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The KCACTF/LORT ASPIRE Leadership Fellows Program is designed to cultivate a new generation of artistic and administrative leaders for the American Theatre with a focus of engaging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and members of other groups that are historically underrepresented in the field. This diverse national cohort of fellows assembled from all of KCACTF’s eight regions will engage in topics concerning equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism as well as leadership skills building, investigation of institutional challenges, and professional networking opportunities.

For more information or questions, email KCACTF Region 8 Coordinator

Bella O’Keeffe

University of Hawai’i at Mānoa


In-person participation at Festival is ideal, however, for those unable to attend Festival, the National Coordinators are planning virtual programming known as Region Z. With the virtual option, there’ll be a cohort of students that attend a weekend of streamed workshops. At the end of the session, they’ll have the option to do a presentation, and the selectees will be added to the existing cohort chosen from each region to attend Nationals.

As of right now, Region Z is slated for Saturday, March 2 (2-5:30pm EST – calculate for your timezone!) and Sunday, March 3 (2-5:30pm EST – calculate for your timezone!), with 30-minute presentations on March 8/9th. Registration will be organized and managed through the KCACTF National Website.

For Students who are interested in attending Region Z or need more information, REGISTER below for the Zoom Q&A on Dec 3rd at 2pm EST – calculate for your timezone!

 For more information about Region Z and the Zoom Q&A on Dec. 3, 2023, visit the KCACTF National Website or email

Stefanie Sertich
KCACTF National ASPIRE Coordinator


Open to all students, participants will hear from current professionals working in the areas of arts administration and management. Workshop schedule available in Festival 56 GUIDEBOOK: