Winona State University students from the Theatre and Dance (THAD) department received recognition and several awards at the 46th annual Region V Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) held in January in Lincoln, Neb.
Region V consists of student and faculty participants and competitors from six states: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa.
Senior Conlan Carter’s one-act play, “The End,” was one of three original scripts chosen from a field of 30 submissions for a staged-reading performance at the festival. Carter also received first place for his dramaturgy work on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” and received a certificate of merit for his dramaturgy work on the WSU production “God of Carnage,” which was produced last fall.
Senior Anthony Stewart received a certificate of merit for his stage-management work on the WSU production of “Peter Pan.” Junior Anthony Schliesman and his acting partner, Keagan Anderson, advanced to one of the 64 semi-final acting slots out of a field of more than 300 competitors.
Junior Megan Smith was one of 15 students cast from a pool of 40 dancers to learn and perform the original choreography of the Broadway musical “42nd Street,” taught by a choreographer from the national touring production. Junior Thomas Sonneman was one of 21 actors, out of a field of 120 auditionees, to be cast and perform in ACTF’s 10-Minute Play Festival.
Twenty WSU students attended this year’s KCACTF. In addition to competing, the students participated in six days of theatre workshops conducted by professional artists, auditioned for summer stock positions at professional theatres and attended invited productions from Region V.
According to its website, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process through regional and national festivals, see one another’s work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theatre 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.
For more information, contact Jim Williams JiWilliams@winona.edu