Are You a Theater Geek? 

By Eliza Hopkins 

A-Step Club President


Pictured here, left to right: Allie Norton, Justin Chochran, Olivia Bean, and Eliza Hopkins.

Do you know what the KCACTF is?
According its website, “The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually.”

The program, which was created in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, now brings together theater departments from over 600 schools.

For the past five years, students from SMCC have attended this conference, joining students from all around the country. And, for the past two years, there have been huge snowstorms during the festival, causing tons of mayhem (ahem, to borrow a word from SMCC’s famous film festival). In spite of the weather, all of the students registered on Tuesday, and made their plans for workshop and show attendance.

By the end of the conference, they had attended workshops on lighting, crafting, speaking, directing, producing and acting. Eliza and Justin even won prizes.

ASTEP was conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Juilliard students to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had: their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. To join the A-Step Club, check in at the CeCIL office for details.

For more info about the KCACTF, see


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