WELCOME TO THE NATIONAL KCACTF SUBMITTABLE PAGE 

UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AS WELL AS FACULTY MEMBERS AND GUEST ARTISTS FROM PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS MAY SUBMIT THEIR WORK FOR AWARDS AND OTHER CONSIDERATION HERE.

ALL NATIONAL PLAYWRITING PROGRAM SUBMISSIONS, TEN MINUTE, ONE ACT AND FULL LENGTH PLAYS ARE ACCEPTED HERE.  REGIONAL SUBMISSIONS OTHER THAN PLAYWRITING ARE ALSO ACCEPTED.  PLEASE CHOOSE YOUR SUBMISSION CATEGORY BELOW.  

IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF YOUR CATEGORY PLEASE CLICK THE GUIDELINES OPTION NEXT TO THE CATEGORY FOR DETAILS.


The National Playwriting Program’s Mission Statement The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Playwriting Program is dedicated to supporting student playwrights in the development of their original work for the stage, with dramaturgical and performance opportunities that emphasize respect of the written word and for the playwright’s contribution to the theatrical process.The Playwright’s Bill of Rights: We cannot cut or change lines, alter the structure of the play, or essential stage directions without permission. Playwrights, agents and theatrical publishing companies are approachable and willing to work with us to obtain that permission. We should start that negotiation well before rehearsals begin.

A full length play is any play longer than one hour in playing time.

Please choose the region of the country where your school is located when submitting and fill out the form completely.  Some regions of the country invite full length plays for presentation at their regional festival and may have to contact you over the winter break if your play is chosen.

Awards for full length plays are selected through a blind reading process at the regional and or national level.  If your play meets the requirements described to the right of the award listed check the box next to the award name and your play will be considered.


The Ken Ludwig Scholarship is supported by a generous donation from award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, the author of comic hits including Crazy for You and Lend Me a Tenor.  This scholarship is based on a student playwright's body of work.  Writers submit a resume of their work, a nominating letter from a faculty sponsor, three scripts (one of which must be at least 60 minutes in length) and a cover sheet for each play.

Materials must be entered here but also emailed directly to the artistic director of the Kennedy Center (ghenry@kennedy-center.org) in PDF format.

Writers must be a current undergraduate or within two years after graduation with an undergraduate degree.  Writers must be planning to attend a college or university theatre or writing program in the festival's academic year.

The individual must represent a school that has a KCACTF associate or participating entry in the current Festival Year.

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