted in the design of the new ESTA logo.

Sherman and wife Ann Bodie Ward were constant attendees at many state, regional, national & international play festivals.

Photo of cast of Sherman on RiverSherman on the river

Photo of cast of Sherman on RiverAnn & Sherm At DTA fest 2010

DTA Board Members

Jeff DiSabatino

David Sokolowski

Ruth K. Brown

Directors at Large:

Ann Stevens
Brian Miller
Boden Day

Members at Large:

  • Max Beaver
  • Mike Barko

DTA Mission

Delaware Theater Association has a very simple mission and that is to provide support for every type of non-professional theatrical organization in the state of Delaware. To DTA non-professional means community and youth groups of all types. By providing this support, we intend to:

  • Help casts and crews create on-stage the best productions they can
  • Provide education in areas where it is currently lacking for the needs of community and youth theaters
  • Promote writing of new plays of all types and lengths
  • Promote production of new plays of all types and lengths

DTA By-Laws

To view the DTA By-Laws, please download the PDF below.

DTA By-Laws

Interested in Becoming a Member of DTA?

If you or your organization would like to become a member of DTA, please download and complete the membership form provided below.

DTA Membership Form

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Member Theatres

Logo for AbleArts
Able Arts
Wilmington, DE

Cape Henlopen
Theatre Academy

Cape Henlopen Theatre Academy

Logo for Possum Point Players
Possum Point Players
Georgetown, DE

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				Reedy Point Players
Reedy Point Players
Reedy Point, DE

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				Second Street Players
Second Street Players
P.O. Box 470
Milford, DE 19963

Logo for Wilmington Drama League
Wilmington Drama League
Wilmington, DE

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