Director of Theatre Adam Peterson will travel to Yankton, SD, and Sioux City, IA, in the coming weeks on behalf of the KCACTF to observe productions by Mt. Marty College and Morningside College and offer feedback to their theatre students. He will take in Mt. Marty’s production of “9-5 – The Musical,” and Morningside’s play, “Octopus.”
A national organization, the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival involves 18,000 students from more than 600 academic institutions. Theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment from “respondents” to share experiences and insights with the theatre community and to celebrate the creative process.
“KCACTF provides a unique opportunity,” Peterson said. “Feedback is not as much about what isn't working as it is about what is working. It's all about celebrating the work and sharing what's best about the art that we all make.”
Peterson has served as a respondent previously. He has observed productions that were staged by Creighton University, the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
Peterson and other respondents can also nominate shows for technical awards as part of the festival, nominate productions to be shown at the festival itself, and nominate actors for scholarship opportunities. KCATF’s Region V festival will be held in Sioux Falls, SD, in January.
In Northeast Community College’s Theatre program, students develop performance and stage production skills through coursework as well as numerous opportunities to participate in Norfolk Community Theatre and all-student College productions. Opportunities include acting, stage management and various crew positions, including lighting, set construction, costume construction, make-up and props.