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Deadline Dec. 11, 2017

Contact: Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Coordinator

Critics, Dramaturgs, & Scholars

The Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy (ITJA) January 2018

(Formerly the O'Neill Critics Institute)


Updated November 27, 2017

Critics, Dramaturges and other Scholars

A NEW DIRECTION CONTINUES…Add Your Voice to the Future of Theatre

We invite you to explore the many ways that theatre journalists are able to respond to theatrical productions. We are exploring territory the variety of criticism, advocacy and writing opportunities mentioned below along with meaningful access to and feedback from our Professional Theatre Critic. JOIN US FOR THIS ONE ON ONE AND SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE!

About the Institute

Students entered in the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy will participate in a series of seminars focusing on the transitional nature of theatre criticism in our technological world. A professional theatre critic will lead the workshops and mentor the participants with assistance of the ITJA Coordinator. Types of topics to be included in the institute are the professional life of the critic, online criticism, issues in criticism and strategies for finding employment in this competitive field.

Participants will be assigned up to three shows that they must see and then write a written critique or response for the assigned shows. Reviews must be written for the general readership of those attending the festival. The approximate length of the reviews will be between 500 and 600 words.

Student critics will be offered the opportunity to have their reviews/responses to the productions posted in the online festival program or at a designated festival location. You will be given strategies that assist you in your development as critics/journalists. The seminar schedule will be in place prior to the festival and the deadlines and process to be followed during the festival will be announced at the first seminar in Indianapolis.

One participant will be selected to receive a cash award and the opportunity to be considered as one of four critics who are selected to attend the national festival in Washington D. C. A runner up will also be selected. One of the four critics at the national festival will receive an all-expenses paid workshop at the Eugene O'Neill Center in Waterford, CT, where he or she will work with established professional critics.

The daily ITJA workshops will be hosted by Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Regional Coordinator, Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft who has been active in KCACTF as an Irene Ryan Judge, Selection Committee Member, a Ten-Minute Play reader and panelist, a reader for the Undergraduate Theatre Scholar Award and workshop leader. She is an Associate Professor of Theatre at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, a professional director and actor, and is a Certified Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. The professional critic who will lead the ITJA seminars will be announced closer to the festival. Stay tuned. . . .

Entry Procedure

There is no entry fee, but entry is limited to the first FOURTEEN students who register.

Send an email to the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Chair at with the information listed below.
DEADLINE: November 20, 2017

To enter: Please send an e-mail containing your name, street address, cell (or other) phone number, e-mail address, major, class rank (sophomore, graduate student etc.) and educational institution, noting your intention to be part of the KCACTF 2018 Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy.

In a student's application letter, the following paragraph must be included: "I agree to
attend ALL of the Institute's daily workshops and to attend and review festival main stage
productions from among those designated by the ITJA coordinator. I understand that failure to
do so will lead to my elimination from the Institute for Theatre Advocacy." The letter will be
considered contractual. Each student must have a faculty member verify that she/he is a current
part-time or full-time student, and to serve as a reference by emailing the ITJA Coordinator.

Students must bring a laptop computer with them. If this presents a problem, notify the ITJA
Regional Coordinator IN ADVANCE and an attempt will be made to assist you.

If you have any questions about these procedures, feel free to contact the Institute for Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Regional Coordinator Jane Purse-Wiedenhoeft by e-mail.


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