Welcome to KCACTF

Region 1 / Festival 50

Western Connecticut State University
January 30th - February 4th, 2018

Arts Leadership & Administration

The field of Arts Leadership and Administration encompasses a broad range of talents and responsibilities. While arts administrators often work in the non-profit sector, for producing theatres and presenting groups, for arts councils, and for museums, careers can also be found in for-profit organizations, in theatre, the music industry, galleries and other arts organizations.

At KCACTF Region 1, we are committed to supporting students with an interest in these areas with events and opportunities that will strengthen their skills and marketability. Highlights include:

  1. Workshops – hear from current professionals working in the areas of arts administration and management.
  2. Students may apply for Arts Leadership and Administration Internship positions (see details below) and benefit from hands on learning opportunities throughout the week.
  3. The ASPIRE KCACTF/LORT Leadership Program

Arts Management Internship

Serving as an Arts Leadership & Administration intern for the KCACTF Region I Festival provides students with exposure to real-world challenges and the opportunity to develop problem solving and management skills.

Please note: Management interns must have paid registration to festival to participate. Selected candidates receive complimentary housing during the festival.

Students can expect:

  1. To acquire hands-on experience in arts management.
  2. To explore and create new professional networking opportunities.
  3. To be given the opportunity to apply conceptual knowledge and skills to the work environment.
  4. To experience the challenges and successes of efficiently and effectively working within a complex organization.
  5. To "learn by doing."

The interns will contribute to the effectiveness of the Festival in multiple areas of Arts Administration under the direction of an experienced Arts Administrator who also serves as a mentor.

KCACTF views internship experience as invaluable and high performing students may acquire a letter of recommendation from the organization as well as a resume credit that states “Arts Management Internship, Kennedy Center-American College Theatre Festival, Region I.”


Students DO NOT need to be majoring in Arts Management or Administration to be considered for one of the Arts Management Internship positions.

To Apply

Interested students should send a letter of interest, resume, the name of their school, and the name and email address of a faculty reference to: Vana Trudeau, Chair of Arts Management and Administration no later than December 15th.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David and Alice Rubenstein.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts’ Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Additional support is provided by The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; the Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; Beatrice and Anthony Welters and the AnBryce Foundation. Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.