ASPIRE KCACTF/LORT ARTS LEADERSHIP INTENSIVE
The KCACTF/LORT ASPIRE Leadership Intensive is designed to cultivate a new generation of artistic and administrative leaders for the American Theatre with a focus on engaging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and members of other groups that are consistently underrepresented in the field. This diverse national cohort of fellows assembled from all of KCACTF's eight regions will engage in topics concerning equity, diversity, inclusion, and antiracism as well as leadership skills building, investigation of institutional challenges, and professional networking opportunities.
DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY, AND MANAGEMENT
The Festival offers numerous opportunities in Design, Technology and Management. Events at the festival include, The Expo, Costume Parade, Portfolio Review, Stage-crew Showdown, and Stage Management.
One of the many aims of KCACTF is to nurture the next generation of stage directors. To attain that goal, there are several opportunities for young directors at the Region 5 Festival to foster their growth as a director no matter their experience level.
The role of the dramaturg is the most collaborative of the roles in theatre, the most collaborative of arts. As such, dramaturgs work closely with all theatre makers. The Dramaturgy Initiatives of KCACTF Region 5 include opportunities to showcase your work from you home institutions as well as engage at the festival with fellow artists to create new work. We encourage all dramaturgs to initiate artistic relationships across disciplinary and institutional lines.
INSTITUTE FOR THEATRE JOURNALISM AND ADVOCACY
The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy (formerly National Critics' Institute) was established to assist in elevating the level of arts criticism and to provide writers the opportunity to grow at the same pace as the artists, whose work they review and interpret. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival sponsors workshops at each regional festival where students with backgrounds in theatre, English, and journalism write daily critiques of plays in round-table discussion sessions.
The Intensives are longer hands-on workshops ranging from three hours to multiple days.
KCACTF UNDERGRADUATE THEATRE SCHOLAR AWARD
KCACTF is pleased to continue an awards program for undergraduate theatre scholars attending KCACTF participating institutions. In order to further student activity in the discipline of theatre scholarship, this program encourages and rewards research and scholarly writing among undergraduates throughout the nation. Research Papers on all areas of the art and craft of Theatre, the outcome of class assignments or students’ own research interests, will be reviewed by KCACTF-appointed readers for a cash award and a KCACTF National Festival residency.
The Region 5 Festival offers a variety of opportunities for performers. Including the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions, Devised Theatre Project, and Musical Theatre Intensive.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival National Playwriting Program (NPP) is dedicated to supporting student playwrights in the development of their original work for the stage, with dramaturgical and performance opportunities that emphasize respect for the written word and for the playwright's contribution to the theatrical process.
PROFESSIONAL AUDITIONS AND INTERVIEWS
We are excited to offer Festival registrants this opportunity to network with regional and national producers who are seeking talented performers and technicians with which to work.