KCACTF Region III Festival XLIX

January 10-14, 2017

The University of Indianapolis and Butler University

KCACTF III Festival Registration Form for 2017


Updated January 10, 2017- check back for updates!



These are PDF's of the Daily Schedule! Please note: These are subject to change! Times, Rooms, or cancellations due to weather, travel or any other unseen issue. BE FLEXIBLE! ;) Have Fun! Ric Roberts, Region III Chair!


This year we are using SCHED.ORG!

This is a SNEAK PEEK at the Entire Festival Schedule for next week! Here is what you need to keep in mind: TIMES, ROOMS and SCHEDULE are subject to change until the morning of January 10, 2017!

The Region III Festival team is confident there will be few changes, but we wanted to give you an idea of what we exciting plans we have for you next week!

We will continue tweaking the app as we move closer to the event.

Once you log in, create your own ATTENDEE PROFILE with a PIC and most importantly an EMAIL ADDRESS!

Your email address will let the app update you on any changes that are made prior to or during the festival! It will also be the way we make ANY/and ALL announcements during the festival, such as finalist, or winter weather issues!

Please follow the directions below!

Copy or click this URL to your web browser or click the link at the bottom of this post!:


Enter this password:

The password is: KCACTF3

This app works on ALL devises! Mobile Web Apps are built for iOS/Android web browsers and pre-load our event data for a snappy experience.

Create your own schedule, it’s a really cool feature! ALSO, NEW THIS YEAR, you can print the entire schedule is you would like, or make PDF’s!

Enjoy this sneak peek and we will see you next week for KCACTF REGION III FESTIVAL 49!

Ric Roberts

Region III Chair!

PS – PLEASE keep in mind: TIMES, ROOMS and SCHEDULE are subject to change until the morning of January 10, 2017!



Panel Discussion: "Press against the thing that divides us: Promoting Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in deeply divided country"

"Your job as a citizen, as an artist, as a filmmaker, as playmaker, as an activist, as an actor, is to unite. Press against the thing that divides us." The words are Jeanine Tesori's and the call is clear: Theatre artists have never had a more important role in promoting diversity, inclusion and equity. But how do we move forward now? This is the urgent central question addressed by our distinquish guest artists in this year's panel discussion.

Moderated by Janet Allen, Executive Artistic Director of Indiana Repertory Theatre, our panelists include: Bryan Fonseca, Christine Bruno, Mumbi Tindeybwa, and Sonja Parks.

"Press against the thing that divides us" was the title of Jeanine Tesori's keynote address to the fourth annual “Stage The Change: Theatre as a Social Voice” event, co-sponsored by the Tilles Center at Long Island University and the Happauge Public Schools on November 4, 2016.

January 11 Wednesday

The Cabaret Theatre at Indiana Repertory Theatre
Downtown Indianapolis!

Walking distance from Festival Hotels!

CONGRATULATIONS to Martin McClendon from Carthage College! He is the 2016 Recipient of the Region III ATHE Award!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Founded in 1986, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) is a non-profit professional organization representing college and university theatre departments and administrators, faculty, graduate students, and theatre practitioners. ATHE's mission is to support and advance the study and practice of theatre and performance in higher education. Toward that mission, we are pleased to grant the annual ATHE Prize for Teaching Innovation to an individual in each KCACTF region who has demonstrated their ability to discover new pathways for student success in the field of theatre. It is our pleasure to recognize Martin McClendon, from Carthage College, as the 2016 Region III winner of the ATHE Prize for Innovative Teaching.

He will be recognized at the Faculty Dinner at the upcoming Region III Festival, January 10 - 14, 2017. The festival takes place in Indianapolis, IN.


We are pleased to announce that the special guest speaker for our opening ceremonies is pulitzer prize wining playwright....


GuirgisStephen Adly Guirgis is a member and former co-artistic director of LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been produced on five continents and throughout the United States. His most recent play, Between Riverside and Crazy (dir: Austin Pendleton) premiered at Atlantic Theater Company, moved to Second Stage Theatre, and garnered numerous awards including the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Other plays include: The Motherf***er with the Hat (6 Tony nominations, including Best Play, dir: Anna D Shapiro), Den of Thieves (directed by Max Daniels), Dominica The Fat Ugly Ho (dir: Adam Rapp), as well as Our Lady of 121st Street, Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train In Arabia, We’d All Be Kings, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Public Theater) and The Little Flower of East Orange (Public Theater) -- all five directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman and world premiered at Labyrinth Theater Company.

In London, his plays have premiered at The Donmar Warehouse, The Almeida (dir: Rupert Goold), The Hampstead (Robert Delamere), and at The Arts Theater in the West End (Dir: Philip Seymour Hoffman). As an actor, he has appeared in theater, film and television, including roles in Alejandro Inarritu's Oscar winning "Birdman, Kenneth Lonergan’s "Margaret," Todd Solondz’s "Palindromes," and Brett C. Leonard’s "Jailbait" opposite Michael Pitt. He co-created and executive produced Netflix's "The Get Down" with Baz Luhrmann. Other awards include: the Yale Wyndham-Campbell Prize, The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Award, PEN/Laura Pels Award, Whiting Award, TCG fellowship, Fringe First Award, NY Drama Critics Circle, L.A. Drama Critics Prize, and a Lucy Lortel Award. A former violence prevention specialist and H.I.V. educator, he lives in New York City.

2017 Festival Participating Productions!

The Regional Selection Committee met this weekend in Indianapolis IN. to discuss the 2016 participating productions! The productions were very strong across the board and diverse. It was a difficult decision for the 15 members of the SelCom team, but after hours of deliberation, we feel we have come up with a terrific slate of shows for the upcoming festival!

Congrats to ALL the 2016 participating productions! Your work continues to exceed expectations! Thank you.

The final slate of Participating Productions for the 2017 Region III Festival in Indianapolis, IN. is:

(No particular order)

Play Nice!
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Mr. Burns: A Post Electric Play
University of Southern Indiana

Breath of Stars (New Play)
Carthage College

Rabbit Hole
Taylor University

26 Pebbles (New Play)
University of Wisconsin - LaCross

Congratulations to you all!

Thank you too, to all Participating Production Responders and the Selection Committee!

Region III Faculty Service Award Winners

Please join me in Congratulating the KCACTF Region III Faculty Service Award Winners for 2016! One outstanding faculty member was chosen from each of the states in our region!

They will receive a plaque for their service at the Faculty Dinner on Friday Jan. 13th, 2017 in Indianapolis! Congrats to all!

2016 KCACTF Region III
State Faculty Awards

WI – Robert Amsden from Ripon College

MI - Stephen English from Ferris State University

IN – Ann Kessler from Valparaiso University

IL – John O’Hagan from Principia College

OH – Gina Neuerer from Sinclair University

Gold Medallion Winner

2017 KCACTF Region III Gold Medallion Recipient!

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Please help me in congratulating the Region III Gold Medallion recipient for Festival 48! We will celebrate her tremendous career and support of KCACTF over the years in January 2017!

Kathleen received her MFA in Theatre Design from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. She moved back to New York and for the next decade and designed costumes, lights and sets for Theatre Companies and Universities in the New York City area. Some of her most memorable credits from these years include: Oedipus Rex at the Richard Allen Center in Harlem, Mr. Pickwick’s Christmas at Riverside Shakespeare Company, and Jungle of Cities for Skyboat Road Co. In addition to these, she constructed costumes for the Opera Northeast in NYC, and CW Post Summer Opera Company.

Since the Fall of 1995, she has been the resident Costume Designer at UW Oshkosh and teaches courses in Theatre Design, Costume Construction, Makeup and Stage Management. She is an active member of USITT, where she currently holds the position of Vice Commissioner of Exhibits, Expo and Experience for the Costume Commission.

She has also served on the Board of Directors of the USITT Midwest Regional Section and was honored with the Founders Award in 2003. She has also been an active participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Region III and most recently served as Chair of Design, Technology & Management.

August 20, 2016

Hello KCACTF Region III!

I know that you are all hard at work writing syllabi and preparing for your fantastic fall productions!

The Region III leadership team, in conjunction with our Festival 49 hosts, The University of Indianapolis/Butler University, have been working diligently on the upcoming festival! The one thing missing right now is YOU!

Here are a few KCACTF Reminders:

KCACTF Region III Festival Dates:

KCACTF III Festival XLIX will be held downtown Indianapolis, IN

January 10 - 14, 2017

Full Festival Registration/Information will be coming sometime early in the fall term.

ENTER YOUR FALL PRODUCTIONS: In order to take advantage of the Early Bird Special, please enter your fall (and spring productions if you want) prior to October 1. Go here to enter your productions.

Please remember that all productions should be entered at least 3 weeks prior to opening night to ensure assignment of respondents. Our Regional State chairs work extremely hard to provide respondents to every show, but anything less then 3 weeks makes it difficult with all of our collective busy schedules!

Thank you very much for your continued involvement of KCACTF Region III! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Ric Roberts
Chair, Region III KCACTF

May 25, 2016

Greetings Region III!

After months of work by our Region III Executive Board we are finally able to announce the home for Festival 2017 & 2018!

Ladies and Gentleman welcome to INDIANAPOLIS, IN!

We are so lucky to have not only have a fantastic host school, The University of Indianapolis, but also have a second school working as festival co-host, Butler University! We are very grateful to have these two great universities supporting our continued Region III success!

Indianapolis presents some fantastic opportunities, but also some logistical challenges! Much like Saginaw a few years back, we have secured rooms in FIVE hotels around the downtown area. (To be announced soon!)

Festival shuttles will transport attendees from Downtown Indy to the beautiful campuses of University of Indianapolis and Butler University.

Be prepared to spend a little more on hotel rooms! Michelle Bombe, our Regional Financial Officer, has done an absolutely amazing job working with hotels, to not only secure the number of rooms we need, but also securing the best possible price. There is a range of prices with a range of options included i.e. – parking, breakfast etc.…

Please look carefully at your room needs from last year and try to plan to the best of your ability. Please do not block off large blocks of rooms unless you are fairly confident you can fill them. Rooming lists will be ‪due on Dec. 7‬, 2016 and we are requesting that you cc us when you send in the rooming lists - we can then assist with schools that need additional rooms and will have a few days to make adjustments. ‬There is another large convention in town during our week which also makes it imperative to book early. We will release the hotel info by August 15th. We still need a bit more time to finalize the contracts etc.‬

We will be contacting schools that had large room blocks of reservations (10+ rooms) soon. Please feel free to contact us if you reserved 10 or more rooms last year and have not heard from us by the end of June.

Indianapolis has a large and very active Amtrak station in the heart of the downtown district! This may be a cheaper option for your university travel! Many schools have found it more economical to have a bus drop off their group and pick them up again on Sunday.

Our goal is to have the festival website up by the first week of school in late August, early September! Once we go live we encourage you to make your hotel reservations early.

Many thanks to Michelle Bombe, Rick Walters and the host school faculties for helping with the preliminary logistics of the festival.

We will be updating you throughout the upcoming months as the details of the festival take shape!

Thank you all for your continued support of Region III!

Ric Roberts
Region III Chair

April 17, 2016

Hello Region 3 -

I just returned from the national festival in Washington DC and am FULLY re-charged and have some updates and news!

At the National Festival this past weekend, the KCACTF National Committee adopted the following statement in response to the recent legislation in Mississippi and North Carolina:

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is an organization that is devoted to the very human principle of equal access to opportunity, regardless of identity or ideology. Recently, two states, Mississippi and North Carolina, have enacted laws that we believe could lead to discrimination against LGBTQI Americans. These laws are in direct conflict with our core principles of fairness and equal opportunity for all. We, as the leadership of this organization, strongly object.

In keeping with our diversity statement (see below), we voice our opposition to laws that we believe discourage community, and encourage exclusion. We stand in support of our students and our colleagues in these states. Because we believe that theatre promotes an open exchange of ideas, we will continue responding to productions and collaborating with our fellow institutions, despite this troubling legislation.

(found in the KCACTF HANDBOOK)

Diversity in thoughts and ideas are the backbone of artistic creation. Often it is the clash or juxtaposition or reexamination of the "tried and true" that makes for exciting and new artistic creation. A diversity of thought and perspective makes our organization stronger and more relevant. And the sharing of these diverse perspectives is central to our educational mission. Therefore, diversity should be essential and integral to our approach. Educational excellence that truly incorporates diversity thus can promote mutual respect and make possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all to foster innovation and train future artistic leadership in American theater.

Therefore, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival affirms its commitment to being welcoming and respectful in all aspects of its programming, and regional and national leadership. We vow to nurture talent in all areas of theater based on merit and achievement, regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, weight, physical or mental disability, marital status, or age. Respondents are encouraged to avoid discriminatory comments that deride artistic choices based on any of the aforementioned areas. Instead, choices that "break tradition" should be discussed in a respectful and collegial way that challenges long-held practices and beliefs and encourages further exploration, leading to more dramatic and long lasting discoveries.

"If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity." -President John F. Kennedy

Some exciting WHISPERS from the Executive Committee meeting:

Plans are afoot to invite full productions to the 2018 National Festival as a part of the 50th anniversary celebration of KCACTF. There is also serious talk about initiating the return of productions and invited scenes to the 2017 National Festival under some kind of new cost-sharing model between the Kennedy Center, the KCACTF National Committee, the individual Regions and participating institutions. This new initiative would allow students from invited scenes and productions to participate in master classes and workshops with world class teaching artists in their disciplines. This year's master teaching artists included Tectonic Theatre Project Artistic Director Moises Kaufman , Broadway director and choreograher Jeff Whiting, Chicago Sun-Times Theatre Critic Chris Jones, Trinity Rep Artistic Director Curt Columbus, Broadway Performer and Choreographer Debra McWaters, Executive Director of SDC Laura Penn, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Robert Schenkkan, Executive Director of the Kennedy Center Deborah Rutter and many more.

I can assure you Region 3 was represented beautifuly at the national festival, on stage, back stage, and in the many MANY meetings that were held over the last week! As soon as I have a COMPLETE list of Award Recipients from the National Festival I will post them!

Lastly - we have been working TIRELESSLY on the home for our Region 3 festival next January - things are REALLY starting to come together and we should be able to announce soon! Keep your eye here for updates on all things Region 3 and all Things KCACTF! Good luck on your finals and enjoy your spring/summer break!

Ric Roberts
Region 3 Chair
Dept. of Theatre Chair, Saginaw Valley State University


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This year we are using SCHED.ORG!