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Taylor Barton ACF Abstract FY12

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 3

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.

As a nominee for this event, I, with a partner, would prepare and perform up to two scenes and a monologue for jurisdiction from a regional board for the opportunity to advance on and compete on a regional/national level. Success in the final level of this competition includes a scholarship from the Irene Ryan Foundation of Encino, CA. The material I would perform must be no more than 6 minutes in length, and would serve to showcase my personal abilities as an actor and professional, as well as to represent Grand Valley's Theatre department overall. As part of this trip, various workshops are offered to enhance the growth of the participants' education in theatre, complimented by the numerous productions that are invited to compete and present for all attending nominees.