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WTAMU Production Receives KCACTF Awards

Nov. 27, 2012

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Production Receives KCACTF Awards

CANYON, Texas—The West Texas A&M University production of Iphigenia 2.0 has earned several Respondent Awards as a participating production in the 2012 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). The awards also include a possible invitation to perform at the February KCACTF Region VI Festival in Shreveport, La.

Respondents Dr. Mark Charney, head of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University, and Chris Sousa-Wynn, assistant professor of scenic/lighting design at Texas State University, attended the Nov. 16 and 17 performance of Iphigenia 2.0 and gave the production three Meritorious Achievement Awards as well as three Irene Ryan Acting Award/Nominations.

The production’s Soldier Chorus received a Meritorious Achievement Award in Acting. The chorus members include Christopher Ratliff, junior musical theatre major from Amarillo, Kyla Williams, sophomore theatre performance major from Amarillo, Alexander Hope, junior theatre education major from Plano, and Caleb Brink, freshman musical theatre major from San Antonio.

Two WTAMU faculty members also were recognized with top awards. Shawn D. Irish, assistant professor of theatre, received a Meritorious Achievement Award in Scenic Design, and Stephen Crandall, assistant professor of theatre, received a Meritorious Achievement Award in Directing.

Three WTAMU students— Eric Harrison, junior theatre performance major from Fort Worth, Lauren Bowler, freshman theatre education major from Katy, and Ratliff— received Irene Ryan Acting Awards which gives each student an opportunity to compete in the Regional Irene Ryan Acting Competition at the February KCACTF Festival.

“The respondents have elected to ‘hold’ the production for a possible invitation to perform at the festival in February,” Crandall said. “The regional committee will vote in mid-December on whether Iphigenia 2.0 will receive such an invitation. Either way, it’s a great honor to be held for consideration.”

WTAMU began participating in ACTF in 1994, and every production since then has received high praise and/or a chance to advance to the regional festival. The University last competed at regionals in 2008 with Rabbit Hole.


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