Students in the Institute for Theater Journalism and Advocacy participate in a week-long mini-course in arts journalism with faculty members from KCACTF and special guest professional critics and journalists. You’ll be guaranteed a seat at all the performances and events we review, see your articles posted on our blog and engage in seminar-style discussion of both the events we cover and the work you submit. Selected students have the opportunity to attend the national KCACTF Critics’ Workshop in Washington, DC, and from there could also earn a scholarship to the prestigious O’Neill Institute for Theater Criticism.
Whether you hope to become a professional arts journalist or just love talking and writing about theater, ITJA is a fantastic Festival opportunity.
At the conclusion of the regional festival, one participant is chosen from each region to advance to the National Festival at the Kennedy Center in April. There the critics write reviews; responding to plays at the National Festival and in Washington, while studying with a variety of professional critic mentors.
Students interested in writing, criticism, and even literary management are encouraged to register for the Critic’s Workshop or contact the regional chair for information about The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy in their region.
Scott R. Gagnon
Chair of The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy