American College THEATRE Festival

What is ACTF?

The American College Theatre Festival is a 5-day long opportunity for students and faculty from colleges and universities who are interested in theatre to share ideas and view one another's work.  In addition to performances and competitions, there are a wide range of activities that, in past, have included workshops and seminars on such topics as play writing, auditioning, voice, movement, stage combat, scenic painting, set design, and so on.

There are a total of eight regional festivals sponsored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts which are held annually throughout the country during January and February.  We are in Region III along with colleges and universities from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Wooster Students Excel at American College Theatre Festival Regional Competition

Before the 2016 spring semester had even started, Helen Rooker ('18), Maira Senoo ('18) and Charlene Gross converged on Milwaukee for the Kennedy Center American Theatre College Festival. Both students submitted work in Design, Technical & Management. All three participants kept busy during the conference attending workshops, performances and presenting work from The College of Wooster.

Charlene Gross presented a poster on the EL Wire designs from Kim Tritt's dance piece, Luminescence on the design and technical aspects. She was also a respondent to the Regional Design Projects.

Helen Rooker was recognized as outstanding stage manager for her work as Production Stage Manager on Latins In La-La Land in Fall 2015. Because of her recognition, she was invited to submit her stage management book on the show for for the National KCACTF Stage Management Fellowship. She received excellent feedback from her judges during her presentation.

Maira Senoo presented her costume designs for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the Regional Design Projects alongside of other undergraduate and graduate students from Region 3 (Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan & Ohio). The project was first designed for Charlene Gross's Costume Design class in Fall 2015. Maira also was given excellent verbal responses and will receive additional written feedback from multiple designers within the region.

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition

Two Irene Ryan Scholarship participants are chosen for each mainstage production by and ACTF respondent who adjudicates the show on one of the performance nights.  To accept a nomination means that the participant will attend the Festival in January and will complete all the requirements put forth in the Irene Ryan Contract.

At the Festival, participants will be required to perform a monologue and a scene or song for a panel of judges (consisting of directors from other colleges or universities).  Winners from that round compete in semi-finals in front of the entire Festival.  Finals are held the last night of the Festival and $2500 scholarships are granted to the two winning participants from each region.  These two winners will then go to the Kennedy Center National Festival where they will perform in an evening of scenes in front of top professional actors, directors, producers, and casting agents.