Cameron University theatre students nominated for prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship

Three Cameron University students have been nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship in recognition of their outstanding performances in “The Breasts of Tiresias,” the first production of the season by the Department of Theatre Arts and Cameron’s official entry into the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.  Clinton Blackwell, Jr., Oklahoma City; Diane Denham, Lawton; and P.M. Williams, Comanche; are the nominees for the prestigious award. All are theatre majors.

“Representatives from Region VI of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival attended and evaluated the first performance of ‘The Breasts of Tiresias’,” says Scott Richard Klein, Chair, Department of Theatre Arts. “Not only did they recommend nominations for the Irene Ryan scholarship, they also recognized our students and faculty with Meritorious Achievement Awards.”

Charlyn Nagorski, Lawton, received the Meritorious Achievement Award for her costume design; Mark Branson, Lawton, for House Managing, and Judd Vermillion, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts, for scenic and light design.

Blackwell, Branson, Denham, Nagorski, and Williams will compete in the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, slated for February 24-27, 2016, at Angelo State University.

As nominees for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship, Blackwell, Denham and Williams will vie for the top spot in the region, which results in an automatic invitation to the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. At the national festival, two national scholarships will be awarded.

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October 14, 2015

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