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January 16, 2008 > Student invited to Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Regional Finals

Student invited to Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Regional Finals

Submitted By Rachel LePell

"To Say the Least," a play written by Chabot College drama student Clare Onyett, has been invited to the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Regional Finals to be held in Los Angeles in February.

The American College Theater Festival national competition is sponsored by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Since its inception, KCACTF has given more than 400,000 college theater students the opportunity to have their work critiqued, improve their dramatic skills and receive national recognition for excellence.

More than 16 million theatergoers have attended approximately 10,000 festival productions nationwide.

Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process; see each other's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in play writing, acting, criticism, directing, and design.

The competition includes colleges and universities from all over Region 8, the largest in the nation, encompassing California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Hawaii. Onyett's play was selected from a competitive field of community colleges and four-year schools including Stanford, UCLA, UC Irvine, and Cal State Fullerton, which houses the largest theater school on the West Coast.

The Chabot College Theater Arts Department is unique through its development of new plays, encouraging emerging voices in the American Theater. The department has produced dozens of new plays, some with large-scale productions, and some in workshop formats, but always dedicated to the development of new work. The development of new plays as educational tools is often stressed in theater classes across the curriculum.

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