Monmouth College theatre professor Doug Rankin has been appointed vice chair of Design, Technology and Management, Region III for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF).
The three-year appointment will be followed by a three-year assignment as chair of the annual festival and a one-year post as immediate past chair.
As vice chair, Rankin will be responsible for helping to organize and run the festival’s design competition, as well as select the plays from participating colleges and universities which will be produced at the festival.
Region III consists of colleges and universities from Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan. This academic year’s festival will be held in Saginaw, Mich., Jan. 8-12. Monmouth College has been a participant in the festival for approximately 20 years.
Started in 1969 by Roger Stevens, the Kennedy Center’s founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theatre in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theatre departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.
Through state, regional and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another’s work and share experiences and insights within the community of theatre artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.