Submission Criteria & Protocols and Independent Entries!

We are excited to share with the region that we have updated student criteria and submission protocols for many of our Festival Programs on our website.

Please visit the website for complete details for each program, noting that some submission links will become active in the coming weeks:

2021 Student Opportunities


We are also very happy to announce that entry to the preliminary round of many programs, including the Irene Ryan Scholarship Auditions, the Musical Theatre Scholarship Auditions, the Design, Technology & Management ExpoSDC Directing program and more will be open to students who receive or who have received a nomination from a production as well as students in good standing who submit an Independent Entry that fulfills the requirement of that program.

If you have any specific questions, please reach out directly the Chair and Vice-Chair for each area.  You can find their contact info here!


Recognizing that this year has been financially challenging for students, faculty and institutions, we have temporarily reduced all registration fees+
  • Early-Bird Registration (before December 31, 2020) – $25
  • Regular Registration (January 1 – January 23, 2021) – $35
  • Late Registration (January 24 – January 31, 2021) – $45
These rates apply to both faculty and student participants.
+Students: If the registration fee presents a barrier to your participation please contact Vana Trudeau.
Vana & Tom
Your Region 1 Co-Chairs

Registration for KCACTF Region 1 Virtual Festival is Now Open!


We are pleased to announce that REGISTRATION for VIRTUAL Festival 53 is now live!  Please take advantage of the Early Bird rate and register by December 31st.

Recognizing that this year has been financially challenging for students, faculty and institutions, we have temporarily reduced all registration fees.
  • Early-Bird Registration (before December 31, 2020) – $25
  • Regular Registration (January 1 – January 23, 2021) – $35
  • Late Registration (January 24 – January 31, 2021) – $45
*These rates apply to both faculty and student participants
Stay tuned for news about area programs.
Vana & Tom
Your Region 1 Co-Chairs

Fall 2020 Production Entries and Responses

The following info is about Production Registrations (for the Fall, only), Responses and appropriate nominations.  Please note that information about Festival Registration, Schedule, individual program protocols, requirements and submission dates (Irene Ryans, DTM, Musical Theatre, etc…) will be announced by October 1.

1)  ALL Fall 2020 Production Registrations fees are waived  Any existing credits, from a show not produced or responded to from this past Spring, will be put towards a future entry.

2)  ALL productions are eligible to be considered for possible invitation to be presented at the 2021 virtual festival including recognition for National Awards.  (For the Fall 2020 ONLY, the standard levels of Associate vs. Participating entries are being suspended, though we ask that you indicate whether you wish for the work to be considered for invitation so that we may assign appropriate selectors/respondents).

3)  ALL production responses will be held online.  Respondents will not travel to any school for an in-person response.  This is for the safety and welfare for all involved.

4) IF your program/school is NOT presenting a traditional theatre production (live and in person), or a Virtual Production (via ZOOM, for example), there are options.  Class Projects can be also entered as a “production.”  For example, an Acting class that has a showcase of scenes and/or monologues, or an devised piece of some kind, or an DTM (design, technology, management) related course that generates a “paper project.” Nominations/submissions can come out of these activities in the same manner they do for traditional shows.

5) PERFORMANCE NOMINATIONS  For each entry, and in discussion between the respondent and director/faculty, up to 3 Irene Ryans nominations are permitted (and corresponding alternates).  Up to 2 Musical Theatre nominations are permitted (and corresponding alternates).


Please email Co-Chair, Tom Rothacker at

A Statement of Solidarity from KCACTF

A Statement of Solidarity from KCACTF

KCACTF stands in solidarity and support of our black students, faculty, artists, and citizens. We pledge our resources to do our part to aid in the effort to dismantle institutional racism and the inequities that have contributed to the divide that exists in our country.
We believe the call for action is critical at this time.

In August of 2019, KCACTF implemented the RED (Representation, Equity, Diversity) Initiative with a National RED Chair office and Regional RED chairs in all of our eight KCACTF regions. The RED Chairs are at this moment at work to create an action plan for our organization. We are committed to being part of the change. Look for additional information coming from our RED leaders in the next few weeks.

We envision a world where the arts can offer healing, understanding, empathy, but above all can tell all of our stories. KCACTF is determined to create safe and equitable spaces where every person’s story is heard and honored!

We are listening. We invite our theatre faculty, staff, and students across the nation to join us in the anti-racist work of interrogating ourselves, our institutions, and systems in order to secure justice for all.

COVID-19 Response


As we maneuver through these tumultuous times of distance and online learning as well as cancelled or rescheduled productions, know that KCACTF Region 1 is here and ready to listen and accommodate to the best of our abilities.  More importantly…we want everyone to be safe and healthy!

We sent out a mass email last week with the official statement from the National Committee regarding the cancellation of the National Festival in April and possible ways of handling any outstanding production registrations.

FIRST, we realize that you, your team, or your institutions may not have made any decisions regarding productions OR are still waiting to make those decisions.  That is fine.  Please communicate with us when the time is appropriate.

Here are options to consider…

1) If a production was well underway with rehearsals, but may/will not officially open and the Director or Faculty would like to submit nominations for the Irene Ryans, Musical Theatre, Student Design, SM, Dramaturgy, etc. please use the following form.

This, in turn, will count as a submitted response with the appropriate nominations and no credit/refund would be available.

2) If a previously registered and PAID Associate or Participating entry has been cancelled or moved to the next academic year AND you wish to receive a credit for next season (regardless of what the production title is), please email Tom Rothacker with that info.  When a new registration comes in, next year, you will not be expected to pay that invoice.

3) If there are any other specific circumstances that need our attention, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Tom and Vana so that we can find a suitable solution.

Thank you again and best of luck getting through these times of major change and uncertainty.  Another email will be sent out, once a form is created, to start logging nominations from those wishing to take advantage of that option.

Warm regards,

Tom Rothacker

Vana Trudeau


We hope you will make plans to join us January 28 – Febraury 1, 2020 in Hyannis hosted again, by Cape Cod Community College for our 52nd festival!


Please see these important links which bring you to the appropriate place for registration, payment and hotel reservation info.



Tom Rothacker & Vana Trudeau
Co-Vice Chairs – KCACTF Region 1

Festival 51 is coming! (Archive)

***Please note this is from 2018 – Please see the website for current year information***

Students and Colleagues,

We are anxiously anticipating another fantastic creative journey at the 51st annual Region 1 Festival. Following is a variety of useful information.
We look forward to seeing you all again.
All our best,
Ted Clement and Stefanie Sertich
Co-Chairs, KCACTF Region 1

Festival Location!!!
This year the festival will be hosted by Cape Cod Community College:

2240 Iyannough Road, West Barnstable, MA

The primary festival hotel is The Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis:

35 Scudder Avenue, Hyannis, MA
The secondary festival hotel is the Cape Codder Resort:

1225 Iyannough Road, Hyannis, MA

To register for the festival follow this link:

Hotel Rooms!!!
To reserve hotel rooms follow this link:

Student Opportunities!!!
The following is a variety of information regarding the areas of participation.

Design, Tech, and Management

DTM Student Expo
The DTM Student Expo is a wonderful opportunity for any student design project! There is no formal nomination process, as long as your university has one associate or participating production during the festival year (January 2018-December 2018), you can bring any project from the year! All Design and Technical Theatre Students may qualify for entry in the National KCACTF Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence, the Allied Design and Technology Award, and the Stage Management Fellowship Program. Please consider bringing realized work as National Entries and paper projects as Regional Entries from all design fields — lighting, sound, costumes, scenery, allied crafts, and stage management. For further information or clarification please contact James McNamara, Co-Chair DTM,

Design Storm
Please encourage your DTM students to sign up for the Design Storm at this year’s festival on Wednesday. Students will work on creating a conceptual design for one of the NPP One-Acts. Conceptual designs will be displayed at the staged reading of each One-Act. For further information, clarification, or if you are interested in mentoring students through this process at festival please contact James McNamara, Co-Chair DTM,

Stage Management Fellowship
Beginning this year, stage managers who participate with the Stage Management Fellowship will no longer be required to work an event at festival as part of the program. However, for those of you who would still appreciate the opportunity to meet new people and gain experience by working an event as we’ve done in the past, we would love to have you volunteer!  There are no additional fellowship perks for participating, but there are also no penalties for not volunteering. If you’re interested in learning more or in putting your name forward, reach out to our NEW email at

Featured Faculty Designer
We are seeking our next featured faculty designer! Want to share your design work with other students of the region? This is your chance! Anyone interested please contact Erika Guay, Co-Vice Chair DTM ( for more information.

Festival Internship
Please encourage your students interested in Design and Technical Theatre to apply for the Festival Technical Internship. Interns are given housing for the festival week but are still responsible for their festival registration. More information can be found here

Please consider teaching a workshop at this year’s Festival 51! The workshops are one of the most vital components of the festival for our DTM students. The deadline for workshop proposals is December 15, 2018. Proposals can be submitted here

Vendor Fair
The Vendor Fair will return for the Festival. Make sure to check it out. We had eight vendors last year eager to talk to you about theatrical products, provide demos, give out swag, and generally network. Know of a potential vendor? Contact Emmet Buhmann, Co-Vice Chair DTM,

Arts Administration

The deadline for Arts Leadership and Administration Internship applications is December 8th!  Selected Arts Leadership & Admin Interns are eligible to participate in the inaugural ASPIRE KCACTF/LORT Leadership Program.

The ASPIRE KCACTF/LORT Leadership Program is designed to cultivate a new generation of artistic and administrative leaders for the American Theater with a focus of engaging people of color, women and members of other groups that are consistently underrepresented in the field. This diverse national cohort of fellows assembled from the eight regions of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival will engage in topics concerning Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as well as a weeklong curriculum designed to explore leadership in the performing arts, investigate institutional challenges in the profession, and create professional networking opportunities in the field.

To be considered for the ASPIRE leadership fellowship, candidates must apply for and be selected as an Arts Leadership and Administration Intern.

Register here for the Arts Leadership & Administration internship!

If you know a student in Region One who is interested in directing, please encourage them to explore the opportunities at this year’s SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) Directing Fellowship. Nominated by the individual institutions, all students who have demonstrated success in direction at their home school are eligible to apply. The institution must have entered either an associate or participating production in Festival 51: Regional Festival in January/February, 2019. (Note: These students do not have to have directed a main-stage production at their home institution, instead, directing success is more broadly defined i.e. they have directed a 10-minute play, a workshop production, a staged-reading or similar).

One student director from each region will be selected to participate at the national festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC each April. This award includes travel, lodging and per diem expenses, as well as attendance at KCACTF National Festival workshops and performances. In order to apply, the SDC student directing fellowship applicant must be nominated by a faculty member from the student’s institution.  For more information on application and nomination please visit our festival website homepage at

**Each director will present a short scene from the list provided on the national website. The scene will include bona fide student actors, and must be rehearsed at the home institution, for presentation in a preliminary round. Applications to participate are due by 12pm on December 1st, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Directing Chair, Kathleen Sills at: sillsk@merrimack.

If you have worked as a dramaturg in class or on a production at your college join us for the opportunity to showcase your dramaturgy, meet dramaturgy professionals, and have your work responded to and considered for the LMDA/KCACTF National Award and the KCACTF Program Note Regional Award.
For more information follow this link:

Musical Theatre Intensive
To all Maltby nominees – please visit the website at to fill out the form and upload your song selections no later than January 4, 2019!
Please submit pdfs ONLY, no jpegs or other photos. If you have any questions regarding the song selections or how to make a pdf, please email MT Chair Jessica Corbin We need to have all of your selections with music by that date, in order to get them to our accompanists on time. Thanks for your cooperation!Irene Ryan Scholarship
Congratulations to all Region 1 nominees and partners! You have been selected to audition for this prestigious award because the quality of your work distinguished you amongst your peers. The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition, honor, and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education.
For more information follow this link:

Next Steps
Next Steps is an open call and interview for actors, designers, technicians and management students to present their work to a group of representatives from professional theatre companies, casting directors, BA and BFA undergraduate programs, as well as summer training schools. Jobs, internships, summer work and 4 year schools will be represented at the auditions and interviews.
For more information follow this link:

Fringe FridaySubmit your Fringe-worthy Performance Proposal today!

Fringe Friday is an open call for schools and/or student groups to submit work (not to exceed 30 minutes) that exists “on the fringe” of popular entertainment. Fringe Friday aims towards inclusivity – celebrating and creating space at the margins for unheard voices and for innovative approaches to performance. Fringe Friday provides a spotlight to theatre, dance, puppetry, music, spoken word, solo performance, and performance art without a focus on one single discipline or genre. Participating in Fringe Friday is different than producing your own show. Your show is part of a larger experience of the Fringe – with several presentations in two venues throughout the day.

The Fringe schedule runs at a fast pace, and our timeline is compressed. Reasonable requests in other circumstances could be an unrealistic request in the Fringe. Please trust in, and adhere to, our guidelines and rules to keep everything running smoothly. We ask you be professional, on time and prepared for a great day!

For more information about Fringe Friday, please follow this link:

Respondent Training in NYC!

Join the Region 1 Respondents Team!!!
We are thrilled to announce a day of respondents training in New York City.
Join Regional Co-Chair Stefanie Sertich and NPP Chair Julian Jimenez at LaGuardia Community College on December 1st for a day of respondent training.  View a full response process by seasoned faculty members surrounding the matinee performance of LaGuardia’s production of Electra. The training will begin at 10:00am and end at 6:00pm.
A complimentary lunch will be served.
This is a commuter event only. No overnight accommodations will be provided.
If you’d like to join us please RSVP by email at

Training Location:
Main Stage Theatre
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
LaGuardia Community College
31-10 Thomson Avenue
Long Island City, NY

NEW! Bulk Festival Registration for Faculty

If you are submitting more than ten (10) registrations – you may now submit a REGISTRATION IMPORT spreadsheet. Please download the spreadsheet, fill in the information for ALL registrants, then save it locally with the following naming convention (replace “SCHOOL NAME” with your school’s name – no asterisks or special characters):


Then upload the file here.

You will still need to submit your payment using one of the methods outlined on the Payments page.

Questions? Need an invoice? Contact Vana Trudeau.


Register for the Critic’s Workshop


Have you ever considered a career in arts journalism? Have you ever wondered what professional critics look for when reviewing a show? Do enjoy spirited discussion about shows at Festival and beyond, and about theater in general? The Institute of Theatre Journalism and Advocacy (and the Critic’s Workshop) may be for you! 

Students in the Institute for Theater Journalism and Advocacy (formerly the Critics’ Workshop) participate in a week-long mini-course in arts journalism with faculty members from KCACTF and special guest professional critics and journalists.

Students interested in writing, criticism, and even literary management are encouraged to register for the Critic’s Workshop or contact the regional chair for information about The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy in their region.