USC Upstate joins other colleges in hosting prestigious Kennedy Center Theatre Festival

Updated: Aug 24, 2019

by Melissa Breazeale


The curtains will rise at USC Upstate in February as the prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival comes to the University of South Carolina Upstate and other colleges to offer a week of dynamic theater, workshops and design galleries.


Colleges from around the southeast will descend upon Spartanburg the week of Feb. 5-9. The week of events will be divided between the University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse College and Wofford College. The events will be held at the Marriott in downtown Spartanburg. “Community Garden”, a USC Upstate play written by Ben Jolivet, winner of last year’s David Shelton New Play competition, will be performed Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre on the Upstate campus.


Upstate has 18 nominees up for awards including the Irene Ryan award, an honor named for a professional actress best remembered as “Granny” from “The Beverly Hillbillies” television series. The festival honors excellence of overall production and presents student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in the categories of playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.


The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving college students across the nation dedicated to improving the quality of theater.

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