DES MOINES, IA – More than 1,500 collegiate students, faculty, staff, and guest artists will visit Des Moines this week for the 2017 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 5. The festival, which runs through January 28, welcomes more than 80 Midwest universities and colleges, approximately 15 of which are from Iowa. Students will spend their time developing theater skills and celebrating work produced by their peers in four of Des Moines’ major performing arts venues: Des Moines Civic Center, Hoyt Sherman Place, Temple for Performing Arts, and Des Moines Social Club.
“We are excited for the opportunity to showcase our city to students from across the Midwest, as well as Kennedy Theater representatives, and other premiere arts organizations from across the
country,” says Greg Edwards, President & CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission. “Our region offers rich performing arts opportunities and venues, and this festival is a great example of the diverse events our team goes after and our city can successfully host.”
Des Moines was selected to host the festival because of its strong theater scene and long list of arts and culture offerings. This is the first time an organization, rather than a college or university, has served as the host for a Region 5 festival. The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau secured the festival for two consecutive years.
“We are thrilled to bring the festival to Des Moines in both 2017 and 2018,” says Brad Dell, Chair of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 5. Besides being extremely walkable, Des Moines offers unique venues and will provide our students with a one-of-a-kind experience on and off stage.”