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Tuesday, February 10th through Saturday, February 13th

Online information coming soon
Region 8 – Arizona, Central and Southern California, Guam, Hawaii, Southern Nevada, Utah

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival 53 ®, part of the Rubenstein Arts Access Program, is generously funded by David M. Rubenstein.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Additional support is provided by The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; the Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; and Beatrice and Anthony Welters and the AnBryce Foundation.

Kennedy Center education and related artistic programming is made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President’s Advisory Committee on the Arts.

For additional information regarding Region 8, contact:

Eric Bishop
Chair of KCACTF Region 8


Anti Racist Theatre

REGION 8 (February 10 - 13)

Anti Racist Theatre



Nicole Brewer, creator of Conscientious Theatre Training and originator of the Anti-Racist Theatre (A.R.T.) movement is teaching her unique approach which blends anti-racist theory, social justice, collectivism, healing justice and theatre exercises for an embodied understanding of racism and our agency to become anti-racist. In this course Nicole offers participants tools to craft their own unique anti-racist theatre ethos and delve into the three core principles of anti-racist theatre: harm reduction, harm prevention and relationship repair. Participants will be guided through self reflection exercises designed to strengthen their analysis of their position, power, privilege and begin to uproot their racist practices, policies, and protocols. All who believe the way forward for theatre is anti-racist and anti-oppressive are welcome. We all have a role to play. The future of art will be nourished by you. Join us in doing the work to make sure theatre is a liberated place for all. 



Monday, February 8 

3:00 - 5:00 PM Pacific

Workshop 1: Creating an Anti-Racist Theatre Ethos & Access Needs

Facilitator: Nicole M. Brewer

Teaching concepts of A.R.T. ethos and how to embrace/apply more inclusive practice of access needs.


Tuesday, February 9

12:00 - 2:00PM Pacific

Workshop 2: Anti-Racist Theatre Guiding Principles: folding A.R.T. into your practice now

Teaching 3 guiding principles harm reduction, harm prevention & relationship repair.


3:00 - 5:00 PM Pacific

Workshop 3A: Students

Facilitator: Nicole Brewer and Nissy Aya, supported by Kayla Kim Votapek

How we do anti-racist theatre together across difference.


Workshop 3B: Faculty/Staff

Facilitator: Sophia Skiles and Amy Smith, supported by Melissa Kievman

How we do anti-racist theatre together across difference.




Theatrical Intimacy Education and Kaja Dunn



Thursday, February 11, 1:00 - 3:00 PM Pacific

Registration Link: 

Theatrical Intimacy Education: Foundations

Facilitators: Laura Rikard and Chelsea Pace

Participants: Up to 80


Friday, February 12, 1:00 - 3:00 PM Pacific

Registration Link:

Facilitator: Kaja Dunn

Foundations in Race and Intimacy

Participants: Up to 45 for a workshop (more interactive), if more than 45, we’ll do a webinar (less interactive)


Black Acting Methods



Diversifying Approaches to Acting with The Black Acting Methods Studio

This event outlines a theoretical and historical overview of the field of "black acting methods" and the text (Black Acting Methods) that has catalyzed and mobilized the most recent wave of advocacy work that seeks to diversify actor training programs.



Wednesday, February 10

2:00 - 3:45PM Pacific



Up to 300





La Gente Panel


Conversations with La Gente

Come chat with members of La Gente: The Latinx Theatre Design Network!  A panel of designers and technicians will discuss their career paths and navigating the field as Latinx theatre makers.  We will also speak about how to choose projects, celebrating your aesthetics, and the benefits of finding a mentor.


Guest Artists

Tara Houston

Tanya Orellana

Jesse Portillo

Courtney Flores

Miguel Flores



Zoom Meeting 



Wednesday, February 10

12:00 - 1:30 PM Pacific



Link forthcoming

Invited Productions


Written by Richard Alger
Directed and choreographed by Tina Kronis

Los Angeles City College


I'm Lot Lane (a solo effort)

A new play by Keola Simpson
and members of ¡好 / Peligro!
(or Aloha also means goodbye)
Directed by Kealiikeola Simpson

University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Confessions of Women from East LA

Written by Josefina Lopez
Directed by Stefani Baez

CSU Dominguez Hills

Oriental Faddah and Son

Written by Lee A. Tonouchi
Directed by Taurie Kinoshita

Windward Community College

Living Six Feet Apart

A Company Generated Work
Directed by Saundra Mcclain

Cal State Fullerton

Crushing the Curve: Illumination

A Company Generated Work
Directed by Jenny Kokai

Weber State University

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