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Students Receive National Theater Awards

By Justine Benzen
UW-RF University Communications

MARCH 3, 2006--Two students from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls won awards given by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region Three in January at the Regional Convention in Bloomington, Ill.

Iris O'Brien, senior history major from Rhinelander, Wis., received two awards - a Certificate of Merit for lighting design for "Laughter on the 23 rd Floor," a University play performed last year, and a Regional Stage Management Award for stage managing "10-Minute One Acts."

Denise Barker, a theatre major graduate of UW-RF from Hudson, Wis., received a Certificate of Merit for puppet design for "Re-imagining the Lewis and Clark Expedition," a University production performed last spring.

"These awards recognize outstanding student work in theatre," said Kenneth Stofferahn, professor of speech communication and theatre arts. "These awards mean a great deal to the students as a recognition of their work."       

The KCACTF is a year-round program in eight geographic regions in the United States. The goals of KCACTF is to encourage, recognize and celebrate the finest and most diverse work produced in university and college theater programs; to provide opportunities for participants to develop their theater skills and insight and achieve professionalism; to improve the quality of college and university theater in America; and to encourage colleges and universities to give distinguished productions or new plays, especially those written by students. It bestows awards in overall production excellence and individual student artist recognition through awards and scholarship in playwriting, acting, criticism, directing and design.



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