The 2017 KCACTF Region VIII Festival will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14th through Saturday, Feb. 18th, on the campus of Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ.

For details, please visit the Festival Information page for all of your needs. You can find email contact for our circuit coordinators, executive board, and festival area program coordinators on the Regional Contact Information page. They are ready and waiting to help your Festival 49 questions.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is excited to announce our host hotel, the Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix-Mesa/Chandler (this will be the location of the preliminary rounds of the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions):

Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix-Mesa/Chandler

1600 S. Country Club Drive

Mesa, AZ 85210


We have negotiated rates of kings (1 – 2 Guests = $159) & QN/ QNs (3 – 4 Guests = $169).  Please use the booking link for guests to begin making reservations or call Central Reservations at 1-888-280-5056 and request the Kennedy Center American College Festival Block or use block code “KCC”: Kennedy Center American College Festival

***Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free daily breakfast, fitness center, and more.

Reserve by January 15, 2017 to receive these rates. Rooms are subject to availability and are likely to sell out.


Region VIII has also arranged rooms at the following hotels:

Ramada Mesa

1666 S Dobson Rd

Mesa, AZ 85202

Ph: 480-831-7000

Please contact Tania Taylor, Ph: 480-831-7000 ext: 608, tania.taylor@ramadamesa.com to reserve your rooms.

We have negotiated rates of $109.99/night plus tax for king bed occupancy, $109.99/night plus tax for quad occupancy, and $129.99/night plus tax for suites (suites have pull-out sofas).

To make hotel reservations, please call Tania Taylor, Ph: 480-831-7000 ext: 608 and mention  you are with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

***Amenities: Free Wi-Fi, free parking – lots of parking spaces, free daily breakfast

Reserve by January 15, 2017 to receive these rates. Rooms are subject to liability and are likely to sell out.

Hilton Phoenix/Mesa

1011 W. Holmes Avenue

Mesa, AZ 85210

Single/Quad Rate is $189.00 plus tax. Room availability is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Book at this hotel using this link: Hilton Phoenix/Mesa.

***Amenities: Free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free parking.

All forms for all program areas (Directing, Design & Technology Management, Irene Ryans, Next Step, Musical Theatre Initiative, Dramaturgy, Theatre Journalism), must be completed by January 15th.

Online Festival Registration is open October 1, 2016 until January 31, 2017. After that time, you must register on-site).

Festival Registration Rates (non-refundable and non-transferable):

Through January 15: $85.00 (available online starting October 1)

January 15-31: $95.00

On-site Registration: $115.00

Each school/institution is expected to designate one representative from their school to pick up Registration materials (i.e. badges and lanyards) for the entire group. This will allow for a more efficient Festival Registration.

Download the Festival XLVIX Guidebook: Coming in January 2017

Here are a few quick links to forms for your festival participation. Intent to Participate forms in ALL areas (except Playwriting and Devised Theatre) are due, January 15 at 11:59 pm.  Late submissions of may preclude you from auditioning or presenting your materials:

Arts Administration (coming soon)

Design and Technology

Devised Performance due December 15



Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions

Musical Theatre Initiative


Scholarly Papers

Stage Managment

If you need anything KCACTF related in the Southwest, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks so much,

Gil Gonzalez 

Chair, KCACTF Region VIII