Welcome to KCACTF
Region 1 / Festival 50
Western Connecticut State University
January 30th - February 4th, 2018
THE NATIONAL TEN MINUTE PLAY AWARD
Submission deadline is November 1. All plays are submitted by email to the Region I NPP Chair at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remove your name and school affiliation from the play itself, and include with your submission the KCACTF COVER SHEET FOR TEN MINUTE PLAYS.
THE JOHN CAUBLE SHORT PLAY AWARD
Please remove your name and school affiliation from the play itself, and include with your submission the KCACTF COVER SHEET FOR ALL ONE-ACT PLAYS.
The running time of a one-act play is under 60 minutes; when typed in standard format, a one-act play is approximately 15-45 pages in length; there is no intermission in a one-act play.
Up to six plays will be selected as finalists by readers outside the region and will be given concert readings at the Region I Festival in January.
A concert reading is a reading of your script with actors using music stands. Actors are allowed to have one entrance and exit and to stand or sit, but no other blocking (no crossing to answer a telephone, for instance) is permitted. With script in hand or on the music stand, the actors and directors are able to focus on the text so that you, the writer, can hear what appears on the page. All NPP scripts are given their concert reading at the end of the festival week. NPP follows the Actors’ Equity Staged Reading Guidelines, which are the same rules followed by the KCACTF National Festival in Washington, DC, each spring.
In order to be selected a regional finalist for the KCACTF national John Cauble Short Play Award, a one-act must be invited to the regional festival as either a participating full production or for a concert reading. To remain in award contention, the playwright must be able to attend the Region I festival.
Each entry must have had at least a staged reading at the student’s college or university to be eligible. If the student’s school has any other associate or participating productions registered, the student is free to submit his or her play. If the school has no registered productions, the student’s play may be asked to register as an associate or participating production; please contact the Region I NPP Chair at email@example.com for more information.
We encourage finalists to bring a rehearsed concert reading of the their play(s) to the festival. However, if this proves impossible, finalists may be assigned a director and select a cast from those auditioning for the 10 Minute plays on the second day of the festival. Two festival respondents will respond to finalists’ plays at the festival.
Two plays will be chosen to be National Semi-Finalists from the regional festival. Those two plays will then be held in consideration for the national festival in Washington DC in April.
THE DAVID MARK COHEN AWARD
(Full-Length Play or Musical)
Submission deadline is November 1. This award may be presented to any student, faculty or working playwright whose play or musical is premiered and produced by a college or university theatre program and entered as an Associate or Participating entry within the KCACTF. Again, to be eligible, the submitted work must have been fully produced (not a staged reading) at the sponsoring school, and be registered as an Associate or Participating production with the festival.
All non-student plays need be submitted to the Regional NPP Chair only.
Please remove your name and school affiliation from the play itself, and include with your submission the official KCACTF COVER SHEET FOR ALL FULL-LENGTH PLAYS.
The play or musical will be read by at least two readers from Region I. The top two choices will be named the Region’s National Semi-Finalists at the Regional Festival in January. Their work will be held in consideration for the national festival in Washington DC in April as National Finalists.
MICHAEL KANIN PLAYWRITING AWARDS PROGRAM
The distinguished playwright and screenwriter Michael Kanin (1910-1993) arranged for a remarkable series of awards to be given to student writers as part of the festival. The purpose of the program is to encourage college students to write for the stage by providing the opportunity for them to engage in the playwriting process.
Deadline for submission of One-Act and Full-Length finalists’ plays for consideration at the national level is December 1. (Ten-minute plays are not eligible for these awards.)
All plays are to be submitted by email both to the Region I NPP Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org (for one-acts) OR email@example.com (for full length plays) AND to the National Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please remove your name and school affiliation and include with all submissions either:
KCACTF COVER SHEET FOR ALL ONE-ACT PLAYS
KCACTF COVER SHEET FOR ALL FULL-LENGTH PLAYS
Please note, unless otherwise specified, only student-written plays are eligible for the following awards.
For a more detailed description of the rules and procedures for the Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program, go here: http://kcactf.org/KCACTF.ORG_NATIONAL/
For a more detailed description of individual awards, please follow the links to the National KCACTF web site provided below:
• The National Undergraduate Playwriting Award is granted to an undergraduate who has written the outstanding full-length play. An undergraduate is a student who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate program or who graduated less than a year prior to the submission deadline or within two years prior and who currently has a play entered as an associate or participating production. Graduated students who have enrolled in an MA or MFA program are not eligible.
• (composer, lyricist, and librettist are eligible; faculty-written plays also eligible)
• (faculty-written plays also eligible)
KEN LUDWIG PLAYWRITING SCHOLARSHIP
Submission deadline is February 1.
This scholarship is designed to reward a playwright's continuing body of work, not one specific play. It is a scholarship award, and therefore the recipient must be a student in a graduate or undergraduate program for the upcoming year.
For full eligibility and application requirements, please visit the KCACTF national web site at: http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/actf/ludwig.html
Further information on all awards and procedures can be found on the National Web site at http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/actf/awards.html