Welcome to KCACTF

Region 1 / Festival 50

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

Welcome Dramaturgs!

Welcome to Dramaturgy in Region 1. If you are new to Dramaturgy at KCACTF there are a number of ways to get involved at festival, including submitting your work for consideration for the national or regional awards, participating in professional development workshops, and working on new play development.

If you have worked as a dramaturg in class or on a production at your college in 2016 join us for the opportunity to showcase your dramaturgy, meet dramaturgy professionals, and have your work responded to and considered for the LMDA/KCACTF National Award and the ATHE/KCACTF Program Note Regional Award.

Collaborate with student directors, designers, and playwrights in process workshops and activities designed to strengthen skills and knowledge of the work of production and educational dramaturgs.

Experience page to stage. Sign up as a Guerilla Dramaturg for the festival and work on new play development. Dramaturgs will collaborate with playwright, director and actors on a public reading of a new play. You will be a script reader and part of the production team. Use the on-line LMDA/KCACTF application form CLICK HERE.
Follow the links to learn about the student dramaturgy initiatives, criteria, guidelines and application process.

Note the deadline for applications is December 15.
I look forward to seeing what the Region 1 Dramaturgs have been working on. Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and I hope to see you at festival!
Theresa Lang
Chair of Dramaturgy KCACTF Region 1
Boston College

LMDA / KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award

The LMDA/KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Award is designed to recognize contributions by student dramaturgs to the conception, development and production of theater within their colleges and universities, or to educational projects in dramaturgy. The philosophical foundation of this award – like that of dramaturgy itself – rests in the belief that art benefits from examination on the parts of both artist and audience, and that creative inspiration accompanied by analysis and reflection is most likely to lead to productions and projects that fulfill the spiritual, social and personal potential of the theatrical event.

Also inherent in the guidelines is the belief that the dramaturg should participate fully and uniquely in the collaborative act of making theater and in promoting social discourse around the theatrical event. To validate the significance of the dramaturg's contributions – and to raise awareness of dramaturgy in the academic field – the Kennedy Center requires a letter of nomination from a faculty member.

This award is the result of a unique collaboration between Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), the professional association of dramaturgs and literary managers working in North America, and the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), a national program dedicated to improving the quality of college and university theater in the United States. Additional support is provided by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Professional dramaturgs, members of LMDA who live in each region, will select the winner of that region's LMDA/KCACTF Student Award in Dramaturgy.

What the National Award Entails

Regional fellowship recipients will receive membership in LMDA and the chance at an all-expense paid residency at the National Festival at the Kennedy Center in mid-April for multi-day workshops with leading artists in both production and new play dramaturgy.

The recipients of the National LMDA/KCACTF Fellowships receive residencies with the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis and/or the Kennedy Center/National New Play Network's MFA Playwrights' Workshop in the summer.

Who is Eligible

Undergraduate and graduate students who work specifically as the dramaturg on a production or workshop, or who submit work created for a dramaturgy class. If the project is a workshop or production, the student must be credited as the dramaturg.

A student who also writes, directs, designs, performs in, or otherwise collaborates on a project will be responsible for articulating the boundaries of the dramaturgical work and speaking on its behalf. The student need not be enrolled full-time to submit work for this award, but we do encourage dramaturgs to attend the regional festival to represent their works.

You must deliver your Dramaturgical Protocol to Festival, appropriately display the project, be prepared to give a 5-minute presentation on your work and receive response feedback in order to be considered for advancement to the national festival in Washington DC.

How to Enter the LMDA / KCACTF Student Dramaturgy Initiative

On-line Application

Deadline for Application & Materials: December 15

  1. Fill out the online application form, identifying the dramaturg, project, and faculty nominator.
  2. Include two statements written by the dramaturg, one describing the breadth and scope of the project and its challenges, the other detailing the process from start to finish.
  3. Include a letter of nomination from a faculty member. If you wish, you may include more letters of support from persons directly related to the project – collaborating artists or audience members for a workshop or production, or fellow students/teachers in a classroom project. But we only require one. This should be e-mailed directly to the Regional Chair.
  4. Include all materials that seem relevant, but not to exceed 100 pages. This may include emails between the director, the cast, the designers, etc. and the dramaturg; pictures of the display; information from websites created; questions asked during the process; and information gathered for individual packets. We are not interested in you submitting all that you researched, but in your analysis and compilation of those materials.
  5. Submit the entire application packet electronically to Theresa Lang, Regional Chair of Dramaturgy at langta@bc.edu.

As you decide what to include in your packet, please look over the Award Criteria below and choose the approach and materials that best speaks to these standards.

Award Criteria

Distinctiveness: What is creative about the dramaturg’s approach and/or analysis?
Contextualization: How is the production or project enhanced by dramaturgical analysis or research; alternatively, how is the academic project in dramaturgy imaginatively projected into a larger social, political, academic or artistic setting?
Impact: In what way are the audience, artists or institution enriched by dramaturgical ideas and execution?
Ethics: How are issues that might be raised by the terms of the collaboration or changing responsibilities dealt with and/or resolved?
Significance: How does this project inform, challenge or advance the field of dramaturgy, in general and/or within the student’s school?

Dramaturgy Exhibition

All student dramaturgs will be given table space, approximately 30 by 36 inches, to display their Dramaturgy Protocol. Please bring your own self-standing display board to include sample visual and textual materials used in the production.

Dramaturgy Protocol could include some (or all) of the following:

  1. Preproduction research (including library-based and internet-based scholarly research, textual and visual resources, literary criticism, primary archival research)
  2. Actors' packets
  3. Director's packet
  4. Actors presentation
  5. Production presentation
  6. Study Guides
  7. On-line websites created for the show
  8. Program notes
  9. Any kind of promotional materials that the dramaturg contributed to
  10. Lobby Display
  11. Outline of talkbacks
  12. Bibliography of sources consulted in the project

Make sure that all materials are clean, clear and concise. Materials should be free of spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors. All source material should be cited. Include a table of contents and label all materials.

Award Presentation

The LMDA / KCACTF Student Award in Dramaturgy will be presented on the closing night of the Regional Festival.

Region 1/ATHE Dramaturgy Program Notes Regional Award

This event is for all student dramaturgs who wrote program notes during this festival year (Jan-Dec 2016). Please scan an original production program and include a cover page including complete contact information for the dramaturg and the title of the production. Send electronically to Theresa Lang at langta@bc.edu.

Mailed and postmarked no later than December 20.

Theresa Lang
Chair of Dramaturgy KCACTF Region 1
Boston College
Theatre Department
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Excellent resources to learn about Dramaturgy and the responsibilities of a Dramaturg include the website for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) and the Dramaturgy Student Handbook on line at

This handbook was compiled by Magda Romanska, Ph.D., Head of Theatre Studies and Dramaturgy Advisor at Emerson College, Boston, MA.

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.