It takes a village to ensure that every associate and participating production entered in our regional festival receives a knowledgeable and supportive response from a faculty artist respondent. This important volunteer role is essential to our educational mission of training and empowering the future leadership of the American Theatre.

We ask that your department supply at least one respondent visit for every associate and participating production you entering the festival.

How to become a respondent

  1. Let your KCACTF state chair know your interested
  2. Attend a respondent training and observe a response (or two) with seasoned responders. Respondent workshops are offered annually at the Regional Festival. This fall we will release a new web-based orientation video to that will make the training more accessible across our region.

Response Scheduling

  • Our state chairs coordinate scheduling of respondents for all Associate productions. Communication of production performance dates, times and locations is managed via email. Please contact your state chair to ensure that you receive these notices.
  • Respondent for Participating productions is coordinated by the regional chair and covered by members of regional selection committee.


  • Contact your state chair (listed below) or the regional chair.
Hadley Kamminga Peck

Hadley Kamminga Peck

Illinois State Chair; Next Steps Coordinator

Western Illinoiw University
Assistant Professor
Theatre History & Directing
Office: 100B Browne
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455 USA

Tracy Manning

Tracy Manning

Indiana State Chair

Taylor University
Co-Chair, Professor of Music
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts
Department of Theatre & Music Theatre
236 West Reade Ave.
Upland, IN 46989-1001

Michelle Hayford

Michelle Hayford

Ohio State Chair

Associate Professor of Theatre
University of Dayton

Nicole Broughton-Adams

Nicole Broughton-Adams

Michigan State Chair; Workshop Co-Coordinator

Universiy of Michigan
517 French Hall
303 E. Kearsley Street
Flint, MI 48502-1950

Arthur Grothe

Arthur Grothe

Wisconsin State Chair

University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair
Artistic Director of Theatre/Associate Professor
Department of Music & Theatre Arts
The Pablo Center at the Confluence/Pablo 248
Eau Claire, WI 54703

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