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Region 1 / Festival 47

Hyannis, MA / January 27 - January 31, 2015


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Festival 47 - Hyannis, MA
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Each year the KCACTF Region 1 Festival brings students and faculty together at the end of January to see some of the area's strongest productions, participate in workshops, participate in a variety of areas in theatrical performance, design and production and to celebrate theater in general

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Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP) is back. And we’re excited to meet you.

ASTEP is a nonprofit organization conceived by Broadway Musical Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell and a group of Juilliard students in order to transform the lives of youth using the most powerful tool they had — their art. Today, ASTEP connects performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. Last year, we got to meet hundreds of extraordinary artists at KCACTF. Some of them, like actor Michael Pfeiffer, we’re so jazzed by what they learned they went on to volunteer for us as soon as their semester ended. Here’s what Michael said about his experience working at the ASTEP site in Homestead, Florida this summer:

“Volunteering with ASTEP last summer truly was life changing for me. ASTEP prepares you to ‘learn as much as you have to give,’ and I feel as though I learned a lot more than what I gave to the youth we worked with. I would recommend any passionate artist, no matter what your discipline, take the time to experience what ASTEP has to offer. It sincerely is one of the most challenging and gratifying experiences of a lifetime.”-Michael Pfeiffer

This year, ASTEP will send a representative to every KCACTF Regional Festival in order to spread awareness of what we do, lead workshops -- including a brand new one centered on our unique approach to the Devising process -- and to interview as many interested artists as possible for potential volunteer opportunities. Currently our artist-volunteers serve in New York City, South Florida, India, and Ecuador.

Also, The Kennedy Center and ASTEP are partnering once again to award two (2) scholarships at the National Festival for students to participate, fully-funded, in one of our five programs around the globe. Here’s what last year’s scholarship recipient, Louisa Hill, had to say about her time with us in Ecuador:

“Greetings from Quito! I’m writing to extend an enormous thank you...for the grant to work with Artists Striving to End Poverty. I arrived in Quito about a week and a half ago to work with Creo Arte, an organization that seeks to inspire and empower kids through artistic expression. I’ve been honored to be a witness to the important work Creo Arte is doing and to make global connections with so many others who see the importance of art education. I hope that this is the start of many other collaborations with them and with ASTEP. Thank you for recognizing the important work that ASTEP is doing and for offering me the chance to join them. I’m immensely grateful for this opportunity.”—Louisa Hill, Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting recipient and the inaugural ASTEP Fellow.


  • Going to this amazing festival is always beneficial for me and everyone else who has the opportunity to go.
  • The energy was contagious and everyone just seemed so excited to be there.
  • My favorite workshop was Writing What Moves Us with Dominique Morrisseau. I'm not much of a writer at all but her workshop defnitely opened my eyes.
  • I've actually gotten to learn more about who I am as an actor. Being at this festival had me prove to myself how much I really want to succeed in this industry and that I'm willing to do what it takes.