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February 28, 2011
For the fourth consecutive year, students from Colorado State University's theater program took home major awards at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Arcata, Cali.
For the fourth consecutive year, students from Colorado State University’s theater program took home major awards at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, held in Arcata, Cali.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program, with over 18,000 participants annually, and according to the organization’s website, “[KCACTF] has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.”
Faculty and students representing the department traveled to Humboldt State University Feb. 14 – 18 for the annual conference, winning six awards in five categories – the most of any university in the seven stage region.
For the third year in a row, CSU students will return to Washington, D.C. in April to compete at the prestigious Kennedy Center national conference; three students were invited to the competition, besting CSU’s record set in 2009.
Luke Peckinpaugh (CSU ’11) won the coveted Irene Ryan Acting Award out of 408 actors, and an invitation to attend the Kennedy Center national conference competition. Luke won regional nominations from CSU productions of All My Sons by Arthur Miller (Joe Keller), and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Dale Wasserman, adapted from the novel by Ken Kesey (Randal Patrick Murphy). Luke did scenes from Lone Star by Jim McLure, and A Prayer for My Daughter by Thomas Babe, as well as a startling monologue from Utopian Highway by Chuck Mee. Luke is a great nephew of film director Sam Peckinpah.
Luke’s competition partner is Jeff Garland (CSU '12), who will also attend the national conference.
Meghan Gray (CSU ‘10) won Best Lighting Design for her design for the CSU production of Polaroid Stories by Naomi Iizuka. She will attend the national conference in April. Meghan received a sound design award at the 2010 KCACTF.
Scott Sharp (CSU '11) won the Mark Twain Award for Comedy with a scene from Fubar by Karl Gadjusek, a scene from The Scene by Theresa Reebeck, and a monologue "Sigmund Fraud" which he wrote. Scott's partner was Willa Bograd (CSU '14).
Parker Stegmaier (CSU '13) won a Meritorious Certificate for his sound design for the CSU production of Dog Sees God, by Bert V. Royal.
Seth Walter (CSU '10) won a Meritorious Certificate for his stage management of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Meghan Connor (CSU ’13) won a callback to a prestigious Bay Area Shakespeare Festival.
“Not a bad week for CSU Theatre,” exclaimed Walt Jones, co-director of the CSU Division of Theatre and Dance.
Colorado State University will host the 2012 regional KCACTF on Feb. 13 – 18. Over 1,200 participants are expected to attend the weeklong event being held at the University Center for the Arts and the Hilton Hotel.
Colorado State University provides an enriched program where the study and practice of Art, Dance, Music and Theatre are nurtured and sustained by building the skills and knowledge needed by future generations of arts professionals to become contributors to the essential vitality of our culture and society. For more information, visit the website.
Contact: Jennifer Clary