Festival 50 Information

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region VIII, Presents:

The Fiftieth Annual Region VIII Festival (2018)
Arizona, Central and Southern California, Guam, Hawaii, Southern Nevada, Utah

February 13 – 17, 2018

 Hosted by Mesa Community College

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival™ 50, 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 Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation; 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.


The 2018 KCACTF Region VIII Festival will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13th through Saturday, Feb. 17th, on the campus of Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ.

On behalf of the Executive Board of Region VIII, welcome to Festival 50! 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 50. 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.

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


Welcome to Mesa Community College!

It is truly an honor to host this prestigious competition, and MCC students and faculty are proud to participate in the Region VIII Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival.

The arts have been core to MCC since the college was established in 1965. In fact, the Stagedoor Players is one of MCC’s original and longest standing student clubs.

Throughout the competition, we hope you enjoy our state-of-the-art facilities. The MCC Theatre and Performing Arts Center (PAC) were designed as learning labs for our students in addition to being performance venues. Please visit the Arts at MCC website at www.mesacc.edu/arts to learn more about the venues and to see a list of our upcoming shows and events.

I encourage you to explore our campuses. The Art Gallery on our Southern and Dobson campus is MCC’s newest addition to the arts scene. We are currently hosting the traveling exhibit “Touching Strangers” by photographer Richard Renaldi. Renaldi asks strangers to pose intimately and then captures the moment with a large-format, 8-by-10 view camera.

Another noteworthy attraction on the north side of campus is the MCC Rose Garden. It is the largest public rose garden in the desert southwest and is maintained through a partnership between MCC and the Mesa-East Valley Rose Society. Artwork found in the Rose Garden and other outdoor spaces on campus are chronicled at www.mesacc.edu/community/artwalk.

If you wish to experience the Sonoran Desert, take a short drive to our Red Mountain campus. There you will be able to walk through the cienega located in the center of campus. The cienega is home to two species of endangered fish, an endangered plant species, and several other protected reptiles and amphibians. This elite ecology experience earned the 2016 Certified Wildlife Habitat designation from the National Wildlife Federation.

I hope you enjoy the Festival and your visit to Mesa Community College!

Best Wishes,

Sasan Poureetezadi
Interim President
Mesa Community College

The 2018 KCACTF Region VIII Festival will be held Tuesday, Feb. 13th through Saturday, Feb. 17th, on the campus of Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is excited to announce our host hotel:

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 “KCA”: Kennedy Center American College Festival

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

Reserve by January 26, 2018 to receive these rates. Rooms are subject to liability and are likely to sell out.

Region VIII has also arranged rooms at the following hotel:

Days Hotel Mesa

333 W. Juanita Avenue

Mesa, AZ 85210

Ph: 480-844-8900 Fax: 480-844-0973

Double: $114.99

Single: $114.99

Reserve by January 26, 2018 to receive these rates. Rooms are subject to liability and are likely to sell out.