2008.02.04 > For Immediate Release
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UNO Theatre Students Receive Recognition at Festival
Omaha - Students from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), Department of Theatre received recognition for their work at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre (KCACTF) Region V Festival hosted by the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), Creighton University and Iowa Western Community College during the week of Jan. 20-26.
The festival activities included hands-on interaction, viewing of productions by regional institutions and tutorials by area and national professionals for students and faculty. More than 1,500 additional participants from 98 other universities traveled from areas in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota to participate in the Omaha-Council Bluffs festival.
More than 340 student actors from the region competed for the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarships. Krystal Kelly, a UNO theatre student, placed in the final 16 for the scholarship with acting partner Shannon Jackson. Other UNO students who received awards:
• Lydia Dawson, first place regional costume design for the UNO production of “The Madwoman of Chaillot,” and first place in the Barbizon Costume Design competition for the UNO production of “Our Country’s Good.” Dawson will go on to Washington D.C. to compete in the national conference.
• Christopher Wood placed first in the Barbizon Lighting Design competition for his work on “Our Country’s Good.” Wood will also go on to Washington D.C. to compete in the national conference.
• Graduate student Wesley Houston placed first in the regional Allied Crafts category for creation of wigs and wooden skirt structures in “Our Country’s Good.”
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The purpose of the Barbizon Awards for Theatrical Design Excellence is to give outstanding students national recognition and the opportunity to exhibit their work both at the United States Institute of Theatre Technology national conference, but also at the Kennedy Center. Designs are appraised on the basis of quality, effectiveness, originality, and adherence to the vision of the overall production. A respondent team of professional and academic designers and directors selects one winner in each category of set design, costume design, lighting design, makeup design, and sound design from the regional design entries.
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