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.

On behalf of the Executive Board of Region VIII, welcome to Festival XLIX! I am very excited to bring our Festival to the wonderful city of Mesa, Arizona. I encourage everyone to experience all the city has to offer. Our amazing friends, Jennie Dennison and Rachel Semik at Visit Mesa have put together an awesome website that will help everyone explore what makes the area so unique. Thanks Jennie and Rachel for your great work!

I am very excited to have Cirque Du Soleil join us for Festival XLIX. Their generous offerings to our faculty workshop schedule make for the most robust technical theatre, design, and production/stage management workshops Region VIII has ever had. Thanks to our MCC hosts, Kara Thomson, Chris Tubilwicz, Alex Keen, and our Workshop Coordinator for working on these exciting opportunities.



Take a look at some photographs from recent Cirque Du Soleil Workshops:

If Cirque Du Soleil ​ wasn’t enough, Region VIII will also host award winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz courtesy of the Dramatists Guild, and will be a featured guest of the National Playwriting Program in Region VIII. Welcome Mr. Baitz to Region VIII.​

Finally, Festival XLIX would not be possible if not for the efforts of our hosts, Mesa Community College. The Mesa Community College Theatre & Film Arts Department​ and Mesa Community College Music Department​ have been amazing collaborators. Without the help of Kara Thomson, Alex Keen, and Chris Tubiwicz, planning and preparation for Festival XLIX would not have been as efficient for my first festival as the Chair of Region VIII. Many thanks to our hosts, and our phenomenal Region VIII Board. ​

Finally, I am appreciative of all the theatre programs that submitted their productions to our Festival and the respondents that were able to provide feedback regarding the work.The Response is at the heart of what we do at KCACTF.   There is a constant need for new respondents in our region. The Respondents Workshop will happen from 8-10 am Wednesday through Saturday, February 15-18, at the Holiday Inn, Room 201 and Room 203. Please contact Rodger Sorensen rodger_sorensen@byu.edu to express interest in attending the workshop. He will then send out a letter of nomination and prepare a training booklet for you. Those already trained should feel free to drop in any morning simply to refresh and re-tool skills.

Have an excellent Festival XLIX! If you need anything KCACTF related in the Southwest, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Thanks so much,

Gil Gonzalez 

Chair, KCACTF Region VIII


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 – SOLD OUT

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.

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):

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

Design and Technology

Devised Performance due December 15



Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy

Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions

Musical Theatre Initiative

Playwriting – Deadlines in December

Scholarly Papers

Stage Management