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The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

KCACTF National Offices Contact Information

Education at the Kennedy Center

As the national center for the performing arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is committed to increasing opportunities for all people to participate in and understand the arts. To fulfill that mission, the Kennedy Center strives to commission, create, design, produce, and/or present performances and programs of the highest standard of excellence and of a diversity that reflects the world in which we live—and to make those performances and programs accessible and inclusive.

Education at the Kennedy Center includes resources from its presentations and productions and those of its affiliates: the National Symphony Orchestra, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, VSA (the international arts and disability organization), and Washington National Opera. The focus, locally and nationally, is on producing, presenting, and touring age appropriate performances and educational events for young people and their families; school- and community-based programs that directly impact teachers, students, artists, and school and arts administrators through professional development; systemic and school improvement through arts integrated curricula, inclusive classrooms, and universal design in facilities and learning; creating partnerships around the issues of arts and arts integrated education; creating and providing educational materials via print and the Internet; developing careers in the arts for young people and aspiring professionals; and strengthening the management of arts organizations.

The education programs of the Kennedy Center have become models for communities across the country and have unlocked the door to learning for millions of young people. This has been accomplished by fostering creativity, teaching discipline, improving self-esteem, and challenging students to think in new ways, as well as offering them experiences in the pure enjoyment and excitement of the performing arts. For more information, visit the Center’s website at

  • Gregg Henry, Artistic Director, KCACTF
    (202) 416-8864; Fax: (202) 416-8860
  • Kelsey Mesa, Manager of KCACTF and Theater Education
    (202) 416-8857; Fax: (202) 416-8860

Mailing Address:

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF)
John F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts
P.O. Box 101510
Arlington, VA 22210

KCACTF Support

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

The Harold and Mimi Steinberg National Student Playwriting Award is made possible by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

The Rosa Parks Playwriting Award is made possible by Beatrice and Anthony Welters and the An-Bryce Foundation.

Additional support is provided by The Honorable Stuart Bernstein and Wilma E. Bernstein; the Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; and the National Committee for the Performing Arts.