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CSU theatre wins regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival honors

For the six consecutive year, students from Colorado State University’s theatre program took home major awards at the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, held at American River College in Sacramento, Calif. from Feb. 18 – 22, 2013.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program, with over 18,000 participants annually, and according to the organization’s website, “[KCACTF] has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theatre in the United States.”

Region VII is comprised of nine western states including Alaska, northern Calif., Colo., Idaho, Mont., northern Nev., Ore., Wash. and Wyo. Over 1,000 theatre students from Region VII convene annually to participate in workshops; attend symposia and colloquies and professional presentation; work with resident artists; and compete for honors, awards, and scholarships for their creative accomplishments in theatre productions at staged at their schools.

Students winning regional awards will travel to Washington, D.C., April 15-20, 2013, to compete at the 45th annual Kennedy Center national conference, where, since 2007, CSU students have distinguished themselves as national award-winners in Stage Management, Acting, Lighting Design, Sound Design, and Playwriting. National winners are selected by discipline-discrete judges from a panel of highly visible theatre professionals.

2013 Regional Awards
David Culp (CSU ‘14) was the Design, Tech and Management: Sound Design Winner for his work on the CSU production of A Christmas Story. He will attend the national conference as a finalist in April.

Mackenzie Mulligan (’14) was the Design, Tech and Management: Lighting Design Winner for her work on the CSU production of Spring Awakening. She will attend the national conference as a finalist in April.

KC Cseresnyes (’13) won a Stage Management Meritorious Achievement award for his work on the CSU production of A Christmas Story.

Dr. Laura Jones, CSU professor, won the ATHE/KCACTF Innovation Teaching Award, presented at the festival by a representative from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.