Welcome to KCACTF

Region 1 / Festival 50

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


The KCACTF Region I Directing experience includes:

  • Workshops
  • SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Society) Fellowship Program

Submission Criteria

The submitting student must be a bona fide, matriculated undergraduate student, at least half-time enrollment, at an institution that has participated in KCACTF in 2017.


For more information on the Eligibility and the Event, please visit the KCACTF National website at www.kcactf.org/Directing.html.

To Submit

The application must be submitted electronically through email by December 1st by 12pm. The candidate must also complete the SDC Directing Fellowship form here.

The body of the email should contain a cover letter including your name, contact information and school. In order to be considered eligible, the full application materials (including the faculty recommendation letter) must be emailed to the address below no later than 12pm on December 1st by 12 pm. Late entries will not be accepted.

The following application material must be sent by email as PDF’s to sillsk@merrimack.edu.

  1. Faculty Letter of Nomination and Recommendation which speaks to the student’s:
    • Ability as a Director;
    • Organizational abilities;
    • Imagination and artistic vision;
    • Communication skills;
    • Ability to collaborate with others.
  2. Resume that focuses on your experience and training as a director.
  3. Statement of Interest by the student, addressing the reasons for his / her interest in the SDC Fellowship Program and what he / she hopes to achieve and learn through involvement in the process;  this must also include a statement of your intent to attend the entire Festival and participate fully in all aspects of the SDC / KCACTF program.

Award Selection Criteria

If the above application is approved by the Regional Directing committee the student candidate will be invited to participate in the 2018 festival.

Students participating in The SDC Fellowship Program should be prepared to be busy during the Festival.  In addition to the Program Rounds, directing students will be provided rehearsal time, and will participate in directing workshops and roundtable discussions. Directors need to be present for all aspects of the program, for the full week, from early Tuesday evening through late Saturday evening. Latecomers to the program will not be accommodated.

Up to twelve students can be invited to participate in the SDC Fellowship Program at the Region 1 Festival. Those students will prepare a scene at their home school, using bona fide students from their school. These scenes will then be presented at the regional festival. Scenes are to be selected from a list that has been posted on the national website www.kcactf.org/Directing.html.

Note: Student directors or their school are responsible for purchasing and/or providing their own script copies for the above listed scenes.

Logistics and Technical Information: The only furniture items permitted and provided will be one table, and two chairs.  Any hand props or costumes required for the scene must be provided by the director. The regional host and coordinators will not be able to provide props or costumes for the scenes. Costumes may be used (but are not required). Please note that there is no technical support in the way of lighting and sound. The festival will provide a stage manager from the regional event. Directors should come prepared with a script for the regional stage manager. There will be a five minute break between scenes for set-up, with a ten minute break after every fourth scene.

Director’s Book: Student directors will create a book for review by the DIR respondents. It must be submitted electronically as a PDF to Kathleen Sills by January 22th. Late production books will result in disqualification. It must include:

  • Director’s Statement (see KCACTF National website for guidelines)
  • Analysis (see below)

Questions for Analysis


  1. List title of play, name of author, and date of writing, first production, or both.


  1. Briefly describe any significant previous action that occurs before the scene begins.
  2. Describe the major event(s) of the scene.
  3. Describe the scene’s basic conflict in a concrete sense (example:  Edna wants Joe to join the striking cab drivers but Joe is afraid).
  4. Describe how this scene’s basic conflict integrates with the basic conflict of the play in an abstract sense (example:  Edna and Joe’s conflict reflects the basic conflict of Waiting for Lefty which is an exploration of the struggle of the working class against capitalist greed… etc., etc.).


  1. List the characters, and provide an overall character objective and an objective for the scene.
  2. Identify the obstacles between each the characters and each of their objectives in the scene.
  3. How do the characters change over the course of the scene?

Vision / Concept:

  1. What is the importance of the scene to the play as a whole?  How does this scene reveal, highlight, detail, or expand upon one or more of the ideas that the playwright hopes to communicate to her / his audience?  (Please understand that the last part of this question asks you to identify at least one of the playwright’s ideas or purposes in writing the play.)

Spectacle / Design:

  1. List a series of imagistic words that capture your aesthetic sense of the scene’s look and “feel” of the play.  These words could include colors, textures, ornamentation, relevant metaphoric images, light and shadow, composition, degree of detail, etc.


Deadline for Director’s Book: emailed as a PDF to Kathleen Sills by January 22th.

Contact Name and Email:

For more information please contact:
Directing Chair: Kathleen Sills: sillsk@merrimack.edu
Directing Vice Chair: Tommy Costello: tcostello@sunydutchess.edu.

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.