Feb. 1, 2013: Individuals from the Clarke University Drama Department received awards at the Kennedy Center's regional American College Theater Festival (ACTF) which took place Jan. 20-26, 2013, at the University of Nebraska - Johnny Carson School of Theater & Film in Lincoln, Neb.
Clarke student, Adam O’Dell received a regional and national achievement award for sound design and original score for “The Glass Menagerie.” Another student, Josh McDowell, received a regional achievement award for hair and makeup design for “Triumph of Love.” Adjunct faculty, Robert Neumann scored a regional award for costume design for “Triumph of Love.” Student Traci Johnson was a featured performer in the Musical Theatre Intensive Showcase. The entire student company received honorable mention for the load-in load-out of the setting for “The Glass Menagerie.” One of the national respondents to “The Glass Menagerie” said, “I am grateful to you for doing this production and doing it so beautifully.”
The Kennedy Center program began in 1969 to "encourage, recognize and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs.” Clarke University participates in ACTF Region 5, competing among schools in Iowa, Minnesota, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and North Dakota. Each year, the ACTF Region 5 typically reviews over 200 entries and selects four productions for performance in their regional festival.
Clarke drama productions have won numerous ACTF awards in recent years. In 2012, The Caretaker was selected to perform. The production received regional honors for set design, and went on to win the national award for director and student actor. At the 2011 festival, Clarke's production of Eurydice won regional awards for student poster design and student set design. And, in 2008, Agnes of God was selected to perform.
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