Theatrical Arts Students Make Their Mark At Kennedy Center Festival
February 21, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Karissa Neely (801) 863-6807
Students and faculty with Utah Valley University’s Department of Theatrical Arts garnered several honors Feb. 9 at the 45th annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Los Angeles, Calif.
“It was an extremely successful four days at the Festival,” Traci Hainsworth, manager of events, performances and production in UVU’s School of the Arts, said. “Our production of ‘Vincent in Brixton’ was received very enthusiastically, with the national KCACTF respondent saying it was the finest college play she had seen in 20 years.”
UVU theatre students took home finalist awards in several categories. Daniel Anderson was named the National Winner for sound design, while Eileen Nagle was the National Winner in dramaturgy. Lawson Bendall was a Regional Winner in lighting design.
“I think the students, in particular our design and dramaturgy students, really did well,” Christopher Clark, UVU theatre department chair, said. “The response to the production we brought was very enthusiastic and complimentary. I was very proud of the students in this department.”
Several students also garnered semi-finalist honors in stage management, directing and acting. Patrick Kintz was awarded the Steppenwolf Acting Scholarship.
“Kudos to our students, faculty and staff for their incredible dedication and work to make this happen,” Hainsworth said.
A faculty member from another university noted UVU students’ distinctiveness. He complimented Clark on the caliber of students at UVU, and told Clark that his interactions with them were always courteous, good natured, professional and positive.
“Maybe that kind of recognition is the best award of all,” Clark said.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.