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UW to be Well-Represented at KCACTF Regional Festival

December 18, 2008 — The University of Wyoming will be well-represented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region VII Festival in February at the University of Idaho.

UW has four of seven regional finalists in the one-act play category, one of six finalists in the 10-minute play division and a record 20 nominees in the Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Auditions.

"These nominations, which are juried selections by faculty from other universities and colleges in the region, speak to the high quality of work our students are achieving in our production season," says Leigh Selting, head of the UW Department of Theatre and Dance. "We are extremely proud of all of the UW nominees!"

The UW finalists for one-act play are Chris Browne (Sheridan) for "Shot Clock," Jaime Cruz (Laramie) for "Dead in the Kitchen," Tyler Fall (Laramie) for "Mulch" and Drew Lyness (Shropshire, England) for "Body of an American."

For 10-minute play, Randi Million (Laramie) is UW's lone nominee for "Idiot's Guide."

The UW nominees for the regional Irene Ryan auditions are: Harlan Post, Ian Rowe, Jake Staley and Katie Stearns, all of Cheyenne; Anne Mason of Laramie; Dan Cole of Sheridan; Noelia Antweiler and Mark Mieden, both of Westminster, Colo.; Rachel Rosenfeld of Aurora, Colo.; Joelle Weber of Centennial, Colo.; Steven Rotramel of Greeley, Colo.; Katrina Despain of Loveland, Colo.; Kelleen Shadow of Parker, Colo.; Rebecca Diamond of Winter Park, Colo.; Alex Gibson of Orange, Calif.; Mary Higgins of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Lindsay Neinast of Arlington, Texas; Kayla O'Keefe of Helena, Mont.; Cameron Rush of Pasco, Wash.; and Erin Eloise Tulberg of Lynnwood, Wash.

The main focus of the scholarship auditions is to celebrate the nation's finest student actors and the craft that enables them to create compelling and truthful characterizations.

Region VII of the KCACTF includes colleges and universities from Wyoming, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

The top performers at the regional festival, Feb. 16-20 in Moscow, will advance to the KCACTF National Festival April 13-19 in Washington, D.C.

Nominees -- University of Wyoming students Jake Staley and Katie Stearns, both of Cheyenne, appeared in last summer's comedy "Cockeyed." Both are nominated for the KCACTF's regional Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions. (UW Photo)

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