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  • National Covid-19 Response
    Dear KCACTF Community, As you are aware, the worldwide COVID-19 situation has challenged all areas of our society, and KCACTF is similarly affected. Please know that your national and regional leadership are working on the best ways … Read more
  • Musical Theatre Initiative Finalists
    From the Musical Theatre Initiative Team: Thanks to all of the semi-finalists for bringing such heart, talent, and specificity to the stage this morning!  Below are our selectors’ choices for the final round, which will be performed … Read more
  • 2020 Irene Ryan Finalists
    After an exceptional afternoon of acting presentations at today’s Semifinal round, the following individuals have been selected as this year’s Irene Ryan finalists. They are called to a mandatory orientation session, immediately following tonight’s production of Fires in … Read more

Invited Productions for Festival 2020 Announced!

The committee faced the particularly difficult task this year of selecting from over a dozen recommended and well qualified productions. The selection process was agonizing because so many deserving shows could not be recognized with an invitation.

Nonetheless, we are confident that the Festival audience will be inspired and entertained by this slate of productions.
Wednesday – Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti produced by Florida International University
Thursday – Fires in the Mirror by Anna Deveare Smith produced by University of Louisville
Friday – Wit by Margaret Edson produced by South Georgia State College

Festival 2020! Feb. 4 to Feb. 8, 2020

We will be back in Spartanburg this year! We are making changes to the programming based on your input. The majority of festival events will be on the Upstate Campus making it easier to get around. We are looking at keynote speakers and are already planning an amazing list of guest artists. Please help us update the images on our web page with photos from your experiences at last year’s festival – email them to Lisa Abbott at

Register Your Productions Now!

Have you registered your Summer Shows? Register Here!

The Associate and Participating Production Registration fee has remained flat since 2014. To accommodate rising costs at the regional and national level, the National Committee voted for a modest $25 increase which will go into effect on October 1, 2019 for all production entry fees. 

From The National Committee – Production Entry Fee Increase

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

to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theatre 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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KCACTF Diversity Statement

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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