The Institute for
Theatre Journalism and Advocacy
The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy (ITJA) was established to assist in elevating the level of arts criticism in the United States and to help writers to grow at the same pace as the arts and artists whose work they review and interpret. These goals are made possible by daily critiques of plays and films in tutorial sessions with a resident master critic at ITJA’s four-week conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut each summer.
KCACTF, in association with The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy, will present a National Critics Institute Scholarship. At each of the regional festivals, students from institutions that have entered an Associate or Participating production will participate in intensive writing workshops with a professional writer/critic, where they will be asked to write a variety of journalistic pieces, including traditional critiques, advocacy pieces, blogs, etc. One student from each of the eight regions will be selected as a finalist for the national award. Winning pieces from these eight will be forwarded to the KCACTF national office, and the finalist will be selected by the national Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Director. The national winner will attend the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center during its national playwriting conference in July, working with leading professional newspaper and magazine critics from across the United States. All expenses are paid.
The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Student Award will be presented on the closing night of the Regional Conference.