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February 10, 2012
CSU will host more than 1,400 participants at the 2012 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region VII Conference today through Friday at the University Center for the Arts.
The Kennedy Center theater festival is a national program with more than 18,000 participants annually, and has served as a catalyst in improving college theater around the country. CSU’s theater program has won major Region VII awards the past four years and has gone on to national competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the past three years.
Representatives from nine western states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming) will participate in the five-day festival. Students will participate in workshops, attend symposia and work with resident artists.
Additionally, students will participate in performance competitions, with winners advancing to the Kennedy Center final. CSU will perform “The Kafka Project,” which had its world premier in November after being created by Walt Jones, director of CSU’s theater and dance program.
“Hosting the regional festival this year is a great honor,” Jones said. “It gives us prominent status among this region’s theatre programs. Along with our rewards on regional and national levels over the past few years, we are really making our mark.”
Live theater performances are not open to the public, but Canadian professional horror-clown duo Mump & Smoot (not suitable for children) will do live shows at the UCA at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available online.
Contact: Jennifer Clary
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