Region IV News


We are very pleased to announce the following shows have been selected for the 2019 Festival:

  • The Danube (a play about the end of the world) – written by Maria Irene Fornes, Produced by Wofford College, and Directed by Dan Day. Due to a unique scenic design and limited seating, this show will run for two performances with tickets available at the registration / information table in the Marriott Lobby.
    Performances are on 2/6 at 3 pm and 2/7 at 10:30 am at the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts on the Wofford campus.
  • Bloodroot; The Ballad of Clinch MountainWritten by a collective of female student playwrights, Produced by Liberty University, and Directed by Scott Hayes. Performance will be on 2/6 at 8:30 pm in the Twitchell Theatre on the Converse campus.
  • Antigone – adapted by Bertolt Brecht, Translated by Judith Malina, Produced by Clayton State University, and Directed by Derrick Vanmeter. Performance will be on 2/7 at 10:30 am in the USC Upstate Proscenium Theatre on the USC Upstate campus.
  • Èmilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight – written by Lauren Gunderson, Produced by Georgia Southern, and Directed by Lisa L. Abbott. Performance will be on 2/7 at 8:30 pm in the Twitchell Theatre on the Converse campus.
  • String – a new play by student Carlos Adorno, Produced by Jacksonville University, and Directed by Eric deCicco. Performance will be on 2/8 at 12 noon, in the Twitchell Theatre on the Converse campus.
  • Hands Up!  by Nathan James, Nathan Yungerberg, Idris Goodwin, Nambi E. Kelley, Glenn Gordon, Eric Homes, and Dennis A. Allen II, Produced by Spelman College, and Directed by Keith Bolden. Performance will be on 2/8 at 8:30 pm in the Twitchell Theatre on the Converse campus.

In addition we have two plays being presented as full productions through the National Playwrighting Program:

  • Mystery at MidnightWinner of last year’s one act series, written by Sean McCord, performance is on 2/7 at 1 pm in the Black Box Theatre at Wofford College.
  • Community Garden – Winner of last year’s David Shelton New Play competiton, written by Ben Jolivet, performance is on 2/9 at 3 pm in the USC Upstate Proscenium Theatre on the USC Upstate campus.

The goals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival are:

  • to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs;
  • to provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight; and achieve professionalism;
  • to improve the quality of college and university theater in America;
  • to encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students; the classics, revitalized or newly conceived; and experimental works.

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Diversity in thoughts and ideas are the backbone of artistic creation. Often it is the clash or juxtaposition or reexamination of the “tried and true” that makes for exciting and new artistic creation. A diversity of thought and perspective makes our organization stronger and more relevant. And the sharing of these diverse perspectives is central to our educational mission. Therefore, diversity should be essential and integral to our approach. Educational excellence that truly incorporates diversity thus can promote mutual respect and make possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all to foster innovation and train future artistic leadership in American theater.

Therefore, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival affirms its commitment to being inclusive and respectful in all aspects of its programming, and regional and national leadership. We vow to nurture talent in all areas of theater based on merit and achievement, regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, gender, gender identity, weight, physical or mental disability, marital status, or age. Respondents are encouraged to avoid discriminatory comments that deride artistic choices based on any of the aforementioned areas. Instead, choices that “break tradition” should be discussed in a respectful and collegial way that challenges long-held practices and beliefs and encourages further exploration, leading to more dramatic and long lasting discoveries.

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