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It’s never too soon to start thinking about the 2020 Festival!

We will be back in Spartanburg, South Carolina with some planned changes in venues and events. We would love to hear from you, the festival participants, about your favorite moments, hopes for changes, and please send photos to be added to the web page to Vice Chair Lisa Abbot at
We want photos of students at workshops, performances, hanging out, being amazing, your favorite moments. Help us out!

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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