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The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy offers a scholarship for an outstanding student critic to work with professional theatre critics and arts writers at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Waterford, Connecticut, each summer. At all eight KCACTF Regional Festivals, nominated student critics write critiques of plays performed at the festival. One finalist is selected from each region to compete at the national level. The national winner attends the Eugene O’Neill Center during the national writing conference in July, working with leading professional newspaper, magazine, and new-media critics from across the United States. All expenses will be paid.

During our regional festival, student critics learn from peers and professional critics. They attend shows and write critiques in traditional and new media, and critique their critiques together in a seminar setting.

Please make sure to complete this Intent to Participate form to indicate your intent to participate in the Region 8 Festival’s ITJA programming BY JAN 31. Learn about the varied ways media, TikTok, journalism, and more influence how we talk about theater. You’ll meet instructor Billy McEntee, a New York writer with bylines in The Washington Post, Playbill, and San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times entertainment writer Ashley Lee!

For more information: please go to the KCACTF ITJA Program Page. On that page you’ll learn all the information about the Institute of Theatre Journalism and Advocacy, instructors, awards, and more. This Intent to Participate form is very important – please fill it out by January 31 so we can set aside space for you and start our conversations together!

Questions? I love questions! Please contact me: Billy McEntee, Region 8 ITJA Instructor at

Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Coordinator:

Billy McEntee, Region 8 ITJA Instructor at