Academic Theatre Awards

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Awards
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (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. 

In January and February of each year, regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs. Regional festival productions are judged by a panel of three judges selected by the Kennedy Center and the KCACTF national committee. These judges in consultation with the Artistic Director select four to six of the best and most diverse regional festival productions to be showcased in the spring at the annual noncompetitive national festival at the Kennedy Center, all expenses paid.

JCCC Theatre Awards
Each year JCCC recognizes outstanding theatre students with the following awards: 

  • JCCC Lifetime Achievement Award
    Selected by the faculty, these awardees have shown themselves to be outstanding among their peers.  Students who receive this award have shown superior dedication and enthusiasm for their work, have pitched in above and beyond the call of duty, have exemplified a keen work ethic, and have been role models in the department during their tenure.
  • Academic Achievement Award
    Selected by the faculty, this recipient is honored for having a minimum 3.5 GPA and is actively pursuing further education. The student not only excels in the classroom but also goes above and beyond what is expected in their theatre production work.

  • Best Understudy Award
    Faculty choose the recipient for the Best Understudy Award based on commitment to the responsibilities of the understudy, including attendance at rehearsals, learning the lines, knowing the blocking, incorporating the notes the director has given, seeking to understand the whole picture, and, when called upon performing the role. 
  • Stage Rat Award
    The Stage Rat Award recognizes the many hours, hard work, and creativity of those who support our productions backstage. The faculty select the best of all the ones who scurry around backstage, shifting scenery, setting props, managing costume quick changes, running lighting and sound, and making actors look good.
  • MONGO Award
    Students and faculty select the best representation of design, technical work, acting, directing, and production.

Contact Us

Artistic Coordinator
Beate Pettigrew
Phone: 913-469-3245 
Campus Mailbox: 36
Location: GEB 151-I

Technical Coordinator
P.J. Barnett - Email

Department Chair
Ron Stinson

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