What is KCACTF?
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, or KCACTF, was founded in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman. According to the KCACTF's national website, the festival
...is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.
The goals of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival are:
- To encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs;
- To provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight; and achieve professionalism
- To improve the quality of college and university theater in America;
- To encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions of new plays, especially those written by students; the classics, revitalized or newly conceived; and experimental works.
SUNY Oswego Theatre is a member of KCACTF Region 2, a far-reaching region that encompasses schools in New York, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Virginia, and West Virginia. See the region's website for more information.