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 MORE 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.

Ends on November 1, 2019

A Ten Minute Play is 10 pages or fewer in length with 12 point font.

All ten minute plays are considered for the Gary Garrison Ten Minute Play Award and invitation to your regional festival.  Plays are selected through a blind reading exchange process with another region of the country.  Each region will decide how many plays will be invited to present a concert reading at their festival.  Two of the six plays invited to festival will be put forward for consideration at the national level and may be selected for the festival in Washington DC.  

Make sure you select the correct Region for which you wish to be considered when you submit.

Fill out the submission form completely.  You may need to be contacted over the winter break if your play is chosen.

There are multiple awards both regional and national that your play can be considered for.  If your play meets the requirements described to the right of the award name, check the box next to the award and your play will be considered.

Ends on November 1, 2019

A One Act play is more than 10 pages in length with a running time less than one hour.

All One Act plays are considered for the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play and may be invited to your regional festival.  Plays are selected through a blind reading exchange process with another region of the country.  Each region selects a number of plays to present in a concert reading at their festival. 

Some regions invite you to bring a staged reading from your school.   Some cast the readings at festival or arrange for a presentation by another school.  If your play is selected the National Playwriting Program regional representative will explain their festival procedures. Two of the plays invited to a regional festival can be put forward for consideration at the national level and may be selected for the festival in Washington DC.

Make sure you select the correct Region for which you wish to be considered when you submit.

Please fill out the form below completely.  You may need to be contacted  over the winter break if your play is chosen.

There are multiple regional and national awards that your play can be considered for.  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.

Ends on December 1, 2019

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.

Submit here to be considered for Next Step Auditions in rEGION 3 ONLY.

Student Dramaturgy Award    The LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award is designed to recognize contributions by student dramaturgs to the conception, development and production of theatre with dramaturgical work that participates fully and uniquely in the collaborative act of making theatre and in promoting social discourse around the theatrical event. The National Award - LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award Eligibility:You are eligible for the National Award if you served as the dramaturg for a production or workshop during Festival 51 (January through December 2018) and your school participates in KCACTF (the production does not have to be a participating or associate entry). 

  • To enter, you must be either an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at least part-time (6 semester hours) at the time of the creation/completion of the project that is being submitted for the award.
  • A faculty mentor (preferably the director of the production you dramaturged) at your school must be able to vouch for your work on the project and must provide a letter of nomination on your behalf (please include this letter in your Digital Protocol).

The Regional Award - Region 5 ATHE Student Dramaturgy Award Eligibility:You are eligible for the Regional Award if you served as the dramaturg for a realized or unrealized production or created a class project and your school participates in KCACTF  (i.e. your school has entered at least one show as a participating or associate entry in Festival 51, January – December 2018).The Regional Award winner will receive regional recognition during the Awards Ceremony, January 2019.

  • To enter, you must be either an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at least part-time (6 semester hours) at the time of the creation/completion of the project that is being submitted for the award.
  • A faculty mentor (preferably the professor for the class, if it is a class project) at your school must be able to vouch for your work on the project and must provide a letter of nomination on your behalf.

The Digital Protocol Includes:

  • A title page, identifying the dramaturg, the project, and the school. Include your address, phone number, email address, and date of the project. 
  • Two statements written by the dramaturg, one describing the breadth and scope of teh project and its challenges, the other detailing the process from start to finish.
  • A letter of nomination from a faculty member.
  • As much documentation of process as possible. Unrealized projects should reflect thoroughness in forethought and planning rather than documentation of the production process (since these projects are usually unrealized). Realized projects should reflect thoroughness in forethought and planning as well as documentation of the production process. 
  • All materials that seem relevant, but do not exceed 100 pages. This may include information from websites created; questions asked during the process; and information gathered for individual packets. We are not interested in you scanning everything that you researched, but in you analysis and compilation of materials researched. 
  • All materials must be in .pdf.doc, and .docx format only. 

THIS CATEGORY IS FOR REGION 8 ONLY!  DO NOT SUBMIT IF YOU ARE NOT IN REGION 8.

Submissions here are for InterAct Acting Interviews, Design Interviews and Institutions Interested in Holding Interviews.

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