Thank you for your interest in participating in the dramaturgy programming for the 2024 KCACTF Festival.

Below find an overview of ways you can participate in the 2024 Festival as a dramaturg.

Option 1. Ten-Minute Play Dramaturgy

Work alongside student directors and actors to bring to life a staged reading of a ten-minute play by a student playwright during the festival. Interested dramaturgs will be assigned to a ten-minute play. Students who wish to act as dramaturg for a ten-minute play must register their interest on the Program Inquiry Form by December 30th, 2024. 

Option 2. Submission of a dramaturgical project in order to receive a response from an industry professional, eligible for the LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award and KCACTF Region 1 Dramaturgy Award

The LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award is designed to recognize contributions by student dramaturgs to the conception, development, and production of theatre within their colleges and universities, or to educational projects in dramaturgy. The philosophical foundation of this award – like that of dramaturgy itself – rests in the belief that art benefits from examination on the parts of both artist and audience, and that creative inspiration accompanied by analysis and reflection is most likely to lead to productions and projects that fulfill the spiritual, social and personal potential of the theatrical event.

The KCACTF Region 1 Dramaturgy Award recognizes dramaturgical interventions from Region 1 students that show promise in the field of dramaturgy.

Submission Details

Dramaturgs should submit:

  • A title page, identifying the dramaturg, the project, and the school. Include your address, phone number, email address, and date of the project. 
  • Two statements written by the dramaturg, one describing the breadth and scope of the project and its challenges, the other detailing the process from start to finish.
  • As much documentation of process as possible. Unrealized, theoretical, or dramaturgy of lived experience projects should reflect thoroughness in forethought and planning rather than documentation of the production process Realized projects should reflect thoroughness in forethought and planning as well as documentation of the production process.
  • Include all materials that seem relevant, but do not exceed 30 pages. This may include information from or links to websites created; questions asked during the process; information gathered for individual packets; study guides; program notes; lobby displays; talkback outlines; or other materials deemed appropriate for inclusion by the dramaturg. We are not interested in you scanning everything that you researched, but in your analysis and compilation of materials researched.
  • All materials must be in .pdf format. 
  • Please bring to Festival a dramaturgy display that will fit on a 3×3 table space.

 Submission deadline for Dramaturgy Project: January 16, 2024   

Click HERE to Submit your materials!

Award Criteria

  • Distinctiveness – What is creative about the dramaturg’s approach and/or analysis?
  • Contextualization – How is the production or project enhanced by dramaturgical analysis or research; alternatively, how is the academic project in dramaturgy imaginatively projected into a larger social, political, academic or artistic setting?
  • Impact – In what way are the audience, artists or institution enriched by dramaturgical ideas and execution?
  • Ethics – How are issues that might be raised by the terms of the collaboration or changing responsibilities dealt with and/or resolved?
  • Significance – How does this project inform, challenge or advance the field of dramaturgy, in general and/or within the student’s school?  
  1. Workshops if you have registered an interest in dramaturgy, you’ll be notified about the dramaturgy workshops that will be available to you during the festival.

Looking forward to seeing you at Festival, and don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have!


Dr. Krysta Dennis

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Dramaturgy Chair


James Montaño

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Dramaturgy Vice Chair