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The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF)


Our participation in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is indicative of our commitment to providing you with a gamut of theatre experiences--through coursework, our rigorous production program, and by exposure to theatre beyond the Lycoming College campus.

All of our Welch Theatre shows are entered in the Festival each year as Associate productions, which means that a KCACTF Respondent comes to see each production and offers verbal feedback to the company following a performance. Two student actors are selected from each production to compete in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition, and student stage managers and designers also have opportunities to compete for scholarships in their fields.

Every year, each of the country's eight regions hosts a Regional Festival:

  • Five days
  • Workshops, staged readings, design displays, Tech Olympics
  • Fully mounted performances of one-act and full-length plays
  • Actors audition for the Irene Ryan Scholarship
  • Stage managers present promptbooks
  • Designers display work
  • Students receive valuable feedback by theatre professionals from around the country
  • Region II Festival has been held in Pittsburgh & Philadelphia, PA, MD and NY

Theatre Department faculty have also actively participated in the Region II Festival as judges and respondents for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition, as well as workshop leaders.

We are very proud of our students' achievements at KCACTF. At the Region II Festival in January 2010, senior Amy Richards received the Region II Award of Excellence in Lighting Design in recognition of her lighting design for A Midsummer Night's Dream, produced in the Mary L. Welch Theatre during spring 2009.

In January 2007, a team of Theatre Department students won the Tech Olympics, a hard-fought competition testing a variety of technical skills, from identifying tools to hanging and focusing a lighting instrument. We then had the honor of organizing and hosting the Tech Olympics at the 2008 Region II Festival.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of excellence in college and university theatre. Lycoming College participates as a member of Region II, which includes the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Maryland, southwestern New York., northern Virginia, and Washington, DC.