See below for further information.


The LMDA / KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award is designed to recognize contributions by student dramaturges to the conception, development, and production of dramaturgy within their colleges and universities, or to educational projects in dramaturgy. The philosophical foundation of this award—like that of dramaturgy itself—rests in the belief that art benefits from examination on the parts of both artist and spectator, and that creative inspiration accompanied by careful analysis and reflection is most likely to lead to productions and projects that fulfill the spiritual, social and personal potential of the live theatrical event.

Also inherent in the guidelines is the belief that the dramaturg should participate fully and uniquely in the collaborative act of making theater, in promoting social discourse around the theatrical event, and in building bridges between the text, the creative process and its intended audience. To validate the significance of the dramaturg’s contributions—and to raise awareness of dramaturgy in the academic field—the Kennedy Center requires a letter of nomination from a faculty member.


Creating live theatre during the time of a world-wide pandemic has been a profound challenge for theatre makers around the world.  Recognizing that many universities in our region halted their live productions entirely as a result of COVID-19, KCACTF is offering dramaturges an additional avenue towards participation.  We are giving dramaturges the option to participate in KCACTF by selecting a play from the list of plays below and building a full “theoretical” dramaturgy experience around one of these plays.  Theoretical dramaturgy submissions will be considered alongside fully realized submissions and will also be eligible for the new “outstanding theoretical/non-realized dramaturgy” recognition as well as the full LMDA Student Dramaturgy Award.

List of plays for theoretical dramaturgy:

  • Winter’s Tale – William Shakespeare
  • Everybody – Branden Jacobs Jenkins
  • Sweat –  Lynn Nottage
  • Indecent –  Paula Vogel
  • Angels In America: Millennium Approaches – Tony Kushner


The Student Dramaturgy Award is the result of a unique collaboration between Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), the professional association of dramaturgs and literary managers working in North America, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), a national program dedicated to improving the quality of college and university theater in the United States. Additional support is provided by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Professional dramaturgs, members of LMDA who live in each region, will select the recipient of that region’s LMDA/KCACTF Student Award in Dramaturgy.

In recognition of the quality and wide variety of student dramaturgical approaches across the region, the KCACTF and the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of America (LMDA) have united to present the KCACTF/LMDA Regional Student Dramaturgy Award. Student dramaturgs present a sample of their work for evaluation by a professional guest dramaturg, who will select one outstanding individual for recognition, which includes a cash prize, a one-year membership to the LMDA, and an invitation to submit materials for the Kennedy Center’s national festival, where, if selected, they will have the opportunity for additional professional enrichment. The recipients of the National LMDA/KCACTF Fellowships receive residencies with the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, or the Kennedy Center/National New Play Network’s MFA Playwrights’ Workshop in the summer.

In addition to the overall Student Dramaturgy Award, special recognition will be offered in the following specific areas to dramaturges who have submitted materials for the Student Dramaturgy Award.

  • Outstanding collaborative dramaturgy team
  • Outstanding rehearsal package
  • Outstanding program note
  • Outstanding digital dramaturgy website
  • Outstanding Lobby Display
  • Outstanding theoretical/non-realized dramaturgy
  • Outstanding dramaturgy for a virtual or online production

Each dramaturg or dramaturgy team must submit the full application for the Student Dramaturgy Award in order to be eligible for the special recognitions above.

LMDA/KCACTF Application


Matthew Reeder

Matthew Reeder

Dramaturgy Coordinator

Ball State University
Assistant Professor of Directing and Shakespeare
Department of Theatre and Dance
Muncie, IN 47306
765.285.8809 office

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