Please note that in addition to this Ryan Registration, you must also be registered for the Festival.

Congratulations Ryan nominees and partners! You have earned the opportunity to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions. The menu below contains all the info you’ll need to know before we welcome you to the 2020 Region II Festival at The University of Maryland, College Park, MD – January 14-18, 2020.

KCACTF Region II Registration (for the festival)

Performance Rights for IRENE RYAN Audition Material


Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition Registration Form - REGISTRATION FORM COMING SOON


Candidates and Partners


Select a partner who is able to rehearse with you during the fall semester and winter break. Partners may work with two different Ryan nominees but no more than two. Ryan nominees may not partner other Ryan nominees. Nominees must work with the same partner for both scenes. Choose selections that are appropriate for both of you but feature the nominee and meet the Ryan criteria. Read the contents of this website and its links for tips, rules, and explanations. Seek out faculty guidance in preparing for the audition and completing the remaining steps.


Double and triple-check that you have secured permission to perform all three pieces you’ve selected. You will need to know the publisher of each in order to complete the online Ryan Registration Form. To find the publisher of a particular play, a good, though not perfect, a resource is www.findaplay.com. Be sure that you know the owner of the performance rights. Some pieces are published for reading and study by publishers who do not control the performance rights. Bring to the festival hard-copy proof that you’ve secured performance rights to any pieces not automatically cleared. For example, all Dramatists Play Service except Albee and Beckett are automatically eligible for use at the regional level so you do not need hard copy proof but different publishers have different rules. Be sure to check! You can click the link or visit http://www.kcactf.org/rights_&_royalties.htm for more detailed information.


Nominees MUST complete the online Irene Ryan Registration Form by December 6, 2019 OR YOU MAY NOT PARTICIPATE. All nominees and partners must be registered for the festival. There is no additional fee for participating in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Audition. By submitting the Ryan Registration Form, you affirm that you were a college student at the time of your Ryan nomination.

Watch your inbox before the festival for an email confirming your registration and assigning you an audition date and time. Communicating prior to December 31th, 2019 any changes of material, performance order of material, or partners’ names will ensure that paperwork and schedules prepared in advance of Festival is accurate and complete. Changes to information supplied after online Ryan Registration should be emailed to Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian at kcactf2ircoordinator@gmail.com. Please put “Ryan Change” in the subject line. After December 31st 2019, changes will need to be made on-site at Ryan sign-in.


Both candidates and partners will need to arrive at The University of Maryland, College Park by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 to complete on-site check-in and verify your time slot for the Ryans. There will also be a mandatory orientation meeting for all Ryan nominees and partners that evening following the opening ceremony. The three rounds of competition (Preliminaries, Semi-Finals, and Finals) will be scheduled throughout the week of Festival, so plan to stay at The University of Maryland, College Park through Saturday, January 18th.


The best part of the Ryan process is the opportunity to grow and learn from the experience. Regional faculty respondents will provide each student individual feedback after the preliminary round and semi-final and final round judges will give one on one responses after each of those rounds.


The Irene Ryan Foundation awards sixteen regional and two national scholarships annually. One nominee and partner from every region will be invited to the national festival and the nominee will receive a $500 scholarship. The runner-up in each region will receive a $500 scholarship, but will not attend the national festival to audition for the national scholarship. Students and coaches are encouraged to consult their regional chair or regional Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions Coordinator for information on other regional awards. The Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships are, indeed, scholarships; so the Foundation disburses the award through a school designated by the winner, to pay tuition and fees for further education, not necessarily limited to theatre arts. Feel free to contact us at kcactf2ircoordinator@gmail.com with questions regarding the Ryans. We look forward to seeing you in January 2020!


Faculty members and students who have paid their Festival registration fee may observe the preliminary rounds of the Ryans. However, audience may enter audition rooms only at breaks between rounds. Breaks may not run according to a published/announced schedule. During semi-finals and finals audience members will only be allowed to enter or leave the theatre before the first scene and during intermission, so please plan accordingly. Additional useful information for nominees, partners, and coaches can be found on the menu.

AND! Break a leg Ryan nominees and partners!!!


Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian

Biliana Stoytcheva-Horissian

Irene Ryans

Lycoming College

Wolf Sherrill

Wolf Sherrill

Irene Ryans

James Madison University

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