The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will host more than 120 outstanding theater students from colleges and universities across the nation as part of the 44th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), April 16-21, 2012. In January and February of this year, these artists from eight regions presented their outstanding work and were selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for an expense-paid trip to participate in National Festival events taking place at the Kennedy Center.
The National Festival will include Short Play Readings featuring the finalists of the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play and the KCACTF Ten-Minute Play Award; public auditions for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships; the opportunity for participants to take part in master classes and engage with colleagues from across the nation and the Washington, D.C. theater community; and a closing day ceremony for awards in production, directing, choreography, acting, writing, design, stage management, dramaturgy, and theater criticism.
Developed by Roger L. Stevens, Kennedy Center Founding Chairman, KCACTF is dedicated to encouraging, recognizing, and celebrating the finest and most diverse work produced in college and university theater programs. The eight regional festivals and national festival provide an opportunity for college and university theater departments to present their work, especially new or student-written work, and to receive outside assessment. Since its establishment in 1969, KCACTF has reached all 50 states and almost 18 million theatergoers, students, and teachers nationwide.
SHORT PLAY READINGS
The Short Play Readings include four of the national finalists of the John Cauble Award for Best Short Play and the National Finalists of KCACTF Ten-Minute Play Award. Awards will be announced at the closing day awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center at noon on Saturday, April 21.
The John Cauble Short Play Awards Program
This program recognizes outstanding one-act plays. Four finalists have been selected to have their work showcased at the national festival at the Kennedy Center. One playwright will be awarded a $500 prize.
2012 national finalists:
- The Lost Slipper, by Amanda Newman, University of Missouri
- Down by the Highway Side, by Lupe Flores, Texas State University-San Marcos
- Honest to God, by J.C. Pankratz, DePauw University
- White or The Musk Ox Play, by Jonathan Fitts, New York University
The KCACTF Ten-Minute Play Award
Approximately 120 student-written Ten-Minute Play submissions are received at each of the eight KCACTF Regional Festivals (totaling nearly 1,000 submissions). Each of the eight regions will typically select only 10 playwrights to be showcased at the regional festival and a select few will be chosen as a national finalist. One playwright will receive a cash award of $500.
2012 national finalists:
- Starf*cker, by Adam Pasen, Western Michigan University
- Unnamed Lands, by Nicholas Sawin, University of Missouri-Kansas City
- Somewhere in Between, by Zdenka Turecek, Florida State University
- Jars, by Brittany Taylor, Abilene Christian University
Short Play Reading Schedule
Wednesday, April 18, 4:00 p.m. Kennedy Center Family Theater (By Invitation Only)
Starf*cker by Adam Pasen, Western Michigan University
Featuring Jenna Sokolowski and Joe Brack