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January 30th - February 4th, 2018

Scholarly Papers—Region 1

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
Undergraduate Theatre Scholar Awards

Deadline Date: December 15

KCACTF is pleased to continue an awards program for undergraduate theatre scholars attending KCACTF participating institutions. In order to further student activity in the discipline of theatre scholarship, this program encourages and rewards research and scholarly writing among undergraduates throughout the nation. Research Papers on all areas of the art and craft of Theatre, the outcome of class assignments or students’ own research interests, will be reviewed by KCACTF-appointed readers for a cash award and a KCACTF National Festival residency in April, 2015.

Submission Criteria:

The manuscript should be a scholarly paper of 10-20 pages [plus endnotes and references] on any area in the art, craft and/or history of theatre, or a cross-disciplinary topic with the art of theatre featuring as a key area of investigation.


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 2013 or 2014.
The submitted manuscript should have been written no earlier than September 2013.
At this time, co-authored manuscripts will not be considered for the awards.

To Submit

  1. All submissions will be in PDF format. No paper or CD Rom copies will be accepted.
  2. Each manuscript will be submitted with a blind title page:
    • Title of Paper
    • Date
    • The statement: “This is a copyrighted work submitted for review purposes only”
  3. The manuscript will have no author identification within the body of the paper [headers, footers, at pagination points, etc.]
  4. A full title page consisting of
    • Title
    • Name of the author
    • Date
    • Copyright notice [“copyright 2014 name of author”]
    • E-mail address
    • Snail mail address
    • Name of academic mentor must be submitted as a second, separate PDF document in the same e-mail as the blinded manuscript
  5. to ghenry@kennedy-center.org
  6. by December 15th

Award Selection Criteria

The manuscripts will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Originality of the topic or approach
  • Scholarly rigor
  • Use of primary resources
  • Organization
  • Style
  • Syntax
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation

A selection panel of eight readers, one from each KCACTF region, made up of faculty and emeritus faculty, will be appointed by each KCACTF Regional Chair. No faculty member with a student in the submission pool will be appointed to the selection panel. The KCACTF Artistic Director will appoint a team of finalist readers in consultation with the KCACTF National Committee, should the total number of submissions warrant.

The award recipients will be announced on or around March 1, 2016.

The Awards

$1000 and the award recipients will receive an all-expenses paid fellowship to participate in the National Festival at the Kennedy Center, April 14-18, 2016.


Gregg Henry, Artistic Director
Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival
Education Department
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington DC 20566-0001

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.