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Faculty Development Opportunities

During Festival Thirty-Four, the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival inaugurates a program of professional development for faculty members from participating colleges and universities. The mission of this new program is to identify, acknowledge and encourage outstanding teachers in university and college theater programs. Opportunities will change from year to year, with programs in development for faculty designers, directors, actors and playwrights. Faculty candidates are competitively selected and those interested should consult their regional chair.

The Actors Center

The Actors Center

The Actors Center Teacher Development Program aims to make current master teachers available for those purposes to all other teachers of acting. For eleven days in June, the Actors Center offers a two-week workshop with two internationally acclaimed Master Teachers- in recent years Robert Cohen, Vjatcheslav (Slava) Dolgatchev, Earle Gister - and master classes by distinguished theatre artists such as Christopher Bayes, Catherine Fitzmaurice, Peter Francis James, Joanna Merlin, Lloyd Richards, Carolyn Serota and others. All sessions are held in the Actors Center's studios on 27th Street in New York.

While the Actors Center Teacher Development program is offered as a seminar for the benefit of established acting teachers and established actors who are starting to teach, it will be conducted essentially as an acting class. Everyone will "work on their feet" every day in class. Questions will be answered in "the doing" and/or afternoon discussion sessions.

The Actors Center is a not for profit institution established by the Alliance for the Development of Theatre Artists, Inc. It combines leading teachers from well established training institutions such as Juilliard, NYU and Yale with established artists such as Maria Aitken (RSC), Brian Murray (Broadway), and Michael Langham (former head of the Guthrie Theatre, Stratford Ontario and Juilliard) to form the most versatile as well as the most distinguished faculty of its kind in the country.

The purpose of The Actors Center is to provide a resource center for established actors who wish to pursue artistic growth, a place where they can explore specific aspects of their craft in an atmosphere of peer level support and interaction. The Actors Center was conceived by J. Michael Miller, one of the founding officers of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and founding President of the League of Professional Theatre Training Programs. He is joined in this endeavor by his fellow Board members Earle Gister, Sharon Jensen, Ming Cho Lee, Lloyd Richards and Ron Van Lieu, all leaders of the national theatre training movement.

The fellowship honoree will receive a travel and lodging grant, as well as a full tuition waiver to attend this extraordinary professional development opportunity.

Each region of KCACTF will solicit applications for this fellowship based on criteria and deadlines of their own devising. Based on these criteria, each region will nominate one outstanding teacher of acting. A panel of theatre professionals and members of the KCACTF National Committee will consider the nominees, and forward a group of finalists to J. Michael Miller, for the final award decision.

For regional criteria, please contact your regional chair.

The Actors Center

The Actors Center Teacher Development Workshop Fellows 2007

Dennis McLernon
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Actors Center Teacher Development Workshop Fellows 2001

De Sanctis, Eastern Mennonite University
- View her thoughts on the workshop

Jamiel, Wagner College
- View his thoughts on the workshop