John F. Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts Announces Scholarship Winners Of 39th Annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presented its 39th annual Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), April 17-22, 2007. Selected participants from eight regional festivals held in January and February at colleges and universities across the country were invited to showcase their talents at the nation’s center for the performing arts, to be considered for scholarships and awards and to participate in master classes with some of the best artists in their field.

Developed by Roger L. Stevens, Kennedy Center founding chairman, the KCACTF is dedicated to encouraging, recognizing, and celebrating the finest and most diverse work produced in college and university theatre programs. The eight regional festivals and national festival are an opportunity for college and university theatre departments to present their work, especially new or student-written work, and to receive outside assessment. Since its establishment in 1969, KCACTF has reached more than 16 million theatregoers and 400,000 college and university theatre students nationwide.


The Barbizon Awards For Excellence In Scenic, Costume And Light Design
Designs of the regional finalists were on display during the national festival and the national design respondents selected the winners in each category. All national winners received an honorarium of $500 and an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the National Design Portfolio Review at Lincoln Center. In addition, regional finalists will be eligible for fellowships to the O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Playwrights’ Conference, The Guthrie Theatre, and the Shakespeare Theatre Company Costume Internship. The United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) will publish information on the national design winnersin Theatre Design and Technology.

The Barbizon Award for Excellence in Scenic Design was presented to Glen M. Anderson, University of Florida.

The Barbizon Award for Excellence in Costume Design was presented to Erik Teague, Kennesaw State University.

The Barbizon Award for Excellence in Lighting Design was presented to Susannah Scott, Western Washington University.

The National Partners Of The American Theatre Award For Design Excellence
The award was presented to one of the Barbizon Design Award finalists who displayed their work at the Kennedy Center during the national festival. The award is funded through contributions by past and present members of the KCACTF National Committee and is co-sponsored by The Korean National University of the Arts (KNUA). NAPAT members Lin Conaway and Andy Gibbs selected this year’s inaugural recipient, Marijo Henning, of Western Washington University.
Marijo will spend a week in Seoul, Korea visiting Theatre Design and Traditional Arts classes, design studios, and attending performances. The award covers round trip airfare, housing, and a meal allowance.

The Broadway Lighting And Projection Master Classes Grant:
A full tuition waiver is offered to each of the following candidates of the Barbizon Lighting Award:

Brittany Diliberto, Virginia Commonwealth University
Kristin Hayes, Emerson College
Chris Holland, Purdue University
Sarah Lazorwitz, Texas State University- San Marcos
Carla Linton, State University of New York at New Paltz
Daniel Parks, University of Central Missouri
Susannah Scott, Western Washington University
Katy Streeter, California State University Fullerton

Courtesy of Ellen Lampert-Greaux and Live Design Magazine

The Kcactf Sound Design Award
Sound Design winners are awarded a residency at the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference in Waterford, Connecticut or Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, as the resident sound assistant. The O’Neill Playwrights Conference Design Fellowship was awarded to David Hunter, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The Williamstown Theatre Festival Assistantship was awarded to Ben Inniger, Bethany Lutheran College.

The O’Neill Playwrights’ Conference Design Fellowships
Lighting Design: Kristin Hayes, Emerson College
Scenic Design: Brian White, Texas State University-San Marcos

kcactf Support
Theatre at the Kennedy Center is presented with the generous support of Stephen and Christine Schwarzman.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival is sponsored by The US Department of Education; Dr. Gerald and Paula McNichols Foundation; The Kennedy Center Corporate Fund; and The National Committee for the Performing Arts.

The US Department of Education supports approximately one-third of the budget for the Kennedy Center Education Department. The contents of this document do not necessarily represent the policy of the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.