What is the ASPIRE Arts Leadership Fellows Program?

The KCACTF/LORT ASPIRE Leadership Fellows Program is designed to cultivate a new generation of artistic and administrative leaders for the American Theater with a focus of engaging Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and members of other groups that are consistently underrepresented in the field. This diverse national cohort of fellows assembled from all of KCACTF’s eight regions will engage in topics concerning equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism as well as leadership skills building, investigation of institutional challenges, and professional networking opportunities.

This week-long fellowship occurs as part of the annual national convening of the American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The curriculum is designed and led by professionals from LORT institutions in partnership with staff from the Kennedy Center and the American College Theatre Festival Regional Chairs.


ASPIRE Regional Festival 2022

In 2022, the eight regions will join forces to present centralized ASPIRE programming which will include workshops and discussions curated by all of KCACTF’s ASPIRE Regional Coordinators, National ASPIRE Chair Stefanie Sertich and the National ASPIRE team. Regional festivals may still host workshops in arts leadership, but the selection process for this program to attend the National KCACTF Festival will take place through the centralized program.

Students interested in the world of arts leadership are encouraged to register for this program. Whether you hope to become an artistic leader or you are curious about how theaters operate, ASPIRE is a fantastic festival opportunity, and 2022 offers us the opportunity to connect virtually with fellow theater artists and leaders from across the country.

What to Expect

ASPIRE Arts Leadership 2022 will include nine hours of gatherings on Zoom—not counting time participants spend creating their individual final presentations—over three weeks.


  • January 22nd from 1:00pm-6:00pm EST
  • January 29th from 1:30pm-6:00pm EST
  • February 5th from 2:00pm-5:00pm EST
  • February 12th and 13th –  One 30-minute slot from 1:00pm-6:00pm EST


Event entry will open on Monday, November 15. You will only be asked to sign up; no need to prepare a resume or cover letter.  You do not need to be nominated by a faculty member to participate.

There is no registration fee to participate in ASPIRE. Additionally, when you sign up for ASPIRE, you will automatically be registered for your regional festival for participation in other regional programming, at no additional cost.

TO REGISTER CLICK HERE (https://airtable.com/shrpDipZRwieQVRvW) and fill out the form at the bottom of the page.  You are in REGION TWO.


Andrew Truscott

Andrew Truscott


Festival Manager/Arts Leadership Coordinator