Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theatre program dedicated to the improvement of collegiate theatre in the United States. Focused on the celebration of diverse and exciting theatre, KCACTF involves students from more than 600 colleges and universities throughout the United States.
While the culmination of the KCACTF is the national festival held in Washington, D.C. at the Kennedy Center, the majority of students involved in the program compete in one of eight regional competitions. Over 18,000 students are involved in at least one aspect of KCACTF.
Although the national festival is intended to be the pinnacle of the collegiate theatre year and not necessarily a competition, there are a number of scholarships and awards presented throughout the week, including the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships. Other competitions include playwriting, directing, set design, costume design, lighting design, sound design, and the Eugene O'Neill Theatre critic's institute and dramaturgy awards, including the David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award.
KCACTF has divided up the United States in 8 separate regions. There are:
- Region I
- Region II
- Region III
- Region IV
- Region V
- Region VI
- Region VII
- Region VIII
California is split between Regions 7 & 8.
National Committee Personnel
- Gregg Henry - Co-Manager, Artistic Director
- Susan Shaffer - Co-Manager, Administration
- Mark Kuntz - National Chair
- Dr. Harry Parker - National Vice-Chair
- Karen Anselm - Member at Large
- Mark Charney - National Coordinator for the Critic's Institute
- Michael Dempsey - National Theatrical Design Chair
- Catherine Norgren - ATHE Liaison
- John Uthoff - USITT Representative
- Kate Snodgrass - National Chair of Michael Kanin New Plays Program
- Roger Hall - National Vice Chair of NPP
- Gary Garrison - NPP Member at Large