Normandale Theatre Department Hosts Region V KCACTF Festival

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

(Event is only for participants of the Region V KCACTF Festival)

The Normandale Community College Theatre Department will host the 2015 Region V Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) from Sunday, January 18 to Saturday, January 24. Normandale, who is also hosting the event in 2016, will be one of only a few two-year colleges in the history of the event to have hosted a KCACTF Regional Festival.

Founded in 1969, the KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. It has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of U.S. college theatre during that time. Over the course of its 45-year history, the KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the U.S. in which theatre 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. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.

Region V includes colleges and universities from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The past two regional festivals have been held at the University of Nebraska, and last year's festival hosted more than 1,500 participants.

"The Theatre Department is thrilled and honored to be hosting the KCACTF festival," said Festival Coordinator and Normandale instructor Sean Byrd. "It has been over 20 years since the event was held in the Twin Cities. The experiences that the festival provides are immeasurable, and our students here at Normandale will be at the forefront of that. This is an enormous opportunity for students and faculty from around the region to get a first-hand look at so many things that make the Twin Cities such a great place for theatre artists and educators."

In 2013, the Normandale Theatre Department had an original production, Known But to God, was selected as one of the performances to be showcased at the KCACTF festival in Lincoln, Neb. A Normandale student, Mathew Foster, also won a national award for Allied Crafts for his design and creation of properties for the play.

Normandale Instructor Anne Byrd received a Gold Medallion award in 2013 that honored her excellence in theatre education, production work, and academic work, in addition to having demonstrated a strong commitment to the KCACTF. She and her husband, Sean Byrd, who also is a Normandale instructor, have worked to support the KCACTF and have been heavily involved in the organization of past KCACTF regional festivals.

For more information on the Region V KCACTF Festival go to or You can also follow Normandale's Theatre Program on Twitter @NCCTheatre or Facebook (NCC Theatre), along with Region V KCACTF on Twitter @KCACTF5 or Facebook (KCACTF Region V).