Thousands of college theater students and faculty members will converge on Urbana on Tuesday.
The 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival begins Tuesday at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and runs through Saturday.
The festival is one of several held across the country througout the year.
The festival's organizer, Ansley Valentine, said Champaign-Urbana was chosen to hold the event due to space at Krannert.
He said that allows more people to attend and learn about what college theater programs have to offer.