Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF)
Each January students have the opportunity to present their work at the regional theater portion of national KCACTF. The conference brings together college students from all over the Northeast to present theatre work and receive outside assessment from KCACTF respondents, who are professionals in their field. Students also have the opportunity to attend workshops led by theatre professionals while they attend the conference.
Past Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Winners:
Chase O’Neill ‘16 for I Wanna Be Famous: National Semi-Finalist / Region 1 Playwriting Winner
Nathan Skethway ’16 for poster design
Danielle Weaver ’15 for The Caucasian Chalk Circle: National Finalist / Region 1 Design Winner
Kelly Fayton ‘13 for The Tempest: National Finalist / Region 1 Design Winner
Each May students can present any work that they have worked on in the past year. More than 200 Hartwick students showcase their work in presentations, sessions, and displays throughout the day. Scholarship winners (Freedman, Emerson, and Duffy) are highlighted during the Showcase, and other awards announced during Honors Convocation are also highlighted.
Recent theatre arts student Showcase presentations and performances include:
Extra! Extra! : Playwriting as a Lens into the Stories behind Today’s Headlines
Choreography and learning the musical FAME
Wiley and the Hairy Man: Directing a Play for Young Audiences
Costume Design for a touring production of Wiley and the Hairy Man
The Lab Theatre is the ‘home away from home’ to the theatre major/minor. This facility enables students to have a faculty member, technical director, and academic intern within arm’s reach. The lab is an intimate black box theatre perfectly suited for student performances such as senior projects, one-acts, and club productions.
Slade Theatre is where our main stage plays are performed. Slade Theatre is centrally located in Yager Hall, providing convenient access for Hartwick and community audiences. Slade has two large make-up rooms downstairs, a catwalk, a large tech booth for lighting and sound, and a box office. Check out the displays in the theatre lobby for information about current and past productions!