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Theatre and Dance Students nominated for Kennedy Center Award

November 16, 2021
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The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) nominated several Theatre and Dance students for awards and a chance to compete in Washington, D.C. in 2022.

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More than 20 students from the South Carolina School of the Arts at Anderson University received regional nominations for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Awards. 

According to Dr. David Sollish, chair of the Anderson University Department of Theatre and Dance, a KCACTF respondent came to view the Theatre and Dance productions “Lettice and Lovage” and “Guys and Dolls” during the Fall 2021 Semester and nominate students. Those students then can go to a regional Kennedy Center festival to compete, and if they win the region, they head to a national competition in Washington, D.C., with the potential of winning a scholarship.

The following students were nominated:

Lighting Design – Jenna Grigsbee

Scenic Design – Katherine Bates

Stage Management – Hannah Henriques

Sound Design – Lydia Seremba

Dramaturgy – Ashleigh Martin

Assistant Directing – Alexis Morehead, Max Milian

Allied Crafts – Adeline Wiggins, Regan Densmore and John Verzwyvelt

Irene Ryan Nominee – Spencer Dulin, Shelby Parker

Costume Design – Mhairi Henderson

Sound Design – Michaela Newton

Stage Management – Anna-Grace Ray

Scenic Painting – Alexis Morehead

Pops Design – Regan Densmore

Costume Crafts – Alessa Gibbons

Assistant Directing – Christian Woodall

Irene Ryan Nominee – Laurel Moran

Irene Ryan Nominee – Lydia Clark

Started in 1969 by Kennedy Center founding chairman, Roger L. Stevens, the Kennedy Center American College Theater is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide 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.

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