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THEATR-196 - Theatre Festival Comp Prep - David Stears

Course:Theatre Festival Comp Prep
Professor:David Stears
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


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Welcome!  I'm David Stears, the instructor and coach for the College of the Canyons Theatre Department KC/ACTF Team.  This is an exciting festival of workshops, training sessions, competitions, performances, special events, and networking with college programs and theatre professionals throughout the region.  If you have been nominated to participate in the festival this year, this class will help prepare you for the festival. This class is for students that have been invited to participate in the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF).  If you are unsure if you are eligible for this class, please check with the instructor.

Course Description

Preparation of theatre students for attendance and competition at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. Participation in festival workshops and attendance at adjudication or competition events at the regional festival is required.

What to Expect in this Course

We will be preparing you for the competition for the festival. If you are nominated for the Irene Ryan Competition, you will be choosing a partner, researching and preparing monologues and scenes.  If you are participating in design competitions, you will be coordinating your design materials and presentation.  Everyone will be completing forms and paperwork required for participating in the festival, and as part of the College of the Canyons team.

Types of Assessments

There will be quizzes, discussions, completion deadlines, and presentations of festival material. There will be a presentation competes festival material for our community (instructors, students, friends and family), and at the festival.

Textbook Information

You will be reading scripts, looking for monologues and scenes for the competition.  Additional material will be provided through readings posted in Canvas, handouts, and internet searches.

Other Relevant Course Information

This year the entire festival is online so there will be no travel required to participate in the festival.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

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Online Education

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Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

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Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

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You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

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Last updated: 10/07/2021 Sub#: 754