The KCACTF Musical Theatre Award

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival brings the Musical Theatre Award to faculty and college and university students. The composer, lyricist, librettist, and producing institution of the award-recipient musical will receive the following:

* $500 for music

* $500 for lyrics

* $500 for book

O’Neill Music Theatre Conference Fellowship. The creative team will have the opportunity to be in residence at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, as official observers. During a two-week fellowship at the Conference (Late June into early July), the team will have the opportunity to write, participate in master classes, observe new music theatre works  by noted artists in development and to have professional development seminars with the Conference artistic staff. The Fellowship provides travel, room, board, and tuition for the residency.


Dramatists Guild Award. The Dramatists Guild Award provides the creative team with active membership in the Guild.

1. The musical must be entered in the KCACTF Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program.

2. The musical must be original and copyrighted.

3. The writing team (composer, lyricist, librettist) may be faculty and/or students; the students must fulfill the eligibility requirements as set forth in rule 5 for the Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Program. 

4. All student who attend a college that participates in KCACTF by entering a production or productions for response at the Associate or Participating level may submit their plays for consideration for this award.  Entries do not need to be produced by their schools for consideration in this award category.  The play must comply with the guidelines for scripts entered in the KCACTF Michael Kanin Playwriting Program.

5. A panel of artists from the field, selected by KCACTF, will make the final determination as to the award recipients. All collaborators agree to send the following entry mateials by December 1.

* A completed manuscript of the book, lyrics, and the score of the music;

* A professional-quality recording of the score either in CD, via web-link , or MP3 recordings (or variants.)

Rules and Guidelines