Festival 51

Are you excited about this year’s festival! As the fall productions are opening up and respondents are heading out, thoughts about the February Festival are not far away.  Have you seen the  Devised Theatre prompt? Have you looked at the list of scenes for the SDC Directing Initiative? Are you already getting those scenes and monologs together for the Irene Ryans?  Hey designers! have you started thinking about your design presentations? Stage Mangers we know you are ready!

Ready to register?  Here are a couple of quick-links to get you going for the festival, the Irene Ryans, the DTM Expo, and playwriting!

Faculty members – have you been responding to other schools? Remember we need you to make this all work! Contact your response coordinator (they are listed at the contact page) and volunteer now!  We also would love to have you present a workshop – talk to Lee!

Get ready! Get Involved! Get Crazy!

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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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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