Welcome to Region II of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

Festival 49: Tuesday, January 3 through Saturday, January 7, 2017 Montclair State University, Montclair NJ

Keynote Speaker

Region II is excited to bring Keynote Speaker, Liesl Tommy, to our Montclair Festival. Ms. Tommy is the first women of color to earn a Tony nomination for Best Direction of a Play. During the 2016 Tony Season, Ms. Tommy directed Eclipsed starring Lupita Nyong’o.

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, she was born during the apartheid era. When she was 15 her family moved to Newton, Massachusetts where she became active in high school theatre, eventually graduating and moving on to Brown University/Trinity Rep. Her interest in acting ultimately turned to directing and led to a directing style focused on an actor driven process that asks performers to dig deep into the character and privileges performer input over big directorial concepts.

Ms. Tommy’s credits include the world premieres of Party People by Universes (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), The White Man – A Complex Declaration of Love by Joan Rang(DanskDansk Theatre, Denmark), Peggy Picket Sees the Face of God by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Luminato Festival/Canadian Stage), Eclipsed by Danai Gurira (Yale Reparatory Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and McCarter Theatre), The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson (The Public Theater/NYSF and Dallas Theater Center), A History of Light by Eisa Davis (Contemporary American Theatre Festival), and Angela’s Mixtape by Eisa Davis (Synchronicity Performance Group, New Georges). Other credits include Hamlet (California Shakespeare Theater), American Buffalo (Baltimore Centerstage), The Piano Lesson (Yale Repertory Theatre), Ruined(Oregon Shakespeare Festival, La Jolla Playhouse, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Stick Fly(Contemporary American Theatre Festival), A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company), and Flight(City Theatre). Her productions have won numerous awards for directing, acting, and design. She has taught master classes in acting, directing, and new play development internationally and has taught at The Juilliard School, Trinity Rep/Brown University, The Strasberg Institute, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Ms. Tommy was awarded the NEA/TCG Directors Grant and is an artistic associate at Sundance Theatre Institute. She is a native of Cape Town, South Africa and a graduate of Newton North High School and Trinity Repertory Conservatory. (http://www.huntingtontheatre.org)

Ms. Tommy will share her insights during the Keynote address which will be part of the Festival Kickoff at 8:00 in The Diamond Court Ballroom of the Hilton Meadowlands.

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Productions with opening dates after January 1st 2016 are considered for Festival 49, January 3-7, 2017, at Montclair State University.  Productions with opening dates on or after November 28th will be considered for Festival 50, 2018. 

Early Bird Production Registration: Associate Productions — $225, Participating Productions — $300

After October 1, Associate Productions — $275, Participating Productions — $350

Please recall Region 2’s ample consideration policy.  We require 30 days advance registration in order to ensure securing respondents for your show.  We will do our best to find you a respondent if you register within the 30 day window.  If a respondent cannot be found, please send an archival video of your production to the regional chair for response.

Contact Regional Chair Scott Mackenzie with questions or concerns –

Scott Mackenzie
Scott MackenzieRegional Chair
Alma College
Alma, MI, 48801