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Students and Faculty Recognized at Theatre Festival

Written by Kate Harner

Willimantic, CT -- Eastern Connecticut State University theatre students and their productions were recognized at the annual Region I Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), held at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, MA, from Jan. 25-30. Ellen Brodie, director of theatre; J.J. Cobb, assistant professor of theatre; Robert Sweetnam, assistant professor of theatre and design; and Chase Rozelle, associate professor of theatre and technical director, accompanied 29 Eastern students to the festival.

            Students who attended included Stephanie Armagno, a junior theatre major from Colchester; Janaya Barnes, a sophomore theatre major from Windsor Locks; Olivia Beaullan-Thong, a freshman theatre major from Hamden; Laura Cuffe, a junior theatre major from Tolland; Shannon Delahanty, a junior English major from Wallingford; Ben Donnel, a senior theatre major from Groton; Keri Dumka, a junior theatre major from Burlington; Ben Friedman, a senior communication major from Bristol; Ryan Gearity, a junior theatre major from Woodbury; Amanda Hale, a senior theatre major from Willimantic; Craig Harlow, a senior theatre major from East Haven; Seana Hendrickson, a junior theatre major from North Grosvenordale; Shane Kegler, a senior theatre major from Mansfield Center; Gia Kilbrith, a senior psychology major from Cold Spring Harbor, NY; Stephanie LaPointe, a senior communication major from Willimantic; Paul Lietz, a sophomore theatre major from Somers; Max Loignon, a senior theatre major from Cheshire; Katherine McManus, a senior communication major from Columbia; Hilary Osborn, a junior theatre major from Columbia; Sarah Paprocki, a sophomore theatre major from Norwich; Lydia Pollard, a junior theatre major from Oakdale; Luke Reinwald, a senior theatre major from Branford; Alexis Smith, a junior music major from Windham; Elizabeth Swan, a junior English major from Woodstock; Blaine Tetlow, a freshman theatre major from North Stonington; David Thomson, a freshman theatre major from Branford; Denis Ugurlu, a junior theatre major from Haddam Neck; Jason Wadecki, a senior communication major from Ledyard; and Corey Welden, a freshman from Mansfield Center.

Wadecki, Smith and Alex Renner, a senior music major from Uxbridge, won honorable mentions for their presentations in the final round at the Design, Technology and Management Expo, which included 130 entries.

Smith also won a full scholarship for a one-week workshop session of her choice at the Stage Craft Institute of Las Vegas. She presented her original music for Eastern's play, "Pleasure Beach," a performance in December 2010 on which she and Renner collaborated. Smith set up her laptop and MIDI keyboard and allowed respondents to use them to understand how she and Renner ran the sound during the performances.

Leonardo Gaviria, a senior communication major from Norwich, was awarded a merit certificate for his videography on "Pleasure Beach." Shane Kegler, a senior theatre major from Mansfield Center, after adjudication as the student director of "Quyne Paterson," was chosen as one of 12 student directors from Region I, which encompasses Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and northeast New York, to compete in the stage directors and choreographers directing fellowship competition.

Eleven Eastern students competed for Irene Ryan acting scholarships after having been chosen by KCACTF respondents who adjudicated shows at Eastern. The Irene Ryan candidates included Cuffe, Donnel, Hale, Hendrickson, Kilbrith, Lietz, Loignon, Osborn, Paprocki, Reinwald and Swan. The Irene Ryan partners included Armagno, Beaullan-Thong, Delahanty, Dumka, Harlow, Kegler, McManus, Pollard, Thomson, Ugurlu and Welden.

Rozelle also received recognition for five years of outstanding service to the Region I KCACTF as the co-chair of design and technologies for the annual festival.

 

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