Mount Mercy University participates in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. 

Mount Mercy's fall production of The Crucible will be its first ever entry into the KCACTF. As a Participating Production, The Crucible will be considered for the prestigious honor of performing at the KCACTF Region V Festival in Lincoln Nebraska. Through Mount Mercy's partcipation in KCACTF, students will be eligible for various awards and scholarships on an individual basis.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, the Kennedy Center American College Theater (KCACTF) is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents.

Through state, regional, and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. The KCACTF honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing, and design.