Awards, Learning, and Fun at KCACTF Region III

Every January, Goshen College theater students students take an epic field trip: the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region III.

KCACTF “is a national theater program involving 18,000 students annually from colleges and universities across the country… [it] aims to encourage, recognize, and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs.”

In 2024, nine GC students and two faculty/staff travelled to the 56th Annual Region III Festival at the University of Michigan, Flint. Several students participated in performance programs, receiving professional evaluation and coaching. Three others earned recognition for design and production work.


  • Dontaye Albert, Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Regional Finalist (top 16 of about 200 nominees
  • Hermione Bean-Mills, Irene Ryan Regional Semifinalist (top 60 of 200)
  • Sarah “Bailey” Bailey, Certificate of Merit stage management of Twelfth Night: Or What You Will
  • Matija Margetić, Certificate of Merit for sound design of Twelfth Night
  • Joseph Mounsithiraj, Honorable Mention for Lighting in the Design Storm, a high speed project where intercollegiate teams fully conceptualize a production in only one week

Other Recognition

  • Irish Cortez and Daniel Stolzfus were nominated to Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions. Region III students perform in around 1200 roles per school year. About 200 are nominated for the scholarship competition.
  • Fatima Zahara and Victor Vegas were accepted to the Musical Theater Intensive for professional coaching and evaluation
  • Bailey entered materials from two productions, Twelfth Night and Into the Woods, in the Stage Management Fellowship competition; both were accepted for presentation

About KCACTF Region III:

“The Festival” is a four day professional development opportunity providing a host of experiences:

  • Performances of distinguished full productions from colleges across Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Western Ohio
  • Competitions with scholarship opportunities in every area of theater making that include challenging, useful critique from industry professionals.
  • Workshops in technical theater, design, and acting presented by professionals as well as regional faculty
  • Presentations of student work from a design gallery to readings of student written plays to an open mic
  • Professional auditions and interviews for summer work
  • The ever popular Tech Olympics