Welcome to the production registration system for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Here are a few ways registration has changed. 

You will first need to sign up for a user account. While this is an additional step, it will allow you to log back into the system to edit production information, print invoices, and reduce the amount of things you need to re-enter for each production.  We will approve your account as soon as possible—and you only need to do this once. We ask that each school have one account with WildApricot for registering shows, that way we can keep organized records of your institution’s participation.

You can pay for your shows immediately with a credit card. No more calling into the KCACTF office or faxing over your credit card information!

Your account will have all of your invoices and receipts to access at any time.  

SCHOOL REGISTRATION: Registration of your college or university for KCACTF. Once you’ve done this, you don’t need to do it again. You’ll get a membership account (which is free), and members can register shows in KCACTF year after year.  You can log back in and make edits to your productions if plans change or revisit your payment records. If you need to transfer the account to another individual, email Kelsey at KRMesa@kennedy-center.org, who can make the change and reset the password.

PRODUCTION REGISTRATION: With your new member account, register all the productions your school wants. They will all be connected to your account, where you will be able to see your invoices and pay for production entry fees with a credit card. (You can also choose “offline payment” to pay via check.) 

We appreciate your patience and your good humor as we make this transition. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me and/or Kelsey Mesa, Manager of KCACTF and Theater Education at The Kennedy Center (krmesa@kennedy-center.org).



Welcome! Region 8 proudly represents theatre students, staff, faculty and theatre programs from institutions of higher learning in California (central and southern), Arizona, Utah, Hawaii, Nevada (southern) and Guam.

I am excited to share that our festival plans for Region 8 are underway! For the first time in our 53-year history, the Region 8 festival will be conducted 100% virtually. It will be a student-centered experience and will honor student work produced during this historic pandemic.

The Region 8 festival will be a 4-day event, February 10-13, 2021, and will feature invited productions and all your favorite categories including Irene Ryans, DTM, Playwriting, ASPIRE (Arts Leadership), Directing, Musical Theatre Initiative, Stage Management, Devised, Theatre Journalism, Dramaturgy, and workshops. We will also include dynamic guest speakers; Representation, Equity and Diversity programming and much, much more. We plan to take a one-year pause with the InterAct Auditions and Interviews, but intend to bring it back to a live festival in 2022. As part of our plan to keep costs low, festival registrations will be only $25 in 2021. See below for full details.

To help struggling Theatre programs, KCACTF has waived all production entry fees for Fall 2020. New programs: This is an ideal time for programs to test drive the KCACTF experience for free. All productions, live streaming or pre-recorded, will be considered Participating and must be registered at least 30-days in advance to receive a response via Zoom. If you wish to register a production, please see the top orange button below.

As many as three (3) Irene Ryans nominees may be selected by the director and respondent per show. New Irene Ryan guidelines for the upcoming year will be published in the next newsletter and on the Region 8 website. Eligible stage managers, dramaturgs and designers can self nominate.

I hope you will continue to include KCACTF in your educational programming this year. We look forward to seeing your creativity in a virtual setting! Onwards!

Eric Bishop, Chair

KCACTF, Region 8


The Vendor Name and mailing address for a Purchase Orders is:

ACTF Management, Ltd – Region 8

Eric Bishop, Chair Region 8

PO Box 1952

Vista, CA 92083

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