KCACTF Nationally Celebrates 50 Years

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KCACTF Nationally Celebrates 50 Years

A message from the Regional Chairs of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival:

In 1969, the same year that the first human to walk on the moon took that “one small step,” a seed was planted that grew into the festival that we now call the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Founded by the Kennedy Center’s first Chairman, Roger L. Stevens, KCACTF has blossomed into one of the largest theater education organizations in the country. With over 700 colleges and universities participating at the regional level, and with support from a long list of professional theater institutions and freelance artists, the festival offers an incredibly diverse array of learning experiences in all theater disciplines along with numerous scholarship opportunities.

Regional festivals across the country are attended by more than 20,000 students annually, culminating each spring in our nation’s capital at the national festival.

This year, with festival 50, we begin a yearlong celebration of a half century of vital theater learning. We happily pay tribute to the many thousands of faculty, staff, and teaching artists who have donated their time and their craft throughout the years to this grand endeavor of molding the next generation of American theater artists.

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