Theatre Arts students and faculty recognized at Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival

February 13, 2012
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Students perform "The Who's Tommy"

Student and faculty members of New Paltz’s theatre arts program were granted  four awards and eight certificates of merit at the Region I Festival of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF), a year-round theater program that serves more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country. The Region I Festival was held at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts, January 24-29, with participants from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Northeast New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

“The Department of Theatre Arts is thrilled with the performance of our students in this year’s festival. They have received multiple honors in both the performance and design/technology areas,” said Jack Wade, professor and chair of the department. “We are especially proud of our Region I winner in directing who will now go forward to represent the Department Theatre Arts and New Paltz at the National KCACTF Festival at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This is a phenomenal honor for our department and the university.”

Stage Directors and Choreographer’s Fellowship Finalist for Region 1: Samantha Marsh ’12Samantha is the Region I Fellowship winner out of seven regional finalists. She will now go on to compete as a director at the Kennedy Center National Festival in Washington D.C. in April.

Lighting Design, Region I: Sal Nicosia ’13 was awarded the Region I second place (Runner Up) award in Lighting Design for his design of The Icarus Project at Suffolk Community College.

Irene Ryan Acting Award Finalist: Ally Farzetta ’13

Ally Farzetta was among the top 16 finalists out of 235 in the Irene Ryan acting Competition.

Irene Ryan Acting Award Semi-Finalists
Simone Bart ’12, Stefan Brundage ’13, Ally Farzetta’13, Patrick Kiernan’12 and Mike O’Connor’13 were among the 32 semi-finalist’s out of 235 competitors.

The following faculty and students were awarded Certificates of Merit for outstanding achievement in production for 2011.

For The Who’s Tommy
· Ken Goldstein, Assistant Professor – Outstanding Scenic Design
· Brittany Merola ’11 – Outstanding Student Design and Production Team, Costume Design
· Emily Kenny ’12- Outstanding Student Design and Production Team, Lighting Design
· Andrew Keck ’12- Outstanding Student Design and Production Team, Lighting Design
· Patrick Kiernan ’12- Outstanding Student Design and Production Team, Projection Design
· Rachael Brandt ’12- Outstanding Student Design and Production Team, Hair and Makeup Design
· Liz Petley ’11- Outstanding Student Design and Production Team, Stage Management

For Three Sisters
· Outstanding Ensemble Work

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