Mission Statement

KCACTF is a year-round program in eight geographic regions in the United States. Regional activities are coordinated through eight KCACTF regional chairs and eight KCACTF playwriting awards chairs. With funding and administrative support from the Kennedy Center, the regional chair coordinates with the Co-Managers of KCACTF all aspects of the adjudication of productions on the local and regional level and supervises regional-level KCACTF award competitions. The playwriting chair works with schools that have entered new and student-written plays by providing expertise in the development of new scripts–assessment specifically designed for a developing play–and by providing information on the numerous playwriting awards offered. In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region’s entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs.

The goals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival are:

  • to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater 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.


The 2014 Festival

Awards and Honors

The 2015 Festival

Dates: Jan. 19-25
Location: Lincoln, NE (Pictured above)
Cost: $70 plus lodging, meals, and travel


Certificate of Merit for Ensemble Work

The Wedding Singer

Certificate of Merit for Choreography:
– Jerry Jay Cranford
Certificate of Merit for Costumes:
– Dana Pinkston

Irene Ryan Semifinalists

Sam Massey & Donovan Woods
Bella Alonso & Clay Massingill

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