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KCACTF National Festival 2014

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts hosts more than 130 outstanding theater students from colleges and universities across the nation as part of the 46th annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), April 15-19, 2014. Fin January and February 2014, thousands of student artists from eight regions presented their work and more than 130 were selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for an expenses-paid trip to participate in National Festival events taking place at the Kennedy Center.

The National Festival includes 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; master classes with leading artists in their disciplines; 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. Since its establishment in 1969, KCACTF has reached all 50 states and millions of theatergoers, students, and teaching artists nationwide.

Events Open to the Public

The John Cauble Short Play Awards Program

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Kennedy Center Theater Lab, Free (no tickets required)

This program recognizes outstanding one-act plays.

  • The Last Sunrise by Kirsten Fentz, Ball State University, directed by Shirley Serotsky
    Featuring Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Andreu Honeycutt and Thomas Keegan
    When violence cuts through their peaceful home, Remo and Caspi find themselves captives facing their fate in the form of one man.
  • Tarrant County by Neal Adelman, Ohio University, directed by Gus Heagerty
    Featuring Felipe Cabezas, Jacobi Howard and Sam Ludwig
    In the Tarrant County jail holding cell, Neil, Earl and Dunbar navigate, race, class, high school football, crimes and fatherhood in the great state of Texas.

The Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Showcase

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Terrace Theater, Free (no tickets required)

Scenes from:

  • Kafka In Tel Aviv by Peter Sampieri, Salem State University
  • She Gets Naked In The End by Briandaniel Oglesby, University of Texas at Austin
  • Windowmen by Steven Barkhimer, Boston University
  • Annie Jump And The Library Of Heaven by Reina Hardy, University of Texas at Austin
  • Gray's Ferry by Natyna S. Osborne, New York University
  • Intentions by Abbey Fenbert, Boston University
  • Henry And The Hippocampus by Brian James Polak, University of Southern California
  • Sumner Falls by Michael Parsons, Boston University
  • Hooded by Tearrance A. Chisholm, Catholic University of America

Ten-Minute Play Readings

Wednesday, April 17, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Terrace Theater, Free (a Millennium Stage event)

Approximately 100 student-written Ten-Minute Play submissions are received at each of the eight KCACTF regional festivals (totaling nearly 800 submissions). A select few from the regional festival are chosen as a national finalist. One playwright will receive a cash award of $500 and a professional development residency.

  • Bread by Michael Yichao, California Institute of the Arts; directed by Lars Tatom
    Featuring Erin Weaver and Michael Yichao
    Olivia and Dan talk about school, boys, and poetry. A surprise, a confession, and a bit of a mess.
  • A’nat Dittni by Tearrance A. Chisholm, Catholic University of America; directed by Thembi Duncan
    Featuring Deidra LeWan Starnes and Randall Shepperd
    Jeanette her father, at his deathbed. He has an important family legend he must pass on to her before he dies, or the tale and its language will be lost forever.
  • Pass the Lingonberries by Nick Carr, New York University; directed by Lars Tatom
    Featuring Helen Hedman, Gordon McConnell and Sam Ludwig
    An unexpected guest interrupts a quiet evening in the Zaremba family home, which just happens to be the showroom of popular Swedish furniture store.
  • Eskimo Pie by Stephanie Brownell, Boston University; directed by Janice Goldberg
    Featuring Jenna Sokolowski, Alissa Wilmoth Keegan and Thomas Keegan
    As Rena languishes in the language of the insider, her family remain locked out of her world.

The John Cauble Short Play Awards Program

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.
Kennedy Center Theater Lab, Free (no tickets required)

This program recognizes outstanding one-act plays.

  • Speedball by Jordan Morille, Texas State University, directed by Janice Goldberg
    Featuring Helen Hedman, Katie DeBuys, Felipe Cabezas and Gordon McConnell
    Cutter and his pregnant girlfriend Rose are having their first Easter Sunday with his Mom and her new boyfriend. Cutter will stop at nothing to get him out of Mom's life.

The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater, $20

The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships provide recognition and financial assistance to outstanding student performers wishing to pursue further education and professional development. Each year, 250 nominees and their partners audition at each of the eight regional festivals. Two performers and their scene partners from each region are invited to attend the national festival to audition for the national scholarships. The national scholarships and performance awards will be announced at the conclusion of the evening on Friday, April 18 in the Terrace Theater. The 2014 scholarship finalists are:

  • Julio Trinidad, assisted by Jessica Orelliana, LaGuardia Community College
  • James Wechsler, assisted by Michelle Faria, Salem State University
  • Caitlin Weaver, assisted by Zach Bopst, Towson University
  • Jenna Rossman, assisted by Casey Garner, Towson University
  • Cole Abell, assisted by Mary Kate Young, Ball State University
  • Angelica Katie Richardson, assisted by Kiayla Jackson, Bradley University
  • Ashley Portis, assisted by Joseph Batiste, Alabama State University
  • Matthew Webb, assisted by James Edwards, Savannah College of Art & Design
  • Callie Syverson, assisted by Jordan Oxborough, Minnesota State University – Mankato
  • Alex Wendel, assisted by Gerrit Wilford, Northwestern College
  • Jake Lozano, assisted by Josh Bonzie, University of Oklahoma
  • Kamron McClure, assisted by Gabrielle Reyes, University of Oklahoma
  • Emily Nash, assisted by Brian Demar Jones, University of Idaho
  • Satya Chavez, assisted by Keilani Fuqua, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Jacob Swain, assisted by Mallory Gee, Brigham Young University
  • Ben Henderson, assisted by Topher Rasmussen, Utah Valley University

The John Cauble Short Play Awards Program

Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.
Kennedy Center Theater Lab, Free (no tickets required)

This program recognizes outstanding one-act plays.

  • War Profits by Brian James Polak, University of Southern California, directed by Deborah Anderson
    Featuring Nancy Robinette, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Harlan Work and Thomas Keegan.
    After witnessing an event they cannot shake, two soldiers go AWOL during the height of the War in Iraq. With help from a soldier still fighting and a local Iraqi mother, they try to leave the country to start a new life elsewhere, but the complications of war push them into a corner, forcing them to make a difficult decision.