The American College Theater Festival will begin its 12th year next month with eight plays and an evening of scenes by award-winning college actors and actresses.

The festival events, produced by colleges and universities around the country, are sponsored by the education division of the Kennedy by the education division of the Kennedy Center, and will run there from April 22 to May 11.

The plays were selected from some 400 productions on campuses of 375 schools that are members of the American College Theater Festival, which is produced by the University and College Theater Association.

Plays are selected by those Festival members who have no plays in the running for competition in six regions. Then theater professionals come in to judge which plays should go on to the final festival. Although the winning plays are often directed by faculty of or local professionals, at least half of the actors, including many in leading roles, are students, said the Kennedy Center Education Division's David Young, the producing director.

This year's plays are:

Carlo Goldoni's "The servant of Two Masters," by the University of South Florida.

Student playwrighting James E. Leonard Jr.'s "The Diviners," produced at Hanover College in Indiana.

"Personals," an original musical revue from Brandeis University.

"Distilling Spritis," by student playwright Dean-Michael Dolan at the University of Iowa.

"Streamers" from the State University College at Buffalo.

"Philadelphia, Here I Come!" from the Hilberry Repertory Company of Wayne State University.

"Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home," from Trinity University, in conjunction with Paul Baker's Dallas Theater, written by former student Mary Rohde.

"The Night of the Tribades," a "psychosexual" examination of the life of August Strindberg, performed at Arizona State University at Tempe. (The Kennedy Center feels this will be the most controversial of the festival.)

The Irene Ryan Evening of Scenes, the work of 12 college actors and actresses chosen as regional winners of the Irene Ryan Winners Circle Acting Awards.