Festival Events

Festival Events

Festival Event Registration Instructions

Festival 53 –  February 17-20, 2021
Due to the current state of the nation and our region, this year’s Festival will be a virtual event. 
Details of how to register for individual events will be provided below as details are available.  

Individuals and Schools Register for the Festival Here

 

ASPIRE LEADERSHIP FELLOWS

 

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!

ROUND 1: APPLY FOR REGION 7 SEMI-FINALIST COHORT

To apply to become a Region 7 ASPIRE Program Semi-Finalist, complete the application below by December 4, 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 to relay 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

Apply for the Aprire program in Region 7

DTM – DESIGN, TECHNOLOGY, MANAGEMENT

Submissions due by February 3rd, 2021

Submit Entry Here

Expo Submission Guidelines

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ITJA – INSTITUTE FOR THEATRE JOURNALISM AND ADVOCACY

To enter for the 2021 online festival, please go to the following online form, read, and return a response to the Region VII ITJA Chair no later than January 15, 2021.  If there is no more room in the competition you will be notified within 48 hours of receiving your email response.  Thank you!

ITJA Registration Form Here

NPP – NATIONAL PLAY PROGRAM

SDC – DIRECTING AND DEVISING INITIATIVES

Directing Initiative

To be eligible for the SDC Directing Initiative program:

  • (waived for the Feb. 2021 virtual festival)Students must be nominated by a faculty member from the student’s institution.
  • Nominated students must have demonstrated excellence in direction.
  • (waived for the Feb. 2021 virtual festival) – The institution must have entered either an associate or participating production for the regional festival during the year in which the nomination occurs.
  • The participant must be a bona fide student at the time of the regional festival.

SDC Directing Guidelines 2021

Email Application to SDC Coordinator


Devising Initiative

The Devising Initiative will not be accepting projects this year to to COVID restrictions and the virtual nature of the 20201 Festival.

DRAMATURGY

HOW TO APPLY:

PLEASE NOTE: Your application and its supporting materials should be submitted as one packet in PDF form. No print copies, please. Click here for how to submit your packet as a PDF.

  • Put together a title page, identifying the dramaturg, the project, and the school. Include your address, phone number, email address, and date of the project.
  • Include two statements written by the dramaturg, one delineating the project and its challenges, the other detailing the process from start to finish.
  • Enclose a letter of nomination from a faculty member. If you wish, you may include more letters of support from persons directly related to the project— collaborating artists or audience members for a workshop or production, or fellow students/teachers in a classroom project.
  • Include all materials that seem relevant, but not to exceed 100 pages. This may include emails between the director, the cast, the designers, etc., and the dramaturg; pictures of the display; information from websites created; questions asked during the process; and information gathered for individual packets. We are not interested in your reproducing all that you researched, but in your analysis and compilation of materials researched.
  • Entries for Region VII must be received, electronically, by 5 pm, February 1st.

Submit entries in a digital format for Region 7

RYAN ACTING SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION

Irene Ryan Prelim Round  |  Irene Ryan’s Semi-Finalists  |  Irene Ryan Finalists
2020 Irene Ryan Important Dates and Deadlines:

Rules and Criteria:

  • IreneRyan nominees will be selected by students self-nominating themselves. Students do not need to be a part of a participating production to nominate and there is no limit to the number of students, per campus, that can self-nominate. Even if you received a nomination for your work from a KCACTF respondent you must still follow the steps for self-nomination. You will have until January 15th to register and pay for everything AND upload your audition video. No late submissions will be considered.
  • Irene Ryan’s will be entirely virtual and prerecorded this year. As a nominee student, you will need to record a 3 to 4-minute video that must include a slate and two monologues. No scene partners this year. You will have until January 15th to register and pay for everything AND upload your audition video. No late submissions will be considered.
  • VIDEO FORMATTING – Your video audition must be between 3-4 minutes in length with a slate and both your monologues in a single unedited shot. Your video must be shot in landscape/horizontal; you must be visible from the waist up and the video must be uploaded as an mp4 file. 
  • Once you have submitted your video no further submissions are required. Your initial video will be for your preliminary and final round should you move on.
  • From these initial submissions, 32 will be selected for the finals. Each of the finalists must participate in a 10 minute one on one feedback session with one of our finalist selectors. These sessions will take place on February 19, 2021. Times TBD.
  • Finalists will be announced on the first day of the festival, February 17, 2021.

Audition material should be selected from the following:

  • Public domain (non-copyrighted material)
  • Material written for or by the candidate
  • Material for which permission of the rights holder can be secured

Written proof of permission from the rights-holder must be presented at each level (regional and national) of the Irene Ryan Auditions for any material that has not previously been designated as available (see rights holders’ information below).

Once you receive written permission (if applicable), you must keep the original secured in your possession as this is a legal document entitling you to perform the piece). You must be able to provide this to the coordinator upon request. 

Any royalty fee(s) for material performed in the auditions is the sole responsibility of the nominee.  Be advised that if a royalty fee is required, it must be paid prior to receiving written permission to perform the material.  Please plan accordingly.

To find the publisher of a particular play, go to the following website:  www.findaplay.com


January 15th:

  • Register and pay for everything AND complete step 2 which includes uploading your audition video. No late submissions will be considered.

Submit Entry Here


February 17th:

  • Max 32 finalists will be announced, and your response session will be scheduled. Our main form of communication will be through email so check them regularly.

February 19th :

  • Response sessions will take place and a public showing of the finalist video auditions will be shared with the region for a limited time viewing.

February 20th:

  • 5:00 pm Finalists will be announced below

 

MUSICAL THEATRE SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION – MTSA

MTSA Preliminary Round  |  MTSA Finalists 
2020 MTSA Important Dates and Deadlines:

Rules and Criteria:

  • The Musical Theatre Scholarship Auditions (MTSA) are open for application. A nomination is not required for participation.
  • You will have until January 20th, 2021 to register and pay for everything AND upload your audition video. No late submissions will be considered.
  • MTSA will be entirely virtual this year. As a participating student, you will need to record one Musical Theatre song selection not to exceed 3 minutes (timing begins in the first acting moment).
  • VIDEO FORMATTING – Your video audition must be between 3-4 minutes in length with a slate and your song in a single unedited shot. Please begin your video submission with a slate (Name, title of piece, show, composer).
  • FILMING TIPS
  • Recorded accompaniment encouraged but karaoke track accompaniment is also acceptable.
  • File must be submitted as an Mp4 and labeled with MTSA & the performer’s name.
  • Neutral Background encouraged.
  • We encourage neutral clothing/solid colors. 
  • Film in Landscape Orientation – from waist to just above the top of your head (when thinking about movement, bear in mind the camera and keep things simple and clear).
  • Stationary Camera (Smart Phones preferred).
  • Please use Native Microphone (from recording device – not an added external mic).
  • Natural Lighting encouraged.
  • Speaker playing accompaniment shouldn’t be closer to the camera than the performer.   Playback hack: place the phone you are using for playback in a coffee mug (it will amplify the sound).
  • Place your focal point (or Other) just to the edge of your camera. (So you’re not looking directly into the camera but very close).
  • Please film in one take – do not splice together several takes.

AFTER YOU SUBMIT/FINAL ROUND

  • From these initial submissions, 16 students will be selected for the finals. Each of the finalists must provide us with the title/show of song they’ll use for the final round. 
  • Each student finalist will engage in a 20-minute coaching session/call back with the 3 finalist selectors. These sessions will take place on February 17-18, 2021. Times TBD.
  • Finalists will use recorded accompaniment in their coaching sessions.
  • We will announce the 16 finalists before the Festival on February 8th, 2021.
  • Students competing in preliminary rounds will receive written feedback – (unless a student has other learning needs where a live or prerecorded response will be arranged for them).
  • We will release the 16 finalist’s videos for public viewing on the first day of the festival.
  • Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony.

January 20th:

  • Register and pay for everything AND complete step 2 which includes uploading your audition video. No late submissions will be considered.

Submit Entry Here

February 8th:

  • Max 16 finalists will be announced, and your final round callback session will be scheduled. Our main form of communication will be through email so please check email regularly.

February 17th:

  • Finalist Rounds will take place

February 18th:

  • Finalist Rounds will take place.

February 19th:

  • A public showing of the 16 finalist video auditions will be shared with the region for a limited time viewing. Times TBD.

February 20th:

If you have additional questions contact the Musical Theatre Scholarship Audition Coordinators, Bud Coleman bud.coleman@colorado.edu Vanessa Ballam ballvane@isu.edu or Alicia Bickley ABickley@yvcc.edu   

 

RYAN ACTING SCHOLARSHIP and MUSICAL THEATRE SCHOLARSHIP AUDITION – Finalists

Finalists for Ryans’s and MSTA

MTSA Finalists 2021

  • Elaine Bell
  • Maryanne Boaz
  • Melissa Burke-Manwaring
  • Hope Fitzgerald
  • Hailee Foster
  • Caitlyn Goeman
  • Luke Holt
  • Alexandria Hunter
  • Logan Jenkins
  • Kyle Lawrence
  • Jessica Moss
  • Alisa Muench
  • Allysia Peine
  • Gillian Rains
  • Hannah Verdi
  • Katherine Ware
  • Victoria Zenner

 

 

 

Other Popular Events

Many regional activities happen during the festival.  
Many of these events will be postponed this year.
Details of how to register for individual events will be provided below as details are available.  

 

 

NextStep

How do I register for Next Step?

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

If you are interested in both educational opportunities AND work opportunities please fill out the appropriate form for your educational level AND the Summer/Year Round Work Form.

S.A.B.R.E – Student Advisory Board for Region 7

This section has not been updated for the 2021 Festival

Scholarly Paper Competition

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region VII seeks to support, encourage, and reward excellence in scholarship in theatre. KCACTF VII invites all college and university students to submit their research manuscripts to the Scholarly Paper Competition. The papers may be written on any theatre arts topic–historical, theoretical or artistic. Students do not need to attend the conference in order to enter.

Manuscripts entered at the graduate student level should not exceed 20 double-spaced, single-sided pages excluding endnotes and references.

Manuscripts entered at the undergraduate student level should not exceed 12 double-spaced, single-sided pages excluding endnotes and references.

Due Date January 15th. All submissions must include the following:

  •      Your Name
  •      School affiliation
  •      Undergraduate or graduate student status
  •      Document attachment as a PDF file

Sumbit Through this Link

 

Improv Olympix!

We are sorry to announce that due to the virtual format this event will not be occurring at the festival this year. 
It shall be revived when we return to a live festival

Musical Cabaret

We are sorry to announce that due to the virtual format this event will not be occurring at the festival this year. 
It shall be revived when we return to a live festival.

Theatre Trivia

We are sorry to announce that due to the virtual format this event will not be occurring at the festival this year. 
It shall be revived when we return to a live festival.