The city of Glendale welcomes back the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for the first time in 30 years.
From Feb. 12-17, the city will host a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. Glendale is part of region 8 of the Kennedy Center America College Theater Festival, which is comprised of Arizona, Central and Southern California, Hawaii, southern Nevada, Utah and Guam.
The festival is an annual event rotating among these locations. The local festival will bring students and faculty together to share ideas and view each other’s winning performances.
The public is also encouraged to attend the winning performances, which will be held at Glendale Community College.
Attendees will experience public performances of the region’s four winning plays with two performances each, as well as musical theatre winning performances and winning new play readings. The festival also includes acting, lighting, directing, writing and stage design competitions among its many performance-focused workshops.
“We are thrilled to return to Glendale and its local community college after many years holding the festival in other locations. The college is a great choice as they have the space and resources needed to support the extent of the festival and its attendees,” said Shaunté Keakalani Caraballo, Kennedy Center-region 8 vice chair.
Community Development Director Bradley Calvert added: “This festival is such an exciting representation of the vast young talent across the western U.S. We are happy to welcome the festival and its attendees with open arms and help them enjoy their stay in our great city. We also hope our local community joins and gets a glimpse of some of the amazing festival performances.”
For a detailed event schedule and exciting programming, as well as ticket information visit the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival website at kcactf-8.org.
First published in the February 3 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.