Colorado State University Theatre Program Excels at Regional Festival

For the third consecutive year, students from Colorado State University’s theatre program took home major awards at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival held in Reno, Nev.

CSU faculty and students traveled to the University of Nevada in February for the annual conference and won awards in several categories. Deidre Raph took the award for Dramatic Literature and Research in Dramaturgy, Sean Cummings for Playwriting, Christina Fontana for Stage Management and Meghan Gray for Sound Design.

Cummings took home the Playwriting award with his 10-minute dark comedy, “Snipes.” The character exploration roused the audience taking the title in a split decision with three other festival participants.

Gray composed the sound design for CSU’s production of “Oh What a Lovely War” at the festival. In her first attempt at the craft she was honored with the top sound design award.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival began in 1969 under the Kennedy Center’s Founding Chairman, Roger L. Stevens. The national theatre program involves more than 18,000 college and university students with a mission to improve the quality of college theatre in the United States.

This April the same group of CSU theatre students will return to Washington, D.C. to compete at the prestigious Kennedy Center national conference.

Colorado State University has accepted the invitation to host the 2012 regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival; more than 1,200 participants are expected to attend.

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