ASTEP has been working with the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival 2012 (KCACTF), a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide, to enhance the quality of college theater in the United States.
From January-February 2012, ASTEP’s four representatives–Nick Dalton, Abby Gerdts, Alejandro Rodriguez, and Mauricio Salgado–have been presenting and running master classes at each of the eight KCACTF regional schools and at the National Festival in April 2012:
- Fitchburg State University – Region I (January 24 – 27, 2012) ** highlights
- Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Region II (January 10-14, 2012) ** highlights
- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – Region III ( January 3-7, 2012) ** highlights
- Daytona State College – Region IV (January 31 — February 4, 2012) ** highlights
- Iowa State University – Region V (January 15-21,2012) ** highlights
- University of Oklahoma School of Drama – Region VI (February 21-25, 2012) ** highlights
- Colorado State University – Region VII (February 13-17, 2012) ** highlights
- Weber State University – Region VIII (February 7-11, 2012) ** highlights
- The Kennedy Center – National (April 16-20, 2012)
To get updates and video of their experiences, check out the links below.
Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.
The goals of the KCACTF are to:
- Encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs.
- Provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight; achieve professionalism.
- Improve the quality of college and university theater in America.
- 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.
Abby Gerdts, ASTEP’s Director of International Programs, sharing updates from the KCACTF Region 3 at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaignand KCACTF Region 7 at Colorado State University
Mauricio Salgado, ASTEP’s Director of Domestic Programs, sharing updates from the KCACTF Region 2 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and KCACTF Region 1 at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts
Nick Dalton, ASTEP Volunteer, sharing updates from the KCACTF Region 5 at Iowa State University and KCACTF Region 4 at Daytona State University in Florida
Alejandro Rodriguez, an ASTEP Volunteer Artist, sharing updates from the KCACTF Region 8 at Weber State University in Utah and KCACTF Region 6 at University of Oklahoma School of Drama.