UW Students Claim Top Honors at Regional Theatre Festival
February 29, 2008 — University of Wyoming Department of Theatre and Dance students and faculty members received top honors at last week's Region VII Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and Northwest Drama Conference (NWDC), held at UW.
A UW actor won the KCACTF Region VII Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competition for the fifth straight year, picking up UW's 12th regional award since 1990. Senior Nick Linn, Rapid City, S.D., won both the Region VII Irene Ryan competition and the Classical Acting Award. Senior Stephen Post, Spearfish, S.D., won the Irene Ryan Best Partner Award.
Linn and his partner, senior Chelsey Byrd, Fraser, Colo., will advance to the national festival April 14-20, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
Senior Amy Hollon, Los Angeles, Calif., won the prestigious William Inge Festival Student Directing Award. Her scene, featuring three UW students, will be performed in Independence, Kan., at the William Inge Festival later this spring. Inge, one of America's most famous playwrights, produced such works as "Bus Stop," "Picnic" and "The Dark at the Top of the Stairs."
Senior Anna Brownsted, Dallas, Texas, was the Region VII One-Act Play winner for her piece, "Niagara Fell." Of the eight KCACTF regions nationwide, four regional one-act play and four 10-minute play winners will be selected to compete in April's national competition.
Brownsted was also one of six students chosen to direct for the 10-minute play competition at the regional festival and is first alternate for the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers 10-Minute Play Directing Fellowship.
UW doctoral student in psychology, Nicholas Gene Terpstra-Schwab of Colfax, Iowa, won the National Playwriting Program 10-Minute Play competition with his piece, "Sharing This Room With You."
Senior Nicole Watts, Laramie, won a KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Award in Makeup Design for her work on "Uncle Vanya." Junior Laura Shockley, Green River, won a Meritorious Achievement Award in Costume Design for her work on "The ‘M' Word."
UW Professor Larry Hazlett won the Region VII Faculty Excellence Recognition in Lighting Design Fellowship, while department head and Professor of Theatre and Dance Leigh Selting won the Region VII Classical Acting Coach award.
University of Wyoming senior Nick Linn of Rapid City, S.D. and his acting partner, senior Chelsey Byrd of Fraser, Colo., are shown in a scene from last year's production of the 10-minute play "The Rumble Strip." Linn won both the Irene Ryan competition and the Classical Acting Award during the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and Northwest Drama Conference at UW. Linn and Byrd will advance to the national festival April 14-20, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. (UW Photo)