CSU, Chico News

Theatre Students Win Awards at Regional Festival

Date: 03-05-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs

Two California State University, Chico theatre students took home awards from the Region 7 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Feb. 17-21 in Ellensburg, Washington.

Thirteen CSU, Chico students were selected by KCACTF to attend the conference, which allows college and university theatre students to showcase their work and receive outside assessment from industry professionals. More than 1,100 college-level students attended, hailing from northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, northern Nevada and Alaska.

Joseph Hamilton won the Don Childs Scholarship to the Stagecraft Institute of Las Vegas (SILV) for his projection design work on the Department of Music and Theatre’s 2014 production of “Living Dead in Denmark.” SILV is an eight-week summer intensive training program with professional designers and theatre technicians using state-of-the-art live entertainment productions in Las Vegas as a learning lab.

In addition, Philomena Block won the award for best undergraduate scholarly paper for her submission, “The Wind Up Girl: An exploration of the lasting relevance of ‘Machinal’ in American theatre.” Her paper will be forwarded on for consideration at the national conference in Washington, D.C., in April.

Started in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, KCACTF is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide which aims to improve the quality of college theater programs in the United States.

This year marks the third straight year CSU, Chico theatre students have taken home awards from KCACTF.

In 2014, Amelia Bransky won the national award for scenic design for her designs for the department’s production of “Dr. Faustus,” and Madison Kisst won the award for best undergraduate scholarly paper for her submission on the play “Mnemonic,” by British theatre company Complicite.

In 2013, McKenna Perry took second place at the regional conference for her scenic design of “Arabian Nights.”

Learn more about CSU, Chico’s Department of Music and Theatre and see upcoming events at hwww.csuchico.edu/muta.