Current Region Newsletter

Current Region Newsletter

February 9

WEBSITE

The website is thankfully back up and running.  We will be sharing festival links very soon.  Thank you for your patience.

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION

It is not too late to register for festival.  If you have not please do so by February 15th.

Click Here to register for festival

GRAB YOUR KCACTF REGION 7 MERCH

You may have seen them when we introduced them last year.  Beanies and Fleece Pullovers in several colors are available.

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FESTIVAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR STUDENTS

Region VII is offering a few registration sponsorships to students who need financial assistance to attend the online festival. These sponsorships will cover the full $60 registration fee.   We will notify you by email when you have been chosen and clarify that you are still interested in coming to the festival.   At that point, we will register you for the festival and send your registration information to your email. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Natashia Lindsey at natashia.lindsey@cwu.edu
Please submit this form by FEBRUARY 12th. We look forward to having you with us this year!!!

SPONSOR A STUDENT AT FESTIVAL

Every $60 supports one student’s full participation at the Festival this year. Students will be awarded their scholarship through the region’s REPRESENTATION, EQUITY, AND DIVERSITY (RED) INITIATIVE.
ACTF Management LTD-Region 7 is recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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OPEN JAR INSTITUTE  KCACTF Scholarship Auditions

The Open Jar Institute is excited each year to partner with KCACTF and provide scholarships to help students pursue their dreams here in the Big Apple. One winner from each region will receive a $600 scholarship (or $200 cash), and the national winner will receive a full scholarship that includes travel expenses!

Only a select number of students will be admitted to each BROADWAY INTENSIVE  session and the fall RESIDENCY program.  We are looking for students who are driven and passionate performers willing to leave their comfort zone and push past limitations.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

  •       Submit a short video that includes a 32-bar cut. Style is up to you. Please upload this video to a private YouTube link, and give us the link in your audition form.
  •       Also be prepared to upload your headshot and resume (pdf format) in your audition form.
  •       Email us at office@openjarinstitute.com if you have any questions!

https://www.openjarinstitute.com/kcactf

CURRENT and APSIRING LEADERS ROUND TABLE

Discussion on major issues of concern and seek best practices with regional leaders
Submit Your Topic(s) for Our Discussion  

KCACTF PRIZE for INNOVATIVE TEACHING

Call for Nominations

ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) and KCACTF have partnered to create two ATHE/KCACTF Prizes:

  •       the ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovative Teaching, awarded to a faculty member, and
  •       the ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovation, awarded to a graduate student displaying outstanding, innovative work.

Winners receive a certificate, ATHE membership waiver for one year, and ATHE conference fee waiver for one year.  The prizes can be awarded to any teacher and graduate student in the region, and it is desirable that her or his affiliated institution be a KCACTF participating school.

Nominations are due to the regional committee by February 10th

https://forms.gle/nAaminzaHX3iZTN7A

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Sacramento State seeks a tenure-track faculty in Race in Set Design and Technology/Scenography whose creative practice and research are centered on antiracism and the role of designers as purveyors of cultural representation (i.e., designing space, makeup/hair, lighting, costume, sound, with diverse groups of people).Teaching includes 12-units per semester from selected courses: Production Design; LD Stagecraft, Lighting, and Dance Production; UD Scenic Design, Lighting Design, and Practicum in Tech Production; and student mentorship in independent projects. 3 additional units per semester will be assigned for advising, service, and scholarship. For more information please follow the link provided here:  https://csus.peopleadmin.com/postings/5168



February 1

WEBSITE ISSUES

Thank to all of you that have alerted us to an issue with the website.  We are working with a new company to resolve the issue in the next few day. We can say that the website is secure and if you are comfortable you can click through the links on the warning page and access the website.  Please be patient.

Student Registration Scholarships

You may notice that our festival is a bit different this year. Of course we’re online, but we’re also working to infuse the principles of Recognition, Equity, and Diversity. We recognize that our students may view festival registration as a significant financial barrier. This barrier creates and sustains inequity and limits who is here learning and growing with us; it limits the future of our fields. This year we are working to sponsor students who are facing financial insecurity.

If you are a student that would like to apply for financial help to attend this year’s festival please fill out the application by February 12th.  We will do our best to help as many students as we have funds.  We will notify award recipients by Monday February 15th.

Students funding form

SPONSOR A STUDENT

We are asking faculty, staff, administration, and students, to donate toward our sponsorship funds. Our goal is to fully fund students who apply for the sponsorships. It is $60 to fully fund a student, but any amount that you are willing and able to donate will go toward supporting our students.

**** ACTF Management LTD-Region 7 is recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.****

Click here to Donate https://kcactfregion7.square.site/

HONORS AND AWARDS

Every year we honor individuals that represent the best of Region 7 with one of two awards.  Here are this year’s recipients.

The Kennedy Center Medallion –  Ed Trujillo

Each year, the eight KCACTF regions honor individuals or organizations that have made extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre and who have significantly dedicated their time, artistry and enthusiasm to the development of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Most importantly, recipients have demonstrated a strong commitment to the values and goals of KCACTF and to excellence in educational theatre. It is the most prestigious regional award given by KCACTF and is considered one of the great honors in theatre education.

Ed has been a strong voice for our students, advocating diversity and equity the moment he joined our region.   He is quick with a story and is passionate to use theatre to make this a better world.  A saxophone player with a memorable smile.  Ed is our first Representation, Equity and Diversity Chair and has laid a solid foundation for our future.  We cannot thank him enough for everything he does for our region, but this award is a great start.

The Horace Robinson/Jack Watson Award – Joe Jacoby

Awarded to a Faculty Member in Region VII who shows dedication and support for their students above and beyond the normal duties expected of university faculty.

Horace Robinson was a member of the Theatre Department at the University of Oregon and a co-founder of the Northwest Drama Conference, fore-runner of KCACTF in our region. In the early years Horace served as the President of the organization and organized the annual conference, usually held at the University of Oregon.
Jack Watson was a student of Horace Robinson who joined the faculty at the University of Oregon in 1987. Jack also served as an officer of both organizations including KCACTF Region VII chair and was twice a member of the National Selection Committee.

Instantly recognizable with his tie-dyed clothing and positive energy, Joe has been a solid fixture in our region for many years.  He has a record of being a wonderful production respondent and often a last-minute replacement if needed.  His students and colleagues have nothing but love and praise for him.  Joe represents the best of the region in how he treats everyone as a long lost friend.  Please join us in thanking him.

We will be honoring both of these fine individuals during the festival.  We will have a way for you to share your stories and praise with them directly.  Details to come. 

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION

So with the website issues you can still register for festival with this direct link to registration.  Please share with your students.   Click Here to register for festival

EVENT REGISTRATION

You can still register for some events.  We provided direct links here.

ITJA –  Sign up here
Dramaturgy – Due February 1st  Sign up here
DTM Expo – Due February 3rd  Sign up here

Please Note: Although you can currently sign up for individual events, you must register for the Festival in order to fully participate (attend responses etc) during festival week.  Please pay careful attention to the submission deadlines listed on this page. You cannot submit for individual events the week of festival. 

NEXT STEP AUDITIONS = DEADLINE TO REGISTER – FEB 1ST

PERFORMERS:

  • You will record and submit a 2-minute max audition video which will include a slate. What you do with these 2 minutes is up to you. You may perform a monologue, a song, 2 contrasting monologues, a monologue and a song, the choice is yours. Pick material that shows off your personality and talents.

DESIGN/TECH/MANAGEMENT (DTM):

  • Students should prepare a video presentation of your portfolio and/or resume. Your video should be no longer than 5 minutes. Remember, you are showcasing yourself as well as your theatre interests and skills.

Once you submit your video there is nothing more that you will need to do unless you are informed you are selected for an additional interview. You will know if you are selected for an additional interview by the first day of the festival.

Additional interviews are at the discretion of the participating Next Step School and/or Company. Be sure to be checking your email so you know what you will need to do if selected for an additional interview.

Here are the links to the Next Step Forms on Submittable

Next Step DTM Interview Link

Next Step Performance: Transfer to 4 Year Link

Next Step Performance: Graduate School and Internship Link

Next Step Performance: Summer and Year Round Work Link

ATHE/KCACTF PRIZE for INNOVATIVE TEACHING

Call for Nominations

ATHE (Association for Theatre in Higher Education) and KCACTF have partnered to create two ATHE/KCACTF Prizes:

  •  the ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovative Teaching, awarded to a faculty member, and
  • the ATHE/KCACTF Prize for Innovation, awarded to a graduate student displaying outstanding, innovative work.

Each region collects nominations and award recipients for their region. Nominees can come from any source, self-nominees included. Ideally, the prizes will be awarded by an ATHE representative/member at each KCACTF region festival.

Teaching nominees should submit a CV, teaching philosophy, letter of recommendation, and one-page statement that describes how the nominee is innovative in regard to student success in the area of pedagogy and theatre arts.

Graduate student nominees should submit a CV, letter of recommendation, and a one page statement that describes how the nominee is innovative in regard to their studies and/or research.

Winners receive a certificate, ATHE membership waiver for one year, and ATHE conference fee waiver for one year.

The prizes can be awarded to any teacher and graduate student in the region, and it is desirable that her or his affiliated institution be a KCACTF participating school.

Nominations are due to the regional committee by February 10th

Submit nominations here.  https://forms.gle/nAaminzaHX3iZTN7A



January 15

Event Registration

Deadlines for many events are fast approaching. Please go to https://www.kcactf7.org/festival-events/ and follow the steps listed for each event. Submission deadlines have been extended for some events so please double check.

  • Irene Ryans – Due January 15th
  • ITJA – Due January 15th
  • MTSA – Due January 20th
  • Dramaturgy – Due February 1st
  • DTM Expo – Due February 1st

Reminder: You do not have to be registered to sign up for an event. Students can submit their videos, documents, etc prior to festival registration. Meaning you can submit materials either prior or after registration. If you have questions please contact the event coordinator.

Please Note: Although you can sign up for events, you must register to attend responses etc at festival. Please pay careful attend to the submission deadlines listed on this page. You cannot submit the week of festival.

Registration 

Registration is alive and ready for you!!! Click Here to register for festival There is not a “bulk” or “group” registration option. You will have to enter each student/faculty individually. Once registered individuals will receive via email a registration code to access all events for the festival. This are specific to the individual. So if you are registering more than one person (or all your students), you will need to be register each person separately and we will need the following information.

Needed attendee information

  • Name
  • Email
  • Address
  • Contact phone
  • Pronouns
  • School
We will be accepting credit cards on the website or you can choose the invoice option and mail checks/purchase orders and a list of students/faculty you are paying for.

Students         $60 Faculty/Staff $80

Festival Highlights

Our program, A STAR IS BORED, holds space for conversations with artists across the spectrum of the theatre industry in our overall mission to elevate and amplify the voices of both the LGBTQ+ & BIPOC community as we examine the revolutionary state of creating art during a global pandemic and how we can expand our practices to heal our industry so we can continue to take risks as artists. Guests include: Pulitzer Prize Winner For Drama Michael R. Jackson, Gabrielle Ruiz, Michael Potts, Juwan Crawley, Lesli Margherita, Ari Afsar, Michael Potts, and Rachel Sussman.

Our goal with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is to holding conversation with artists native to each region of students, demonstrating that theatre knows no bounds, can be made wherever you make space to let it. You can follow our content on Instagram at @starisbored.podWe are still looking for presenters from the Asian-American, Pacific Islander and Latinx communities in the areas of playwriting, history, dramaturgy, performance and technical theatre. Please contact Ed Trujillo RED Chair (Representation, Equity, Diversity)

KCACTF Region VII at edtrujillo261@gmail.com.

Workshop Submissions

There is still time to share your time, energy and expertise with KCACTF Region 7. Workshops function as the heart of our annual festival; students and faculty are inspired, challenged and the arc/direction of their training and teaching is often deeply influenced  by their interactions with you  at festival.

For full consideration please submit workshop by January 16th 2021

(late submissions as space allows will be accepted through February 1st 2021)

Click here to submit a workshop

The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy welcomes Naveen Kumar!

As part of the virtual festival for Region VII this 2021 ITJA is most excited to welcome our guest journalist Naveen Kumar. He is a freelance culture writer and editor whose recent work appears in them.us, Vox, and The Hollywood Reporter. He serves as theatre critic for the queer new site Towler Road and contributes reviews to Time Out New York. He is also associate director of the O’Neill Center Critics Institute. His theatre features have appeared in The New York Times, L.A. Times, The Daily Beast, Teen Vogue, American Theatre, and more.

If you would like to familiarize yourself with some of his writing you can find selected articles at his website here: https://www.naveenkumarwrites.com/

If enrollment is at 15:

As of now the ITJA competition and workshops are closed. To accept any more participants. Final details are being assessed and will be sent via email to enrolled participants.

If there is still room for enrolment:

Please be sure to register for enrollment through the KCACTF Region VII website. There is a small form the regional organizer (Kamarie Chapman) has requested all participants fill out and receive confirmation before participating. Each participant must be available from 2pm-4pm PST each day of the festival (Feb 17-20) for a masterclass and assignment from our guest journalist. This is an active competition with nightly writing assignments and deadlines.

ITJA Faculty Participants:

The role of Chairing and event with the region should rotate through many faculty. The current coordinator, Kamarie Chapman, would love to be able to pass the baton or coordination to another person (maybe even an actual journalist or an educator with that background) and is hoping to find someone to take her place. This is a wonderful competition to organize for someone who may not have all the extra time to commit to multiple organizational meetings, but who understands this festival and can be an awesome liaison with a RED focus and interest in intersectional Journalism and Criticism in a contemporary setting for professional development. This is also a wonderful way for a faculty member from a smaller program that may not seem as represented to have a chance to step into leadership. If you think that you are interested, please send an email to Kamarie.Chapman@wwu.edu to discuss moving forward to be a faculty observer in 2021 and a position of co-chair for 2022.

More ITJA at the National Level:

Keep an eye out for nationally sponsored workshops with Ashley Lee of the L.A. Times discussing representation in journalism of the arts!



December 15

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION

Festival registration is alive and ready for you!!! 

You can find the registration link on the website  in the upper right corner.  Once registered individuals will receive via email a registration code to access all events for the festival.  This are specific to the individual.  So if you are registering more than one person (or all your students), you will need to be register each person separately and we will need the following information.

  •      Name
  •      Email
  •      Address
  •     Contact phone
  •     Pronouns
  •     School

We will be accepting credit cards on the website or you can mail checks/purchase orders for group registration. 

Students $60
Faculty/Staff $80

EVENT REGISTRATION

There is no “part 2” of the registration this year.  If you are signing up for events like the Irene Ryans, MTSA, DTM Expo, NPP, ITJA etc  you must go to Enter events  and follow the steps listed for each event.  Students can submit their videos, documents, etc separate from the registration.  Meaning you can submit materials either prior or after registration. 

Please Note: Although you can sign up for events, you must register to attend responses etc at festival. Please pay careful attend to the submission deadlines listed on this page.  You cannot submit the week of festival.

The KCACTF/LORT ASPIRE Region 7 Leadership Fellows Program‘s application has been extended to January 15!

Semi-finalists will be given FREE registration to the festival. The application is simple and you can get more information and fill it out here.  ASPIRE is designed to cultivate a new generation of artistic and administrative leaders for the American Theatre!

WORKSHOP SUBMISSIONS

Thank you so much for sharing your time, energy and expertise with KCACTF Region 7. Workshops function as the heart of our annual festival; students and faculty are inspired, challenged and the arc/direction of their training and teaching is often deeply influenced by their interactions with you at festival.

For full consideration please submit workshop by January 16th 2021
(late submissions as space allows will be accepted through February 1st 2021)

Click here to submit a workshop

RED

For the 2021 festival, Region VII is adopting The Body Is Not An Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love by Sonya Renee Taylor, to support the Representation, Equity and Diversity (RED) initiatives. This text offers foundational language and concepts to better understand the intricate and intersecting nature of systemic oppression as it relates to the relationship we have with our own individual bodies and across identity groups. Our goal is that everyone involved in the festival–leadership, workshop presenters, faculty, and students–will read the text and apply it to our theatre practice. The RED chairs and workshop committee view this text as a vital step in changing the oppressive aspects of theatre. We will hold open discussions of the text during the festival so that we may process and grow as a community of theatre practitioners and educators. 

The book, The Body is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self Love by Sonya Renee Taylor, is available for purchase as an eBook here.

 You may also find the text at your local or university library or any other online avenues. If you need financial assistance in acquiring the text, we have 100 e-copies that will be available on a first come, first served basis. We ask that if you can purchase the text, you do so. Please contact Kevin and Natashia at bookassist.KCACTF.R7@gmail.com if you need an e-copy. 

FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS

The committee would like to thank all the schools that submitted productions for consideration.  We were impressed in how all of you found a way to create theatre in year of Covid-19. You should be applauded for not letting this year dampen your creative spirit.  The following productions will be available for viewing the week of festival.

  •     Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl – Southern Oregon University
  •     how to clean your room (and remember all your trauma) by j. chavez – Western Washington Univ
  •     Blood at the Root by Dominique Morisseau– CSU East Bay
  •     She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms by Qui Nguyen– University of Colorado
  •     Sweat by Lynn Nottage – Sacrament State University
  •     Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Taylor Mac– Spokane Falls Community College


December 2

FESTIVAL REGISTRATION

We are feverishly working on getting the registration setup.  Lot’s to do with the bank to make sure everything works and is secure.  We will be accepting credit cards, checks , and group registration.  We hope to have it up in the next week.  Information will be on the website, so keep an eye open    

Students          $60
Faculty/Staff    $80

SCHOLARLY PAPERS COMPETITION

Students, Teachers and Mentors – A Call for Submissions

 The deadline for the 2021 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 7 ​Scholarly Papers Competition is approaching.

 Whether undergraduate or graduate student, consider submitting your finest research or creative paper from your history, theory and criticism and creative writing classes to the competition.

The deadline is January 15, and the winners in the categories of undergraduate and graduate will receive a certificate and award of $100 from KCACTF Region 7.

 Though not mandatory, the length of the submissions tend to be eight pages for undergraduate and twelve pages for graduate. The format styles may vary. The papers are assessed primarily on scholarly rigor and originality.

 Please go to KCACTF Region 7 Festival Events,Then select the Scholarly Paper Competition for details.

FESTIVAL NEWS

Festival dates February 17-20

The regional executive team and event coordinators are working hard to make this the best virtual festival we have ever had.  For the latest news for your favorite events go to KCACTF Region 7 Festival Events

Festival productions

The selection committee will be meeting next week to select the productions to be featured at this year’s festival. Schools will be contacted and we will announce the shows in the next newsletter and on the website.

Workshops

The workshop committee is putting the final touches on the application form.  We will be posting the link on the website in the coming days.

Workshops can be presented by Faculty or students.  If you need some inspiration, the workshop committee will also have a list of suggested topics collected from regional input.

UNSETTLING DRAMATURGY AWARD

The Unsettling Dramaturgy Award is for self-identified Black, Black Indigenous, Black Native, and/or Afro-Indigenous theatre, dance and experimental performance makers.This award is our collective response to anti-Black racism and the intersecting systemic oppressions and exclusions that shape our performance arts ecologies. This award is an expression of our alignment with movements like Black Lives Matter.

This award will include:

  • A cash gift
  • A feature of the nominee’s work on the Unsettling Dramaturgy and HowlRound websites, and through our social media platforms
  • An invitation to participate in an online gathering with other awarded artists, which will be produced for the public in collaboration with HowlRound in 2021

Awards will be granted on a first-come first-serve basis until all available funds have been expended. If extra funds become available the nomination period will be extended.

Nominations are open now until December 31st, 2020.

More information go here: 

 

SPONSOR A STUDENT AT FESTIVAL

Every $60 supports one student’s full participation at the Festival this year. Students will be awarded their scholarship through the region’s REPRESENTATION, EQUITY, AND DIVERSITY (RED) INITIATIVE.  RED is committed to assembling selection, scholarship, and award panels at Regional and National festivals that will create equitable representation of race, gender, gender identity, ability, and sexuality.

**** ACTF Management LTD-Region 7 is recognized by the IRS as a not for profit 501c3 charitable organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.****

Donate here



November 16

I hope you are all well and staying safe. I am so proud to say that Region 7 is producing so much theatre in this crazy year. You’re creativity is inspiring. Please pass this onto your students so we can get the word out. If you have questions or comments, feel free to let us know.
Ronn Campbell, MFA
Chair KCACTF Region VII

New website

If you have not seen the new website design, please go here to check it out.  All the latest event details and information can be found there. More to come.

Archiving Theatre in 2020

The Theatre 2020 Collection is seeking digital files from theatre professionals that could help future scholars and students understand this moment and how the theatre community responded. How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your career? Your organization or theatre company? How have your plans changed? We’ll be collecting stories and files throughout the duration of the pandemic. Simply register as an individual or an organization, and we’ll send you a link to a Box.com folder with instructions on how to upload content. You can choose to submit whatever files you are comfortable sharing that help document your experience or the experience of your organization. The Ransom Center will review submissions to ensure they align with the scope of this collecting initiative, and the files will be preserved and made accessible for research at the Center. For more information check out the Harry Ransom Center

Stage Director and Choreographers Society (SDC)

Directing Initiative
Given the unique conditions of festival this year, the SDC Directing Initiative event at Region 7 will also be a virtual event. The goal is to make the event this year something that directing students can participate in without needing too many resources. So the format of the event for the 2021 Festival will be different from years past.

This year the participants will submit a video presentation of their production ideas for the play they select from the list of options, with a focus on the scene specified in the list. The scenes themselves will not be recorded, just the director’s presentation of their ideas, so they participants will not need to recruit actors, secure props, etc. as has been required in the past. The participant’s presentations will be evaluated on the quality and articulation of their ideas, not at all the quality of the video submitted.
One student director from each region will be selected to participate in the National Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Washington D.C. this April. The National Festival will also be virtual, and the experience will involve a prerecorded presentation very much like the one prepared for the Regional Festival. Unique educational opportunities will be planned for the award recipients at the National Festival. In addition, finalists receive a one-year Associate Membership in SDC. SDC underwrites the National Award(s), which is the result of a unique collaboration between SDC and KCACTF. Associate Membership in SDC introduces each regional finalist to the national community of professional stage directors and choreographers.
Guidelines for the event, including application information will be posted at the new Region 7 website very very soon at https://www.kcactf7.org/about-kcactf7/sdc/. The application process will be very similar to past years, except that the requirement that “The institution must have entered either an associate or participating production for the regional festival during the year in which the nomination occurs” will be waived this year.
The list of scenes which can be used for this year’s event (including versions of the scenes in PDF) is here (under “SDC Scene Selections 2021”): https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/opportunities-for-artists/pre-professional-artist-training/kcactf/directing/
If you or your students have any questions, feel freeto email Andrew Golla, the Region 7 Directing Coordinator: gollaup@gmail.com
DEADLINE: The application deadline for this event is December 15, 2020 at 5 p.m.

Sponsor a Student at Festival

Every $60 supports one student’s full participation at the Festival this year. Students will be awarded their scholarship through the region’s REPRESENTATION, EQUITY, AND DIVERSITY (RED) INITIATIVE. RED is committed to assembling selection, scholarship, and award panels at Regional and National festivals that will create equitable representation of race, gender, gender identity, ability, and sexuality.

**** ACTF Management LTD-Region 7 is recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.**** 

Donate Now 

Festival

December is only a few weeks away. We will have the registration up and running December 1. There will be options for individual and group registration. Details will be posted on the website as soon as it is ready.

Production Responses

First of all a HUGE THANK YOU to all the production respondents for sharing your time and experience in responding to all the regional productions. IF you have responded to a production we would like to remind you to fill out your response form here. Please try to complete the form by December 5th. If you have questions or would like to become a respondent contact one of the coordinators below.

  • Carrie Colton (California, Nevada) ccolton@msudenver.edu
  • Paul Yeates (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii) yeatrich@isu.edu
  • John Hill (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado) john.hill@frontrange.edu


November 2

More new information for you in this edition of the newsletter. Please pass this onto your students so we can get the word out. If you have questions or comments, feel free to let us know
Ronn Campbell, MFA
Chair KCACTF Region VII

We Need Your Photos

Thanks to the hard work of Scott Robinson and Keylee Anderson we have a brand new website!
www.kcactf7.org is still the main page but, be mindful that most of your bookmarks may have changed. Go peruse the new site and let us know what you think.
The region could use your help. We would like to highlight photos from this past festival on the new website. If you are willing to share your photos please send them to  Scott Robinson 

KCACTF/LORT ASPIRE Leadership Fellows Program

The KCACTF/LORT ASPIRE Leadership Fellows Program is designed to cultivate a new generation
of artistic and administrative leaders for the American Theatre with a focus of engaging Black,
Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and members of other groups that are historically
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 anti-racism as well as
leadership skills building, investigation of institutional challenges, and professional networking
opportunities.
One student from each region will be chosen to participate in a week-long fellowship that occurs as
part of the annual national convening of the American College Theatre Festival at the Kennedy
Center in Washington, D.C. The curriculum is designed and led by professionals from LORT
institutions in partnership with staff from the Kennedy Center and the American College Theatre
Festival Regional Chairs.

Applicants for the ASPIRE Leadership Fellows Program are evaluated based on potential and interest to:

  • Create and articulate an artistic or administrative vision
  • Lead and inspire others
  • Collaborate with all members of a team
  • Engage within the community at large
  • Think creatively and innovate
  • Articulate the theatre’s role and relevance in global diversity and current events
    For more info on the ASPIRE program, see the League of Regional Theatre’s website here.
    Interested in applying for the ASPIRE program in Region 7? All the info is below!

ROUND 1: APPLY FOR REGION 7 SEMI-FINALIST COHORT
To apply to become a Region 7 ASPIRE Program Semi-Finalist, complete the application here by
December 11, 2020. From these submissions, no more than 12 students will be chosen to move on as Semi-Finalists in the ASPIRE KCACTF Region 7 Program. Semi-Finalists will be given a second, more extensive written and oral presentation assignment for evaluation during the Festival so please apply only if you are prepared to complete the larger assignment, detailed below in ROUND 2 instructions. This year, all 12 ASPIRE Semi-Finalists from Region 7 will receive a full scholarship for their Regional KCACTF Registration Fees.
ROUND 2: CREATING A PITCH
By December 13, the ASPIRE Region 7 Semi-Finalist Cohort will be notified and sent the full
instructions for creating a Theatre Pitch to be presented to national arts leaders and working
professionals. A condensed version of the instructions, for the purpose of illustrating the workload and necessary commitment is below:
ASPIRE students will create and pitch a theatrical season and a new theatre company to a selectors
panel of theatre professionals. Students are welcome to consider the current impact of COVID-19 on
the performing arts industry. However, the current pandemic should not limit the student’s imagination
in the creation of their company. This exercise will prepare ASPIRE students to think critically about
leadership styles, programming, and company models while demonstrating their ability to innovate and
think creatively.
The following is a set of guidelines to help prepare an effective pitch:
• Students have 10 minutes to present their pitch followed by 5 minutes to take questions from the selectors; students will be responsible for allocating their own time accordingly.
• The presentation must include the name of the theatre company, the mission of the theatre company, where the theatre company or theatrical season will take place (town, city, state, country), and play titles/authors (if known). This presentation may include a PowerPoint, Video, or other virtual display. articulating and illustrating the aforementioned information for review.
• Students should articulate the role and relevance of their season and/or new theatre company in terms of audience, community, and efforts towards greater diversity.
• Students should be mindful that while budgets, season calendars, and other higher-level elements of a theatre’s operations are important, the allotted time does not provide the selectors a chance to review these materials critically. Emphasis on mission, values, season selection, and on audience and community engagement is strongly encouraged.

TIMELINE:
Late October 2020: ASPIRE Region 7 Semi-Finalist Cohort Application Opens
December 4, 2020: ASPIRE Region 7 Cohort Application Deadline
December 11, 2021: Semi-Finalist Cohort notified and given guidelines and resources to craft
Theatre Pitch
February 3-5, 2021: “Office Hours” ASPIRE Coordinators Available to Semi-Finalists to give
guidance, assist with pitches, and answer any questions
February 17 (afternoon)*: Semi-Finalist Orientation, Workshop, and Discussion
February 18 (morning/early afternoon)*: 15 minute one-on-one meetings for all Semi-Finalists torelay their Theatre Pitch to Industry Leader(s)
February 19 (afternoon)*: Semi-Finalist Workshop
February 19 (evening)*: ASPIRE Finalists announced
February 20 (morning)*: 25-30 minute one-on-one meetings for Finalists to relay their Theatre Pitch
to LORT Representative/Respondent
*dates and times during the week of Festival subject to change
Questions? Please email KCACTF Region 7 Aspire Co-Coordinators:
Jackie Apodaca apodacaj@sou.edu and Roman Sanchez roman.sanchez@arts.ca.gov

News from the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy:

Over the spring and summer initiatives all over the globe (and very much in the United States) have been asking theatre practitioners to address the systemic racism surrounding and supporting the theatre practices that have become ritual. Entertainment Journalism is undergoing a huge reckoning and change around the country and KCACTF has decided to support these efforts. Lead by journalist and activist Jose Solís, KCACTF will be helping to host ten virtual salons. They are titled: “The Critical Ecosystem with Jose Solis”. First one is Thursday November 19th from 5-6:30pm PST. These sessions will also include members of The New York Theatre Workshop’s Instigators.
The sessions are open for virtual attendance and will be quite exciting. More information to come on registration and attendance. Until then, please learn more about Jose and this wonderful program from this American Theatre Magazine article.

Festival 53

We are close to completing the registration gateway for students and faculty to register for the festival. We will be live by the beginning of December and will be sending those details in the newsletter and posting on the website. Stay Tuned!

Workshops

Workshop submissions are being reinvented this year. Our Workshop Committee is actively collecting information on subjects that our students are interested in. We will then be seeking faculty and professionals to teach these workshops. If you are interested in learning more please contact:
Kevin Neighbors  or Patrick Dizney 

Producaiton Responses

If you have not registered your production please do so with at least 2 weeks before opening night. Respondent coordinators need the time to schedule a respondent. All responses will be virtual, and can be from a video of the production if you are not streaming it online. If you have questions email one of our new Respondent Coordinators:
Carrie Colton (California, Nevada)
Paul Yeates (Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii) 
John Hill (Montana, Wyoming, Colorado) 
Register your production here – https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/opportunities-for-artists/pre-professional-artist-training/kcactf/production-entry/



October

I hope that your Fall is going well.  This newsletter has the latest on the festival coming this February.  The regional officers and coordinators have been working hard with their regional counterparts and national to find the best way to celebrate our students.  Most of the events you have come to expect and love at festival will be there, even if it is a little different.  If you have additional questions don’t hesitate to reach out to the area coordinator or the leadership. 

Ronn Campbell, Chair

Region VII Festival 53

DATES – The virtual festival will take place on new days this year, February 17-20, 2021.  This will be a Wednesday – Saturday festival to make it easier for students to work around class schedules.

FEES – We reworked the budget and for the virtual festival the registration fees will be lower and all inclusive.  That mean no additional fees for different events. Registration will be open in November.

Students – $60
Faculty/Staff – $80

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

We are so excited to announce that Danielle Moné Truitt will be this year’s Keynote speaker

 Danielle Moné Truitt
Danielle Moné Truitt

Danielle Moné Truitt is the true definition of a Triple Threat.  The actor, singer, and dancer hails from Sacramento, California where she studied Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in television and film. Truitt got her start in theatre, but received national attention when she was hand picked by the late John Singleton for the title role of his drama series Rebel. Danielle is now among a very short list of Black Actresses that have led their own television shows as the central character. Truitt also recently starred in FOX Networks new drama series Deputy as a series regular alongside Stephen Dorff. 

Truitt has been nominated for two Ovation Awards; the first for her performance in The Mountaintop and the second, for her role in Dreamgirls. She was also nominated for an NAACP Theatre Award for her role in The Mountaintop. She created a dynamic one woman play called 3: Black Girl Blues that she’s produced and performed to sold out audiences in Los Angeles, Sacramento and New York. Most recently, she performed a #SafeAtHome version for social media during COVID-19. Some of her other stage credits include In The HeightsThe Legend Of Georgia McBrideAidaA Raisin in the Sun, Neat and Hair. Truitt has appeared on TV in guest starring roles on SnowfallSuper Fun Night and Mulaney. Truitt made history when she joined the cast of the Academy Award Nominated Animation The Princess and the Frog as the video reference for Princess Tiana. She performed the body movements and facial expressions for the Disney Princess, ultimately giving Princess Tiana her persona and essence as well as performing a voice for another character in the film, Georgia. 

IRENE RYANS 

The Irene Ryan’s this coming festival will be obviously different in format and schedule.  This year in an effort to be accessible to students and programs that might not be producing shows the Irene Ryan’s will allow students to self-nominate.  This does not negate those with Irene Ryan nominations, they can participate as well.  More information on video criteria and how to self nominate coming soon. 

How the Irene Ryan’s will operate this year:

–  Ryan’s will submit one (1) video with two monologues, as one file, as their package. No Scenes and no partners. Mp4 is the preferred format and we will be post more on this soon.
–  The videos should be no longer than 4 minutes and consist of a slate (Name and play titles) and two monologues.
–  Prelims will be due 3 weeks before the start of our official festival week. Date TBD. 
–  We will not be having semi-finals this year. We announce the 32 finalists on the first day of the festival or opening ceremonies should that be an option. 
–  We release the finalist’s videos for public viewing on the second to last day of the festival.
–  Awards announced at the closing ceremony. 
–  Prelims will not have respondents this year but the 32 finalists will get feedback from regional respondents. This feedback will be written unless a student has other learning needs where a live or prerecorded response will be arranged for them. 
–  Students from any school not doing a fall production or had cancelled spring/winter productions can self nominate to enter as an Irene Ryan.
–  All videos (shot on a computer, phone, etc) must be shot horizontally and from at least the knees up, but no higher than hips up. The video must be sent as an MP4 file. They must slate clearly with both pieces at the beginning of the video. The video must not exceed 4 minutes in total.
–  If you have additional questions contact the Irene Ryan Coodinator, Shea King 

RED (Representation, Equity, Diversity)

Hello Friends and Colleagues, I am Ed Trujillo, RED (Representation, Equity, Diversity) Chair KCACTF Region VII, along with Natashia Lindsey, Vice-Chair. We are asking for your help as we are creating a RED Advisory Board for Region VII.

We are looking for students to sit on the board for one year as we create opportunities for increasing diversity in all of its manifestations at festival and during the school year. Students will receive training in helping plan the annual festival and also helping their theatre programs with advice concerning season planning, guest artists, curriculum and community outreach.

We know these are trying times and we have heard students’ voices. They want to have their say. Attached is the Advisory Board Application and a KCACTF National Response to challenges we face as a nation and as theatre artists.

Please have your interested students contact us. We are extending the deadline to October 7, 2020, but will keep it open till we have the positions filled.

Ed Trujillo, RED Chair KCACTF Region VII  925-658-2989

Natashia Lindsey, RED Vice-Chair KCACTF VII   270-999-5558

WEBSITE

A brand new website is receiving it’s finishing touches as you read this.  We expect it to go live this month.  We are so excited for you to see it.  It will have all the latest on the festival and events.  So please be patient as we make this transition.

Production Responses

If you have not registered your production please do so with at least 2 weeks before opening night.  Respondent coordinators need the time to schedule a respondent.  All responses will be virtual, and can be from a video of the production if you are not streaming it online.  If you have questions email Ashley DeMoville  or Vanessa Ballam.

Register your production here

From the Chair

I realize that there are many other events not mentioned in this newsletter.  The regional leadership and coordinators are working so hard to adapt to this virtual festival format. We will be sending out more information as soon as it becomes available

I wanted you all to know that there is amazing work going on in our Region.  Students and faculty are finding unique ways to produce theatre in this crazy time.  You are not alone, and I encourage you to reach out to other schools near you to see and support each other. 

If you have any questions, thoughts, or need clarification on items described above please reach out and contact me.

Ronn Campbell M.F.A.
Senior Associate Professor Theatre Arts Dept. Lead
509.542.5544, or ext. 2344 509.531.7707 cell He/Him/His rcampbell@columbiabasin.edu
2600 N. 20th Ave. Pasco, WA 99301