Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

The Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving students from colleges and universities nationwide. Their goals are:

To encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs.

To provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight; and achieve professionalism.

To improve the quality of college and university theater in America.

To encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students; the classics, revitalized or newly conceived; and experimental works.

KCACTF is an exciting opportunity for our students to interact with their peers and gain regional and, perhaps, national exposure. At the discretion of the faculty, the Department will, from time to time, enter Mainstage productions into the Regional Competition.

Some Mainstage productions are entered as Participating Entries and are, therefore, eligible to attend regional and national competition. If a student is involved in a Participating Entry, the time commitment goes far beyond the normal run-of-show. KCACTF regional competition is usually held in February and will require travel and additional rehearsals.

One  Mainstage production is entered as Associate entries and one as a Participating in the annual KCACTF competition. The Participating means that a production is eligible to be nominated for the regional or national levels of the competition, and these productions are therefore is designed for travel. The Associate entry is not able to be nominated and thus is not designed for travel. However, an adjudicator does attend the both productions to give feedback to the participants, including Director, designer, and actors. Designers and Stage Managers along with two actors from each production may be nominated to proceed to the regional level of the Irene Ryan competition. If they choose to take advantage of this offer, they will go to the annual KCACTF regional (usually held in February) and perform a monologue and (with a partner of faculty choice who travels with them) a scene. Regional finalists, and their partners, travel to Washington D.C. to compete for the Irene Ryan scholarship at the Kennedy Center, usually in April. The scholarship is awarded for the school of the winner’s choice.

MCC students Angel Moreno and
Chris Vehon in front of their 
display at KCACTF in Utah.

MCC Theatre & Film Arts students that have participated in competition at both regional and national levels have earned a number of awards in various categories. The second show of the fall theatre season is entered into KCACTF. This production will showcase student artists work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

MCC student Mercedes O'Bannion 
poses with her costuming display

Theatre & Film Arts Student Achievements at KCACTF


Glenn Starr - 1st place for Technical Direction

Jesse Soper - 2nd place for Props Design

Tasia Mercadante - 2nd place for Makeup Design 

Tyler Scrivner - 3rd place for Scenic Design

Kenzie Wood - 3rd place for Lighting Design

Matt Huss - 3rd place for Dramaturgy

Solomon Cruz - 4th place for Sound Design

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