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Festival 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!

Faculty — get your shows registered before October 1st to avoid the rate increase.

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

Looking for a Representation, Equity and Diversity Coordinator for Region IV

The leadership team of Region IV is looking for nominations of interested people for the new R.E.D. coordinator. This person will be a part of the Regional planning committee and is charged with developing programs for students and faculty that reflect the diversity of our region and the industry. They will be a part of the show selection committee, work with other areas on having representative responders for festival, and developing workshops and contacting potential workshop leaders that address Representation, Diversity and Equity in the arts. If you are interested or know someone who is please send a letter of interest and current CV or resume to This individual does not have to be associated with a college or University, but can be a professional based in our region. If you have questions please contact our Vice Chair – Lisa L. Abbott at

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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