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Theatre Students Shine at KCACTF Festival

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On Feb. 2, Eastern Theatre student Rachael Perry won the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Allied Design and Technology Award for her work as Projections Designer on the play "Biloxi Blues." The award qualifies Perry to compete in the national festival at the Kennedy Center the week of April 15. She also won a one-week, full tuition $2,000 fellowship to attend the prestigious Stagecraft Institute in Las Vegas this summer.

Theatre major Corey Welden auditioned at the festival and won a half-tuition $1,000 scholarship towards the Commonwealth Shakespeare Internship program in Boston this summer. Zach LaSala, a double major in History and Social Science, and Abby Weston, a Business Administration major and Theatre minor, auditioned at the festival and were cast in two new short plays presented at the festival as part of the National Playwriting Program (NPP) on Feb. 1.

Theatre majors Amanda Conkey and Emily Rieser were part of the collaborative teams of the KCACTF Play Slam that conceived, produced and performed original devised works at the festival. Irene Ryan Candidate Tiane Kneerim, a Psychology major and Theatre minor, and LaSala, Mike Siddell, and Welden, were selected by KCACTF respondents for their  acting in "Biloxi Blues," in the first round of the  Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Competition.

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