Welcome to KCACTF

Region 1 / Festival 50

Western Connecticut State University
January 28th - February 3rd, 2018

Greetings Playwrights!

The National Playwriting Program (NPP) of KCACTF offers a staggering number of opportunities for playwrights. At Region I, we encourage you to submit your work, and are here to help you through the process. We have endeavored on this site to make the process as smooth as possible; when the inevitable questions arise, please do not hesitate to contact us at: npp.chair.region1@gmail.com.


We look forward to your submissions, and hope to see you at Festival!
Best regards,
Robin Stone
Roger Williams University
NPP Chair, Region I

C. Julian Jimenez
CUNY Queensborough Community College
NPP Vice-Chair, Region I

Shawna Mefferd Carroll
SUNY Plattsburgh
NPP 2nd Vice-Chair, Region I

Submission Deadlines and Guidelines
Eligibility
Awards

Congratulations to all the National Playwriting Award recipients from Region One for Festival Year 2015!

The John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play

National Semi-finalists:


FAULT by Julie Weinberg, Lesley University


TRACKS by Abbey Fenbert, Boston University


The Gary Garrison Award for Outstanding Ten-Minute Play

National Award:


OCCUPY HALLMARK by Cassie M. Seinuk, Lesley University


National Semi-finalist:


PLAYING CHECKERS by Cassie M. Seinuk, Lesley University


Regional Finalists:


BANG FOR THE BUCK by Shari D. Frost, Lesley University


CLOCKWORK by Erin Lerch, Boston University


THE HEIST by Matt Greene, Lesley University


LORAZEPAM by Alice Oshima, Middlebury College


The KCACTF National Undergraduate Playwriting Award

BORDERS by Lindsay Carpenter, Tufts University


The Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award

Co-Recipients:


NIGHTFALL by Livian Yeh, Boston University


FAMILY DINNER by Sarah Cho, University of Iowa


The Rosa Parks Playwriting Award

THE PUPPETEER by Desiree York, University of California-Fullerton


Second Place:


NIGHTFALL by Livian Yeh, Boston University


The KCACTF Latinidad Playwriting Award

CAFE by Raquel Almazan, Columbia University


Second Place

THE GHOSTS OF LOVE by Hilary Bettis, The Julliard School


The National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Award

SHE EATS APPLES by Stephanie Brownell, Boston University


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Original Play Submission Deadlines and Guidelines

The submission deadline for all Region I original play scripts -- Ten-Minute, One-Act, and David Mark Cohen Full-Length Play or Musical -- for regional and national award consideration is November 1.

The deadline for all Michael Kanin National Reading Awards is December 1.

All plays must be submitted electronically in PDF format. (No snail mail submissions accepted.) For playwrights in need of a PDF converter, there are many free ones available online: googledocs and CutePDF both offer good ones. Plays must also be typed and paginated in standard play manuscript format; examples can be found here

Please fill out the appropriate cover sheet and submit it with each entered play:

KCACTF COVER SHEET FOR TEN MINUTE PLAYS
KCACTF COVER SHEET FOR ALL ONE-ACT PLAYS
KCACTF COVER SHEET FOR ALL FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

Please attach each play and its appropriate cover sheet (links above) to a separate email with the play’s title in the subject line. DO NOT attach more than one play to each email.

Remember, each submission requires two separate documents:
Your entered play (with your name and institution removed) and the appropriate cover sheet provided.

If you have not submitted two documents with each submission, you have not submitted.

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ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for any student playwriting award, an undergraduate must carry a minimum of 6 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours), while a graduate must carry 3 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours). Undergraduate, graduate, and continuing part-time student playwrights must be matriculating, degree-seeking students. It is expected that work on the new play will have begun during the period the student is so enrolled.

Students in on-line courses may submit ten-minute and one-act plays within the region they reside, providing they confirm that they carry the required 6 semester hours of credit when the play was written.

If a school has any associate or participating entry, the school may enter as many original plays for reading awards as it wishes, but no more than two per student per category. A “category” means a maximum of two 10-minute plays, two one-act plays, and two full-length plays allowed per student, a total of six in all.

The exceptions to the above rules are for the David Mark Cohen Award and the National Student Playwriting Award. To qualify, each entered play must have received full productions at the submitting institution and be itself registered as a Participating production or Associate production. In addition, each new play registered as a Participating production will be considered for regional and national festival presentation.

The remainder of the awards are considered reading awards: no production of the play is necessary to be considered for these awards.

Please note that any one play may qualify for more than one award. Please read through all the award qualifications to see if your play can be submitted for more than one award. As with any portion of this process, if there are questions please contact the NPP Chair for Region One at: npp.chair.region1@gmail.com

A new play or musical may be a collaboration, an adaptation, a company-written play, or a play based on factual materials but may not be a translation. To be eligible, adaptations from other works must include written permission for works under copyright and must involve substantial changes in form and/or expression.

A full-length play is defined as either one major work or two or more shorter works written by the same playwright, based on a single theme, or encompassed within a unifying framework. In all cases, the entry must provide a full evening of theater-approximately one and one-half hours or longer, including intermissions.

If the play has been produced, the production must be presented during the period of the student’s enrollment, or within one full year after his or her enrollment ends.

Very Important: If your play is chosen to be read at the regional festival, you must be able to attend the entire festival week. Your active participation in the process is crucial. If you are unable to attend, your play will be taken out of consideration, and an alternate substituted.

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AWARDS

THE NATIONAL TEN MINUTE PLAY AWARD

THE JOHN CAUBLE SHORT PLAY AWARD

THE DAVID MARK COHEN AWARD

MICHAEL KANIN PLAYWRITING AWARDS PROGRAM

THE NATIONAL TEN MINUTE PLAY AWARD

Submission deadline is November 1. All plays are submitted by email to the Region I NPP Chair at: region1tenminute@gmail.com.

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

Submission deadline is November 1. All plays must be submitted by email to both the Regional Playwriting Chair at: region1oneacts@gmail.com and to the National Office at: ghenry@kennedy-center.org

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 npp.chair.region1@gmail.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 student-written plays are to be submitted by email both to the Region I NPP Chair at: region1full@gmail.com and to the National Office at: ghenry@kennedy-center.org

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: region1full@gmail.com and to the National Office at: ghenry@kennedy-center.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/Kanin_Playwriting.html

For a more detailed description of individual awards, please follow the links to the National KCACTF web site provided below:
HIP HOP THEATER CREATOR AWARD
KEN LUDWIG PLAYWRITING SCHOLARSHIP
THE HAROLD AND MIMI STEINBERG NATIONAL STUDENT PLAYWRITING AWARD
KCACTF THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES AWARD
KCACTF MUSICAL THEATRE AWARD

  1. (composer, lyricist, and librettist are eligible; faculty-written plays also eligible)

LORRAINE HANSBERRY PLAYWRITING AWARD
PAULA VOGEL AWARD IN PLAYWRITING
THE LATINO PLAYWRITING AWARD
JEAN KENNEDY SMITH PLAYWRITING AWARD
MARK TWAIN COMEDY PLAYWRITING AWARD
ROSA PARKS PLAYWRITING AWARD

  1. (faculty-written plays also eligible)

THE PAUL STEPHEN LIM ASIAN-AMERICAN PLAYWRITING AWARD
THE NATIONAL PARTNERS OF THE AMERICAN THEATRE PLAYWRITING AWARD
THE NATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PLAYWRITING AWARD

  1. 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.


  2. Further information on all awards and procedures can be found on the National Web site at http://www.kcactf.org/KCACTF.ORG_NATIONAL/Kanin_Playwriting.html

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.