Some of the best young actors in the southeast are in Albany Tuesday night.
Albany State and Darton State teamed up to host the annual Kennedy Center American College Theater Regional Festival.
12-hundred students and faculty will be here through Saturday.
The festival will have an estimated 700-thousand dollar economic impact on Albany.
Organizers said it's important to highlight quality live theater and connect with the community.
"Live theater is different than movies. It's different that television. When people go to live theater they get an appreciation for the art that's being created in front of them,” said Dr. Ray Proctor, ASU Assistant Professor.
"It's like we are the best theater program in the region for one week because we have all of the best talent here for one week,” said Deborah Liss-Green, Darton Assitant.
Albany State is one of 10 semi-finalists in the play competition.
There will also be numerous workshops as well as acting scholarship and design competitions.
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