Cameron University students participate at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Seven Cameron University Theatre Arts majors participated at the recent Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Abilene, Texas.

“The Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival allows Cameron students to celebrate the creative process,” says Scott Richard Klein, Chair, CU Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts. “Participation at the regional festival provides our theatre arts majors with the opportunity to share experiences and insights from like-minded students and professionals.”

Dakota Barbee and Emily WhatleyDakota Barbee, Walters, was recognized for Outstanding Properties Design for her work on “4.48 Psychosis,” which was the department’s entry in this year’s festival. Barbee was also awarded a scholarship to attend the Stagecraft Institute this summer.

Emily Whatley, Duke, was recognized by her peers for Set Design of “4.48 Psychosis with the Student’s Choice Award in design.

Three CU students – Ciara Renée, Lawton; MacEwan Sanders, Lawton; and Payton Williams, Comanche, were nominated for the prestigious Irene Ryan Acting Competition. Renée chose Barbee as her partner for her competition performance. Williams completed her performance scene with Jacob Parkhurst, Lawton, and Sanders selected Joy Christie, Augusta, Ga., as his performance partner.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide and which has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States. The KCACTF has grown into a network of more than 600 academic institutions throughout the country, where theater departments and student artists showcase their work and receive outside assessment by KCACTF respondents. Regional festivals showcase the finest of each region's entered productions and offer a variety of activities, including workshops, symposia, and regional-level award programs.

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March 6, 2019