Meredith Selected for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

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Meredith Ensemble Theatre students and faculty have been nominated to compete regionally at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) in Statesboro, Ga. The festival is being held February 8-11, 2017.

The following students were nominated to compete for the Irene Ryan Scholarship at the festival: Leslie Castro ’19, Chelsea Dickens ’18, Emleigh Eiden ’20, Sydney Ferrell ’17, Hannah Johns ’19, Sarah Koop ’17, Victoria Mitchell ’18, Elena Mulligan ’17, and Allie Sullivan ’19. Chelsea Dickens, Victoria Mitchell and Allie Sullivan were also nominated for the Design, Technical and Management Award in stage management. If any of the above mentioned students win they will move on to the national competition in Washington, D.C., in April.

In addition, Meredith Ensemble Theatre was invited to submit three productions for festival consideration; Waiting for Godot, Lysistrata, and Suddenly Last Summer, which was selected to perform at the festival. This honor demonstrates the theatre department’s dedication to create memorable theatre and is a major accomplishment for the students, department, and Meredith College.

Other notable nominations were Associate Professor of Theatre Steven Roten as a faculty director for Waiting for Godot and Suddenly Last Summer, Professor of Theatre Catherine Rodgers as a faculty director for Lysistrata, and Assistant Professor of Theatre Jenni Mann Becker as a faculty designer (scenery) for Waiting for Godot, Lysistrata, and Suddenly Last Summer, and faculty technologist for Lysistrata.

 “We are honored to be recognized by KCACTF,” said Roten, Meredith Ensemble Theatre’s program director. “This acknowledgment speaks to the strength of our training program and the talent of our students.”

KCACTF, founded in 1969 by Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center's founding chairman, is a national organization with eight regions and more than 18,000 student participants. The festival’s main purpose is to help serve “as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.”

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